Intermittent Fasting – how does it work?

by Sanjeev Kapoor

Over the past few years the health and fitness world has seen its fair share of trends and diets, some that were downright crazy and others that were quite effective. As we’re sure you must be wondering, ‘How do we know if these trends are worth our time’. Well that’s where we come in for after doing intensive research we have come to you with the latest trend that is taking the health and fitness world by storm – Intermittent Fasting. Unlike other diets during Intermittent Fasting you don’t alter the food you typically eat but rather when you eat. So what are you waiting for, go on down to read everything you need to know about Intermittent Fasting.

What is Intermittent Fasting?

Firstly contrary to popular belief Intermittent Fasting is not a diet but actually an eating pattern. Although upon first hearing, Intermittent Fasting can sound like an exhausting routine to follow however in reality it is quite easy to implement and is known to make your life easier. During Intermittent Fasting you either split the day or week into periods of fasting and eating. During these ‘Fasting’ periods either you eat little or nothing at all. Moreover not only is this method effective when it comes to fat loss but also helps with maintaining muscles mass while getting lean.


Types of Intermittent Fasting –

1 – 5:2 method Through this method essentially you focus on reducing your calorie intake however that too for specific portions of time rather than throughout the day. How it works is that for 2 non consecutive days of the week you only consume around 500 – 600 calories however for the rest of the week you resume your regular meal plan.

2 – 16/8 method AKA Leangains Protocol – While following this protocol you divide your day into periods of fasting and eating. As the name suggests you split your day into two portions, one eating period of 8 hours and then a fasting period for 16 hours. Typically during this method you skip breakfast and eat from 1 – 9 pm.

3 – Eat – Stop – Eat – Another popular variation, through this method you fast for 24 hours and you do this either once or twice a week. However once the fasting period ends you can resume your regular diet however keeping in mind that you do not binge eat and have balanced meals.


Although there are many other variations of Intermittent Fasting we will only be exploring the 3 methods as these are not only the most popular but also said to be the simplest to execute. It is also important to keep in mind that while you follow any of these plans at the same time it is also important to have a regular exercise routine that you follow as this helps with improving the success rate of the method you implement. Lastly based on studies it could be stated that Intermittent Fasting has quite a high success rate however once again this is dependent on each person and their lifestyle.



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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.