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What is the best intermittent fasting schedule for women?
It seems that each and every year, a new diet trend comes along that promises dieters an
achievable way to reach their weight loss goals.
Unless you've been living under a rock recently, you'll have noticed that intermittent fasting
schedules are currently big news!
It's pretty self explanatory to work out what's involved, but it's basically all about strictly
limiting your calorie intake for short period of time.
The premise is brilliant for women who want to lose weight, but still eat normally most
of the time, and allow themselves a little indulgence.
Let's take a look at the best options when it comes to the best intermittent fasting
schedules for women.
First up is the Fast 5 method.
On this diet, you're allowed to eat during a five hour window each day.
You can choose the five hour window yourself, so it's fairly flexible in this respect.
You're unlikely to lose any weight during the first three weeks, so bear this in mind
before starting the diet.
You need to be in it for the longer haul, and it isn't considered to be a quick fix!
Next, what about the 5:2 method?
This one involves water fasting for two days a week, then eating a normal but healthy diet
on the remaining five days.
This one has been covered perhaps the most extensively in the media.
The fact that only two days per week are different, and you eat normally the other 5, it can also
take a while to start seeing results.
If you like to see the scales going down to spur you on, this isn't necessarily the right
option for you.
Finally, there's the Alternate Day diet.
This was developed by James B. Johnson M.D. and involves eating normally one day, then
eating less than 500 calories (or, 600 for men) on the following day, then repeating.
The great thing about this diet is that it supercharges your metabolism.
Your body quite literally doesn't know what to expect, so you can be fairly sure that
the results will start showing in the fastest possible time.
In this respect, it's the Alternate Day diet, that really ticks the boxes.
Sticking to the day on, day off schedule also means that it's really quick to get into a
Whichever intermittent fasting diet you decide to go for, do your research and plan your
meals in advance.
Whether you're a career lady, a busy mother juggling a young family, a student at college,
or anything in between, there really is a way to make a fasting diet work for you.
As with everything though, failing to prepare is preparing to fail, so don't put yourself
at a disadvantage before you even get started!
The right mindset is also your secret weapon.
Approach it as a lifestyle choice that will have long-lasting health benefits rather than
just a way to get thin quick, and you'll be best placed for making positive changes.
You'll need to overcome the urge to overeat on your 'normal eating' days, so bear this
in mind at the beginning.
Have you ever done one of these diets? Did it work for you?