Which Is The Best Way To Lose Weight: Fasting Or Traditional Weight Loss?

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There are so many different ways to lose weight it can become mind boggling. There are companies where you can order your diet meals and have them delivered, and there are places where you can go for support. You can go on a low-calorie, low-carbohydrate, Paleo, plant-based, or ketogenic diet, just to name a few. One of the new ways to drop off the pounds is too fast. Intermittent fasting, also known as alternate day fasting, has been put up against a regular weight loss program to see which one works best.


What is Intermittent or Alternate-Day Fasting?

Fasting – even though it is called different names, such as intermittent, alternate day, or the 5:2 diet – all comes down to not eating more than 500 calories a day. It is a very strict way to lose weight and means you have to eat less in one day then resume eating a regular meal the following day. Your body doesn’t really have a chance to get used to eating less when you follow it up with eating more than you normally do.

There are a number of ways to fast. Here are five different types you may want to try before you begin:


1. Leangains 

Leangains – best for those who frequent the gym and are wanting to end up looking like a body builder. Women fast for 14 hours, men for 16, then they eat regular food for the rest of the time they have left. Fasting this way is pretty well structured and based on when you exercise at the gym and when you relax and fast. This is more difficult than most of the other fasting plans.


2. Eat Stop Eat 

Eat Stop Eat – for those who are healthy and are into resistance training. On this plan you fast for 24 hours a couple of times each week. You do not eat any food at all during this period, but only drink beverages that are calorie-free. When you are off the fast, you act as if you never fasted and eat regular meals. This plan is very difficult for most people. Going 24 hours without food will leave you feeling tired, anxious, and probably with a headache.

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