As trends go, intermittent fasting is one of the latest and biggest ones.

Dieting is the number one biggest method people use when trying to lose weight. Many people are now going the intermittent fasting route, but what exactly is it?

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Intermittent fasting is not really a diet, but more of an eating pattern/cycle. In the past, it is a method that was exclusive to bodybuilders. When the bodybuilders wanted to lose fat quickly while maintaining muscle, they would do the fast.  While diets tell you WHAT to eat, intermittent fasting tells you WHEN to eat. You eat only during specific hours of the day and fast during the rest.

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Schedules for doing the fast vary. You may opt to eat for only 8 hours in the day and fast for the remaining 16 or eat only one meal a day for two days of the week. What happens during the fast is that the body exhausts its sugar and fat reserves and burns fat, eventually helping you cut some weight.

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Further, a couple more things happen when you fast intermittently. For example, your body becomes more insulin-sensitive, making your insulin levels drop. Your blood pressure and resting heart rates are improved, causing improved heart health. During the fast, your body cells initiate cellular repair processes; cells digest and remove old and dysfunctional proteins that build up inside cells. Not only is intermittent fasting good for weight loss, it assists in managing other health factors.

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Not everyone should try the fast. Children under 18 years, pregnant women, people with diabetes and those with a history of eating disorders should not participate. Intermittent fasting may have different effects on different people/ Talk to a doctor if you begin to experience unusual and uncomfortable symptoms.

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