Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent Fasting

As part of our efforts to explain the different dietary lifestyles out there, today we are talking about intermittent fasting. This diet has grown in popularity, and if you haven’t tried it yourself, you probably know someone who has! While we are a resource for learning about dietary choices, we are not medical experts. Before making any kind of changes to your diet, you should consult with your medical provider. Read on to learn about the benefits and most popular methods of intermittent fasting. 

What is Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is a pattern of eating that involves alternating periods of eating with periods of fasting. We are not talking about fasting for religious or cultural reasons, but as a diet. There are several different types of intermittent fasting. In time-restricted fasting, you eat only during certain hours of the day. In alternate-day fasting, you alternate between eating days and fasting days. The idea behind intermittent fasting is that it can help to reset the body and provide quite a few health benefits.

How Does Intermittent Fasting Work

Intermittent fasting works by giving the body a break from the constant digestion and metabolic processes that occur when we eat. When we fast, our bodies shift into a metabolic state known as ketosis, where we begin to burn stored fat for energy instead of glucose. 

Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

Now that we’ve defined intermittent fasting, let’s talk about the benefits!

Improved insulin sensitivity

Intermittent fasting can help to improve insulin sensitivity, which is important for regulating blood sugar levels.

Reduced inflammation

Inflammation is a major contributor to many chronic health conditions, and intermittent fasting has been shown to reduce inflammation in the body.

Weight loss

Intermittent fasting can help to support weight loss by reducing calorie intake and promoting the burning of stored fat for energy.

Increased energy and mental clarity

Intermittent fasting can help to increase energy levels and improve mental clarity, as the body has more time to rest and recover between meals.

What to Eat During Intermittent Fasting

The main idea of intermittent fasting is that it doesn’t matter what you eat, just when you eat. But in order to give our bodies what they need to function like they should, we know that it absolutely matters what we eat! Choosing nutrient-dense, whole foods is a great way to fuel your body.  This includes lean proteins, healthy fats, and plenty of fruits and vegetables. Pederson's fresh pork is an excellent option for those following an intermittent fasting diet, as it is a lean source of protein that is low in carbohydrates and high in essential nutrients.

What Can I Drink During Intermittent Fasting

Water is the best beverage to drink during intermittent fasting, as it hydrates the body and does not contain any calories. Other options include unsweetened teas, black coffee, and bone broth, which can help to support the body during the fasting periods.

The Most Popular Methods of Intermittent Fasting

With so many different intermittent fasting methods available, it can be difficult to know where to start. Let’s explore the most popular methods of intermittent fasting so you can find the one that's right for you.

The 16/8 Method, or The Leangains Protocol

This is the most popular method of intermittent fasting. It involves skipping breakfast and restricting your daily eating period to 8 hours, such as 1-9 p.m. You then fast for the remaining 16 hours of the day. This method is simple and easy to stick to, making it a popular choice for those new to intermittent fasting.


The Eat-Stop-Eat method involves fasting for 24 hours, once or twice a week. This means not eating from dinner one day until dinner the next day. This method can be more challenging than the 16/8 method, but it can also lead to greater weight loss and health benefits.

The 5:2 Diet 

The 5:2 diet involves consuming only 500-600 calories on two non-consecutive days of the week, but eating normally the other 5 days. This method is a good choice for those who want to lose weight but still enjoy the occasional treat.

There are many different methods of intermittent fasting to choose from, and each one has its own benefits. Regardless of which method you choose, incorporating intermittent fasting into your lifestyle can lead to improved health, weight loss, and increased energy levels.

At Pederson's Farms, our mission is to Make the Best, Better. We believe that everyone should have access to high-quality, nutritious foods regardless of their dietary lifestyle. That's why we are committed to providing our consumers with the resources they need to make informed decisions about their health and wellness. But as a reminder, please seek professional medical advice before making any serious changes to your eating habits.