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What is Intermittent Fasting and How Can It Help You Lose Weight?

You’re likely familiar with the premise of fasting. Fasting refers to not consuming food for a specific timeframe. People have been fasting throughout history, though not necessarily by choice. 

Due to food scarcity, humans have evolved to thrive within an intermittent fasting cycle. People have adapted and evolved to consume large quantities of food whenever they want, but that may not be the healthiest way to live. If you want to lose weight, going back to the basic method of intermittent fasting can be extremely effective.

What is intermittent fasting?

Intermittent fasting involves eating all your daily calories within a restricted timeframe. While there are a few different models, it’s typically eating within a window of between 6-8 hours and then fasting for 14-16 hours. There are also companies like Shake That Weight that offer 5:2 intermittent fasting plans where you eat normally for five days of the week and fast on the remaining two. On your fasting days, you’ll consume ¼ of your regular caloric intake.

How does intermittent fasting help you lose weight?

Intermittent fasting has a range of benefits when it comes to supporting your health and weight loss goals.

1.   Calorie reduction

Most people eat way more than their daily caloric intake requirement without even realizing it. Even if you plan your meals, you can consume vast amounts of calories in snacks and quick bites when you’re on the go. When you stick to your chosen time period, you won’t be tempted to grab a chocolate bar from the shop or munch on a couple of crisps here and there throughout the day. It may not seem substantial, but the calories add up.

2.   Initiates Ketosis

Ketosis is a natural process where your body begins burning your fat stores, thus promoting weight loss. During intermittent fasting, your body first uses up the food you’ve eaten, then it moves on to your glucose reserves. Once it’s burned those glucose reserves, your body will enter ketosis and start burning your body fat for fuel.

3.   Gives your metabolism a boost

Intermittent fasting will allow your body to alter the way it metabolizes food. Since it will become used to only receiving food within specified times, it will begin to maximize the energy that it gets from your meals. Boosting your metabolism will allow you to burn increased calories during the day, even when you’re resting.

4.   Lowers your insulin levels

Intermittent fasting will increase your body’s sensitivity to insulin which helps to lower your risk of developing diabetes and prevents you from gaining weight. It also lowers your insulin levels which will prompt your body to start using up its stored fat instead of burning glucose.

5.   Targets visceral fat

Intermittent fasting is one of the best ways you can target that stubborn visceral fat. Visceral fat is the internal fat that sits over your abs. It is notorious for being hard to get rid of and can also be incredibly harmful to the body. As it sits around many of your important internal organs, it can raise your risk of developing severe medical issues like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and high cholesterol.

One Comment

  • Mkyla Ishii

    I am on my weight loss journey and I agree that combined exercise and a healthy diet is important.

    It does not have to be 1000 steps or anything like that. Start with small things such as walking in the park. From there, build momentum and improve daily. Weight loss should be enjoyable and rewarding at the end. Also, small habits such as keeping fruit in the fridge and healthy snacks such as roasted almonds could give you a huge payoff in the long term.

    One other thing that can help is starting a diet journey with a written plan and a journal. You want to come up with a system that you can follow and adjust based on your situation. I keep a list of exercises, progress and food recipes that help me with my diet.

    I love tea! I keep a bunch of tea recipes in my journal. I benefited from the Red tea detox program. It has a bunch of ingredients that help to reduce hunger and production of stress hormones. It helps me to cut my binge eating habit that I have tried to get rid of since forever.

    Personally I follow the all in one guide from fatlosshabbit.com, they have the best Red tea detox recipes plus all the exercises and diet plan necessary to give you results in just 14 days. I hope this helps you and good luck in your weight loss journey.

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