Intermittent fasting is the voluntary abstinence from food for a prolonged period of time.
Traditionally many cultures and religions have used fasting in their practises.
Some Christians follow lent. The Muslim religion has Ramadan where fasting is observed for 29-30 days during the daylight hours.
Buddhist monks and nuns following Vinaya rules commonly do not eat each day after the noon meal, aiding in meditation and good health.
Intermittent fasting is an umbrella term for various eating diet plans that cycle between a period of fasting and non-fasting over a defined period. Intermittent fasting is under preliminary research to assess if it can produce weight loss comparable to long-term calorie restriction.
Many believe that fasting is the most ancient secret to good health.
There have been many studies on various intermittent fasting diets that show that intermittent fasting can improve health and successfully aid in weight loss.
For the purpose of this paper I would like to further explore:
- Periodic fasting (where, once every few months you cut your food intake down for 5 days in a row)
- The 5:2 approach (where you restrict your calories for 2 days a week)
- Time Restricted Eating (where you restrict your eating to a narrow time window)