Why Has Intermittent Fasting Become So Popular in the Past Decade?

Why Has Intermittent Fasting Become So Popular in the Past Decade?

Fasting is our natural state.

For most of human history, food was scarce. Then as food became more plentiful, various religious groups used fasting for its physical, mental, and spiritual benefits.

Today those of us in the developed world have access to an almost unlimited amount of food. So people are turning to fasting again to control calorie intake. And by doing this they can still eat their favorite foods and exercise less.

It’s all about when you eat, not what you eat.

This style of eating is not new but can be complicated. Knowing what fasting windows and refeeding windows are best for you is tough. Knowing which foods will keep you satiated through your fast. Knowing how much to eat during your feeding windows so you don’t over (or under) eat.

What types of workouts to do and when? Should you workout during your fast or shortly after eating? What’s the best fasting schedule?

Many people have heard about intermittent fasting. There’s so much good information out there. But it can feel confusing and overwhelming.

How a Stay-at-Home Mom Used Intermittent Fasting to Break Through Her Weight-Loss Plateau

7 months after giving birth to twins, 34-year old Penny Davis from Arizona had managed to shift almost all her baby weight.

But those last 10lbs wouldn’t go: “I hit a plateau. I was counting steps and counting calories. But I had gone as far as I could on my own. And it wasn’t scalable. I couldn’t keep increasing my steps and reducing my calories to break through to the next level. I needed a health plan that was more low maintenance.”

Penny tried keto for a couple of weeks but missed her favorite foods: pancakes and sweet potatoes.

“I got really bad ‘keto flu’ at the end of the first week. I needed a weight-loss plan that wouldn’t force me to cut out entire food groups. And I needed someone to hold my hand through the first few weeks until it became a habit and a lifestyle.”

For exercise, Penny needed a plan she could do from home: “I’m a stay-at-home mom. I can’t leave the house and go to the gym. I can’t even go for a walk around the block.”

Like many, Penny was introduced to IF (intermittent fasting) through her peer group.

“I’m a member of a mothers group on Facebook. One of the other moms told me about an app that makes fasting practical and simple.”

Penny didn’t know which intermittent fasting plan was best for her.

But she soon found coaches at DoFasting who could guide her through the IF information minefield.

Penny took the 60-second online quiz on the DoFasting page. And in a couple of hours, her custom fasting plan landed in her inbox.

“There was so much I didn’t know. For example, I didn’t know that men and women need to follow different fasting protocols. Men can fast for longer periods of time. And I didn’t know that beginners shouldn’t try OMAD (one meal a day) or the Warrior Diet. Those are advanced strategies for more experienced fasters.”

DoFasting answers all these questions for you. The fasting coaches take all the answers you give them when you fill out the 60-second quiz and give you a custom fasting plan that is tailored to your goals, lifestyle, fitness level, and food preferences.

This service is in stark contrast to most online fitness coaching plans—most of which are not tailored to the individual.

DoFasting gives every user a personalized schedule—a fasting window and an eating window. This feature has been a big help to Penny: “Every time I’m not sure what to eat I scroll through the meal database. I usually find an option in there that I have in my kitchen.”

Penny has found DoFasting’s bodyweight workouts more convenient than attending classes: “I can do all of the exercises at home. I do the lunges and the push-ups in my living room while my sons are napping. I don’t need any equipment: no stationary bike or gym in my garage. What I like about the exercises is I can do them throughout the day when I find a minute. I drop down and a 30-second plank while the kettle is boiling.”

DoFasting is currently offering discounts on their 3 and 6-month plans. Prices start from as little as $1.75 per week.

For pennies a day you can get a digital coach who will answer your questions personally and give you a bit of much-needed encouragement when you are struggling or unsure what to eat or when to fast.

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