Intermittent fasting is growing popular as a quick weight-loss method that also offers additional health benefits. Because you are cutting down on your meals, fasting requires immense willpower, lest you will end up quitting it.
In this article, we discuss the much-needed details of vegan intermittent fasting.
What Is Intermittent Fasting?
Intermittent fasting is a weight-loss method that is based on a few continuous hours of fasting and an eating window every day. It is simple. You eat only during the eating window and in the remaining hours, you fast. While you eat your meals during the eating window, make sure that you do not eat foods loaded with calories.
There are different intermittent fasting methods:
5:2 –When you follow this method, you eat 5 days a week and eat only 500-600 kcals two days in the week.
Eat-stop-eat: In this method, you have to avoid eating altogether for a 24-hour period. You have to do this once or twice a week.
16:8– In this method, you eat during the 8-hour eating window and fast the remaining time every day.
Alternate day fasting: In this method, you eat normally on the first day (of the week) and eat only 500 kcals the next day. You follow this pattern in the coming days as well.
How To Practice Intermittent Fasting On A Vegan Diet?
Intermittent fasting is not going to be easy for vegans but it is still possible.
Here are the basic steps to follow when starting intermittent fasting as a vegan.
Analyze your lifestyle and choose a fasting method: As there are different methods of intermittent fasting, you have to be careful about choosing one method. Analyze your working hours, health condition, and eating habits to choose a fasting method that you can pull off.
Make it slow: When it comes to adopting fasting, it is always better to make a gradual shift. If you are planning to go for the 16:8 method, start by choosing a 10 or 12-hour eating window and then drop down to the 8-hour window slowly.
Review the results: After practicing intermittent fasting for two weeks or a month, see if you got any results. If you do not notice any, it means intermittent fasting is not working for you. It is better to stop fasting and go for some other weight loss methods.
Experts suggest that vegans who are carrying or breastfeeding should not try intermittent fasting. The same applies to diabetic vegans.