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Intermittent Fasting: 4 Different Types Explained

Can this ‘pattern’ style of eating be right for you?
If you thought fasting was just for religious purposes, think again. A newer phenomenon in the weight loss world called Intermittent Fasting (IF) is growing into a popular health and fitness trend.

During IF, you alternate between periods of eating and fasting. This type of eating is often described as “patterns” or “cycles” of fasting.

There are several effective approaches to IF, but it all comes down to personal preference.

“If you want to give IF a try, be prepared to figure out what works best for you,” says registered dietitian Anna Taylor, MS, RD, LD, CDE. “It might take some trial and error first.”

Some people find it easy to fast for 16 hours and confine meals to just eight hours of the day, such as 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., while others have a hard time and need to shorten their fasting window, explains Taylor.