Intermittent fasting diet

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Intermittent fasting diet is a dietary pattern in which an individual alternates between periods of fasting and periods of eating. This type of diet has gained popularity in recent years, as many people have found it to be an effective way to lose weight and improve their overall health.

How it works

There are several different types of intermittent fasting diets, but the most common one involves fasting for 16 hours per day and consuming all of your calories within an 8-hour window. This is known as the 16/8 method, also called the Leangains method.

During the fasting period, you can consume water, coffee, and other zero-calorie beverages, but you should avoid solid foods. During the eating period, you can consume whatever foods you like, but it is important to focus on eating healthy, nutrient-dense foods.

Intermittent fasting works by putting the body into a state of ketosis, which is when the body burns fat for fuel instead of glucose. When the body is in a state of ketosis, it can help to reduce inflammation, improve insulin sensitivity, and promote weight loss.


Intermittent fasting has several potential benefits, including:

  • Weight loss: Intermittent fasting can help to reduce calorie intake and promote weight loss.
  • Improved insulin sensitivity: Intermittent fasting can help to improve insulin sensitivity, which can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
  • Reduced inflammation: Intermittent fasting can help to reduce inflammation in the body, which can reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer.
  • Improved cognitive function: Intermittent fasting may help to improve cognitive function and protect against neurodegenerative diseases.


Intermittent fasting is generally considered safe for most people, but there are some risks to consider. These include:

  • Hunger: During the fasting period, some people may experience hunger, which can make it difficult to stick to the diet.
  • Headaches: Some people may experience headaches during the fasting period, especially if they are new to intermittent fasting.
  • Fatigue: Some people may experience fatigue during the fasting period, especially if they are not getting enough sleep.
  • Overeating: During the eating period, some people may be tempted to overeat, which can negate the benefits of the diet.

It is important to speak to a healthcare professional before starting an intermittent fasting diet, especially if you have a medical condition or are taking medication.

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