What is this new health “diet” that everyone is talking about? Is it a fad or is it here to stay?
Intermittent fasting is an interesting diet as there is NO calorie counting or food restrictions. Some people (myself included) crave certain foods with such desire you can’t imagine cutting them out of your life like some diets require. This often makes the diet hard to stick too and therefore produces little to no results. I’m sure your ears are perking up, and your starting to think how nice it would be to drop 15 lbs and not have to give up your nightly glass of wine or cup of ice cream. Your also probably wondering whats the catch? How can this diet have no food restrictions yet aid you in your weight loss goals?
Intermittent fasting is just that. Fasting or avoiding food for certain windows, and then consuming all of your calories during certain “feeding” windows. A beginners guide to fasting would look something like a 16/8 approach. This means you fast for 16 hours a day, with an 8 hour feeding period. This might sound like a long time to go without nourishment, but if you schedule it correctly it wouldn't be as bad as you think. Assuming you eat your last meal of the day at 7:00pm, you would be in a state of fast by 7:30pm, meaning your fast would be done by 11:30 am the following day just in time for lunch. Experienced fasters will manipulate this window often getting down to a 20 hour fast with just a 4 hour feeding window.
Okay so this might not sound ideal to you but your pretty sure you would be able to handle this, besides all your really doing is delaying your breakfast a few hours, but how does intermittent fasting work on the body for fat loss?
When you eat a meal, your body spends a few hours processing that food, burning what it can from what you just consumed. Because it has all of this readily-available, easy to burn energy your body will choose to use that as energy rather than the fat you have stored. This is especially true if you just consumed carbohydrates/sugar, as your body prefers to burn sugar as energy before any other source.
During the “fasted state” (the hours in which your body is not consuming or digesting any food) your body doesn’t have a recently consumed meal to use as energy, so it is more likely to pull from the fat stored in your body as it’s the only energy source readily available.
Burning fat = win.
When you do break your fast, your bodies glycogen and muscle stores are depleted and therefore your body will break down the food and send the calories to replenish those stores. Thus providing you more energy, without storing the calories as fat.
Now of course calories in vs calories out is always the major factor when it comes to weight loss or gain. And eating huge amounts of food during your fasting window will of course not result in weight loss. However it could be another weapon in your arsenal of fat torching tools.
Intermittent fasting is an interesting new approach to weight loss or weight control which takes away the tedium of scales, strict diets, and glycemic index monitoring. It is an interesting new approach which has been making waves in the fitness and fat loss industry. Only way to know if it will work for you is to give it a try.
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