The Fast Diet: An Introduction to Intermittent Fasting

There’s a plethora of diets that have emerged in the health community recently, all of which were hyped up because of the presence of celebrities, fitness gurus and even the social media. Examples of such fad diets are the alkaline, werewolf, the master cleanse/ detox, and the five-bite diets. However, despite their presumed benefits, many people have trouble keeping up because of the high demand and unrealism which mainly stems from the inability of the person to incorporate the diet in their daily life which consists of activities full or chores, work, and sometimes even leisure.

I came across this book, in a book bazaar titled as “The Fast Diet”, which basically talks about the nitty gritty of intermittent fasting- benefits, scheduling and recipe examples of what you could include during your fasting days.

What is Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting basically came from two words. The first, intermittent, is defined by the Merriam Webster’s dictionary as “occurring at irregular intervals”, while fasting is defined as “abstaining from all sorts of food or liquids during a specified time period.”

How to Do the Diet

In this diet, you are going to divide your day into 24 hours, and you have to maintain a ‘fasting period’ of at least 16 hours for at least twice a week in order to harness the benefits from the diet. That’s just it. No complications but full blown benefits.

Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

  • The fast diet demands a look not only on the foods we eat but the schedule of when we eat it as well.
  • No complicated rules to follow.
  • No daily slog of calorie control.
  • It involves fasting but it doesn’t involve starvation.
  • Still enjoy the foods you love for most of the day.
  • Sticking to the regimen is so easy.
  • Weight loss is only one potential benefit- there are numerous long-term health benefits as well (see other article for the full list and the science behind it).
  • You will understand that it is not only a diet but a sustainable strategy for a longer, healthier life.
Author: juliandee