In this blog post I will be talking about one of the newest and most hyped health trends – intermittent fasting. I bet you’ve heard of it.
To make a long story short: intermittent fasting is awesome.
It helps you burn that fat, and it helps you do so quickly. Without exercise, even!
Does this sound too good to be true? Well, it’s not! Keep reading…
What exactly is intermittent fasting?
Let me start off by saying intermittent fasting is not a diet. You will not be restricting or counting your calories and you will actually not be fasting.
Well, you will be – except not all day long.
Intermittent fasting is a lifestyle that a ton of people are joining in on and that is for a good reason – it helps you destroy a lot fat! – and it helps you do so very, very quickly.
The reason being your metabolism goes crazy trying to digest the food only for a few hours a day instead of all day long when you both eat meals and get a couple of snacks every now and then.
How does intermittent fasting actually work?
You see, the thing that happens when you become hungry and your body has nothing to eat is that it starts using your fat reserves. This means it starts taking fat from your body for energy because you’re not eating. Since you’re not putting food into your body it starts using the fat in it. Get it?
Can you give me a real life example?
It basically works like this: you start off your day by skipping your breakfast and you eat your first meal at around 1 or 2 p.m. Then you eat your last meal around 8 p.m.
That’s all – you have a 6 hour window of eating how much of whatever you want!
Now, that is a lot of time to be eating – keep in mind that this means you’ll probably be eating as much as possible during that eating window because at that point your body should have been fasting around 16 hours.
This is why intermittent fasting does not change what you eat just when you eat and it has proven to be extremely effective.
It’s essentially the best of both worlds as you get to eat exactly what you like – just not when you like.
I’ll try to explain how intermittent fasting works in a more scientific way below.
What’s the science behind this?
Your body has two states to be in: the fasting state or the fed state which is right after you’ve had a meal. Right after you’ve had your meal – blood rushes to your stomach which is why you get sleepy after a big meal.
As you can probably imagine, it is not easy for your body to burn fat when it’s in the fed state simply because of your insulin levels. When your body is in a fasted state, about 12 hours after a meal, your insulin levels are so low your body actually starts using your body fat in order to gain energy.
Most people usually have a meal or snack right before bed and breakfast first thing in the morning – and even though some of us wish we could – I don’t think I know anybody that gets 12 hours of sleep. This essentially means the body is constantly in the fed state.
Does intermittent fasting work?
A lot of my readers have said that they’ve lost huge amounts of weight not even by changing what they eat – just when they eat. I can attest to that. Fasting did wonders for me when trying to lose weight – and that was long before I tried combining it with exercise.
When do I have to fast?
The very best thing about intermittent fasting is that it doesn’t matter when you do it – all you have to do is to fast for 16 hours.
Whatever works for you is what you need to be doing!
Can intermittent fasting make me gain weight?
About the only thing you need to be getting used to – and trust me, this will probably not be a problem – is to be eating bigger meals.
Some people might think this will make them gain weight – however – since you’re only eating twice a day your calories will round up to a lesser amount and you’re going to be in the fat burning zone.
There is no possible way for you to gain weight while intermittent fasting – that’s why it’s such a great way to lose weight.
Is IF really the easiest way to lose weight?
I strongly believe intermittent fasting to be the easiest way to lose weight – simply because all you have to do is to change when you eat, not what you eat.
Any tips for beginners?
To get a better idea of intermittent fasting, check out the following book by Brad Pilon. It’s what I used back when I was trying to lose weight by trying out intermittent fasting.
It’s called Eat Stop Eat and just like the title of the book suggests – it tells you to eat, then to stop eating for a while and then to just eat whatever you want.
I love it simply because it’s one of the most straightforward lifestyle changes one can make without having to start exercising.
Again, this is not a diet – you just have to change when you eat. And remember – to lose weight you need to commit to a lifestyle change.
I wish you the best of luck in your weight loss journey and strongly recommend you pick up a copy of Eat Stop Eat if you’re looking for some guidelines on how to start off with your intermittent fasting.