Practice intermittent fasting safely

Intermittent fasting (IMF) has been used for centuries during times when food was scarce and plays a central role in many religions. It requires you to skip meals, and due to its numerous benefits, it is already a popular practice.

There are many types of IMF, but the most common option is skipping breakfast and fasting for about 16 hours a day, from overnight to lunchtime the next day.

As an example, if you stop eating from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m. (the next day), you would have already fasted for 16 hours.

If 16 hours of fasting it’s too much effort at first, begin with a shorter fast lasting about 13 or 14 hours. Increase your fasting time as your body gets accustomed to it.


The 16/8 method (16 hours of fasting and 8 hours in which you allow yourself to eat) has been shown to be generally safe for most people.

Longer fasts, ranging from 16 to 72 hours, may not be for everyone. The body needs time to adjust to the effects of fasting, so don’t push yourself too hard at first.


Intermittent fasting can help you in many ways, some people use it for:

  • weight management

  • chronic diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome

  • high cholesterol

  • arthritis

Whatever your reason for starting IMF may be, choose the one that suits your schedule and lifestyle best, listen to your body when doing it and start slowly. Make sure that your diet is rich in nutrients to avoid deficiencies or any side effects such as fatigue.


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