Now, in the summer, we have freezers and refrigerators to store our meat. Hunter-gatherers did not have grocery stores or any kind of kitchen appliances to help them preserve food. Instead, they fasted.
Does Intermittent Fasting Affect Women Differently?
Eating in cycles may not only help you lose weight but also improve your overall health.
Research shows that intermittent fasting reduces some of the risk factors that contribute to diabetes in a similar way calorie restriction does. 
Studies also confirm that time-restricted feeding, a key component in intermittent fasting regimens, has been associated with weight loss, total cholesterol balance, a decrease in triglyceride concentrations, glucose, insulin, and an improvement in overall insulin sensitivity. 
In a study done on obese women, researchers found that women who engaged in intermittent fasting combined with calorie restriction were able to reduce their body weight, fat mass, and visceral fat. 
Not only that, intermittent fasting helped obese women with cardioprotection and weight maintenance for longer periods of time in comparison to eating a regular healthy diet. 
One of the leading causes of death in the world is heart disease. All kinds of factors including high blood pressure and high LDL cholesterol are directly contributing to the development of heart disease.
Research shows that intermittent fasting helped 12 women lower their LDL cholesterol by 25% and triglycerides by 32% during a 10-week observation period. 
What Types of Intermittent Fasting Are There?
There is no one type of fasting method that works for everyone, which is great in terms of flexibility. If the above-mentioned 16:8 doesn’t work for you, there are other options you can choose from.
- Crescendo method: here you’ll fast for 12-16 hours 2-3 days per week. For example, you’ll fast on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. They should also not be consecutive.
- The 24-Hour Protocol: In this type of intermittent fasting you should do a full 24-hour fast twice a week.
- The 5:2 Diet: Here you’ll eat about 500 calories for two days per week and then eat your recommended caloric intake the other days. Again, fasting days should not be consecutive.
- The 16:8 Method: Fast for 16 hours per day and eat all of your meals within an 8-hour period.
- OMAD: an abbreviation for “One Meal a Day” where you fast for 23 hours and then eat all of your calories within a 1-hour window. You don’t need to do this immediately, it’s better to build up your fasting tolerance and start gradually, for example, with the 16:8 method.
How Do I Start?
Don’t rush into intermittent fasting.
Did you know that you’ve already done it when you sleep or have done it subconsciously by skipping a meal?
Give one of the methods above a try, but remember to take it slow. For example, each week decrease your eating window by one hour until you reach your goal and see how you feel. Or, try intermittent fasting in conjunction with keto.
For more tips, check out our article on 12 Intermittent Fasting Tips on The Keto Diet.
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