Intermittent fasting, first of all, is not an extreme fast. There are several different theories, styles and programs relating to intermittent fasting, such as alternate-day fasting, whole day fasting and time-restricted fasting. Here is an example of protocol to implement intermittent fasting:
- Eat an early dinner, say at 6 p.m. Don’t have breakfast until 10 a.m. at the earliest. That would give the body a fast of 16 hours.
- Dramatically reduce your calorie intake two days a week to 500.
- Ignore hunger signals if you’re hungry. It’s just your body’s way of saying, “I need more sugar, please feed me.” In other words, it’s not true hunger.
This is just one example of an intermittent fast.