Which method of intermittent fasting should you choose?

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How do you choose the right fasting plan to suit your lifestyle? To choose the best style of fasting for you, give it some time and experiment with the various options before deciding which one you’ll be able to keep up in the long term. Intermittent fasting is meant to be a permanent lifestyle so you can maintain your weight with the least possible effort. So be sensible when choosing your plan (don’t try and do too much at once) and choose a type that you will enjoy. There are so many variations of fasting you’re bound to find something that works for you. Here are some options: ‘Daily Fasts’ (Eating Window Fasts) These fasts are usually for 18 hours, every day of the week and might be a better choice if you don’t like the idea of a 24 hour fast. For example, start each fast after the evening meal at say 6pm until […]

The 5:2 Method (The Fast Diet)

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What is the 5:2 Method? The 5 2 Diet or ‘Method’ otherwise known as the Fast Diet (even though all iFasting methods are not really a ‘diet’ as such) is a much more realistic fasting method for most people who don’t like the idea of ‘true fasting’ (having no food/calories at all). With this method, ‘fasting’ means restricting your calories to a certain amount. Not going without any food/calories. It became a popular method of intermittent fasting after the BBC Horizon documentary called Eat, Fast and Live Longer in August 2012. Journalist Dr Mosley wanted to find an alternative to the options given to him of Alternate Day Fasting and fasting for three and a half days every one or two months, so one of the gerontologists in the documentary came up with it as an alternative. How to Do It: It’s pretty simple. ‘Fast’ either  for 2 days in a row or any two days […]

The iFasters Method – A Great Option for Women

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If you’re a woman and you’re not sure what fasting method to choose, we have our own method that fine-tuned according to the feedback and weight loss results from women. This method which we call the iFasters Method is just an easy way of referring to the 5:2 Method with a period of ‘true fasting’ and seems to have the best results for women of all ages. Note: This method is designed to be done after you’ve mastered the art of true fasting for 18-24 hours without any disordered eating habits or overeating afterwards. Please check your eating personality type first and if you need to, follow the weekly guide to build up your fasting time gradually. So here’s what you do: Choose two fasting days that are not on two consecutive days. On your chosen fasting days, fast (no calories or very low calories such as a couple of cups of tea or coffee with light […]

Daily Fasts (‘Eating Window’ or ‘Fast 5’)

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This method of intermittent fasting involves eating only within a certain ‘window’ of time each day. Some intermittent fasters prefer to fast every day but for a shorter length of time than attempt longer fasts as they find this easier to stick to. Daily fasts can be any length of time although are generally between 16 and 20 hours and start at any time of day you like, but usually begin after the evening meal. Most people find that they’re usually not bothered by skipping breakfast and are not even hungry in the mornings. They might also find that the hardest part of a fast is at the beginning so choose to start fasting at night because they’ll be asleep for most of that time. So the fast would start each day after dinner, say from 7pm until 1pm the next day (for a 18 hour fast) or 8pm to 12pm the next day for […]

24 Hour Fasts

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24 Hours Without Food – Can You Do It? Trust me, this is much easier than it sounds! Most iFasters who choose to fast for 24 hours to either lose weight or maintain their weight do so over any 24 hour period that fits in with their lifestyle. It’s usually done once or twice a week (but never done 2 days in a row). It’s easy to maintain for a lot of iFasters because you don’t have to fast as often as other intermittent fasting methods and you never go a full day without a meal somewhere. Most 24 hour ifasters also make sure they stick to a sensible diet such as a high protein and low carbohydrate for the rest of the week but this is up to you and depends on your weight loss goals. If you like, you can alternate low carbohydrate days and normal eating days with this method for a […]