Intermittent fasting is a very unique method of weight loss that doesn’t concern itself with the food consumed. It is more focused on meal timing.
If you’re struggling to lose weight or if you have an appetite that you can’t control, intermittent fasting is your answer.
If you are trying to see your abs but just can’t burn off the last layer of fat on your belly, intermittent fasting is an option you will want to try.
This is truly one of the most effective and remarkable methods of losing weight. The video below does an excellent job of explaining what intermittent fasting is all about, and how best to implement it. Be sure to watch the video now.
Intermittent fasting, just like its name suggests, is a cyclical diet that involves a period of fasting followed by a period of non-fasting. The non-fasting period may vary depending on the type of intermittent fasting you engage in.
There are several types of intermittent fasting. This report will highlight a few of the popular ones and recommend the easiest type to follow to ensure that your life does not become miserable.
Intermittent Fasting Breakdown
The intermittent fasting can be broken down into 2 “windows”.
* Fasting window
* Eating window
During the fasting window, you will not be allowed to consume any food. You can only drink water. No calories should be consumed during the fasting window.
During the eating window, you will be allowed to eat and will need to consume all your calories for the day during this window.
Intermittent fasting does not concern itself with what you eat. The diet is secondary. What really matters is that you MUST be compliant during the fasting period. This is when the body will utilize its fat stores for energy.
The principle of fasting is that when your stomach is empty, the body will not have food for fuel and will tap into its fat stores for fuel. This is imperative in burning fat successfully.
Many people struggle to lose weight because their insulin stores are full and the body burns food as fuel. The body never gets a chance to access the fat stores. As a result, even with exercise, the visible changes are slow to come.
You should be aware that even if you’ve adopted intermittent fasting, you should strive to be on a caloric deficit to guarantee fat loss.
Calorie Deficit With Intermittent Fasting
When you are at a caloric deficit and you combine it with intermittent fasting, your fat is going to melt off faster than what you ever thought possible.
Let’s look at an example. If you have an 8-hour eating window and a 16 hour fasting window, you will need to consume all your calories for the day during the 8 hours.
The beauty about IF is that your body will not go into “starvation mode” because you will be eating and consuming calories. You’re just doing it within a short span of time.
So, assuming you consume all your calories during the 8 hours, about 3 to 4 hours after your last meal, the food you ate would have been digested and some may have been used as fuel by your body.
However, there are about 12 hours left to go before your next meal since you’re on a 16 hour fast. Your body will not have any more food to use as fuel.
That is when it will use the insulin and fat stores for energy. It doesn’t matter if you’re awake or sleeping; your body will still be burning calories for all the different bodily processes such as repair and maintenance. These calories will be coming from your stored fats.
This is what makes Intermittent fasting so fantastic. Like Leonardo da Vinci said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”.
Intermittent fasting is extremely simple in concept. It doesn’t involve detoxification, low carbs, ketogenic dieting, etc. None of that is an issue.
All you need to do is eat and fast… that’s it. It doesn’t get any simpler.
Read more about intermittent fasting in the posts that follow…
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