Body Blitz

The hot new eat­ing hot new eat­ing plan if you’re stuck in a health rut!

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In­ter­mit­tent fast­ing (IF) is all the buzz in weight loss and health right now. But if you’re look­ing to up the ante, there’s a lit­tle-known tech­nique called su­per-charg­ing, which in­volves com­bin­ing more than one IF method in or­der to speed up weight loss or break through a plateau.

“We know that the eighthour feed­ing [where food is eaten be­tween only 10am and 6pm in a 24-hour pe­riod] win­dow al­lows peo­ple to nat­u­rally de­crease their calo­rie in­take and lose weight, as well as pro­vid­ing a host of other as­so­ci­ated health ben­e­fits,” says Dr Krista Varady, As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor of Nutri­tion at the Univer­sity of Illi­nois, Chicago. “We also know, from years of re­search, that 500-calo­rie al­ter­nate-day fast­ing works in­cred­i­bly well for weight loss. It only makes sense that com­bin­ing them would be pow­er­ful, both for weight loss and health!” !”

What does su­per­charged IF look like? ike?

“At Su­per­fast­, we’ve cho­sen the three most ef­fec­tive, eas­i­est meth­ods ds – 2-Day [two days of 500 0 calo­ries], 3-Day [three days of 1000 calo­ries] and Part-day t-day [also known as 16:8, in n which 1600 calo­ries are eaten n within an eight-hour win­dow each day],” says founder Vic­to­ria cto­ria Black. “You can su­per-charge -charge your IF regime by just t com­bin­ing more than n one method in any given week.

“A lot of our mem­bers ers choose to com­bine the 2-Day ay method with the Part-day method – eat­ing 500 calo­ries two days per week, but then skip­ping break­fast on three or more days too. The av­er­age age weight loss we see when our ur mem­bers com­bine meth­ods is around 0.8kg-1.5kg per week. eek. It’s in­cred­i­bly pow­er­ful!” ul!”

Who can do su­per- chargedged IF?

“Su­per-charg­ing g can be used by al­most any­one ne to break through plateaus,” says Dr Varady. “Com­bin­ing fast­ing meth­ods is gen­er­ally safe, as long as you’re not cut­ting your calo­ries by over 40 per cent on av­er­age.”

How­ever, she does have a caveat. “Ex­treme calo­rie cut­ting isn’t healthy and can lead to mus­cle wast­ing, weak­ness and de­pres­sion. Fast­ing is also not rec­om­mended for women who are preg­nant or breast­feed­ing, or for those with Type 1 di­a­betes.”

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