Intermittent fasting is a "NEW" and exciting way to achieve amazing fat loss results…….. just kidding, humans have fasted for most of history, whether it’s during the typical nights sleep, during more extended periods of food scarcity, or for religious reasons. Many fitness professionals try and make out like this is some new scientific breakthrough and everyone should now jump on this revolutionary diet approach bandwagon. However, this is just not the case, I’m not saying it’s a bad strategy as I’ve used it as a tool for many clients, but mainly because it fits well with their busy life, specifically work schedule/commitments. What I am saying is that this is no better than any other dietary approach that restricts calories, if you currently have an Online Fitness Coach or nutritionist they will likely recommended a diet approach that works well for you as an individual.
So, what is intermittent fasting?
Intermittent fasting (or "IF") is an eating pattern where you cycle between periods of eating and fasting. There are many different intermittent fasting methods. The most popular ones are the 16/8 method (eat for 8 hours and fast for 16), Eat-Stop-Eat (24 hour fast once or twice per week) and the 5:2 diet (eating 500-600 calories for two days of the week and eat normal for five).
Just like many dietary strategies, I do actually recommend this approach when needed, if you struggle to fit breakfast in the mornings and/or struggle to maintain a calorie deficit through the week, then the 16/8 approach would likely work really well. If you’ve tried controlling calories as well as the 16/8 approach, but have seen little to no results, then you could try the fasting for 24 hours once or twice per week, but you wouldn’t catch me not eating for 24 hours, actually, you’re unlucky to catch me not eating one of Costa’s infamous brownies for more than 24 hours, but if it works for you then that’s the approach you should take (if safe to do so).
No matter what dietary approach you take, if you make sure you’re controlling calories and progressively increasing your performance in the gym, you can’t go far wrong. If you're unsure, please seek the guidance from and Online Personal Training Expert