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While the most common forms of fasting are the 5/2 and 16/8, there is certainly room for you to mix and match as you see fit. One of these mixes might be a derivation of the 5/2 in which you only fast for one week.
If you don’t know what fasting is yet, then you’ll need some catch up. Fortunately, we’ve made an infographic that describes what caloric restriction is all about, as well as the two main schedules we previously mentioned.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s move on to how fasting can improve your gains. We’ve already talked a lot about how fasting can improve your life in our Ultimate Guide to the Pros and Cons of Fasting article, but just as a catch up the most notable thing about fasting is that it helps lower your fat percentage without reducing your weight. This means a more toned body overall, which definitely helps if you’re trying to show off muscle!
But perhaps the most important thing that fasting improves is longevity. Multiple studies -- particularly ones using 16/8 and 5/2 -- have shown that long term intermittent fasting leads to an improvement in total lifespan. That shouldn’t be surprising, seeing that fasting directly relates to caloric restriction, which is one of the main processes in autophagy, or the renewal process of cells.
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