The Secret to Losing Weight by Intermittent Fasting
So you’ve probably heard of intermittent fasting. Some are even calling it the next big fad diet. However, if you’ve tried Keto and it didn’t work. Or you’ve come to the realization that you do want to eat a sizeable carb portion with your meals then intermittent fasting may be an new approach you’ll want to try.
One of the keys to success with intermittent fasting is to really listed to your body. Are you really hungry when you first wake up? We have been told over and over again that breakfast is the important meal of the day and never skip it. Is this really true? We all have our individual body rhythms. Most people who maintain a fit physique throughout their lives are very intuitive in their eating.
Intermittent fasting requires you truly listen to your today and find out the routine that works best for you.
So What Exactly is Intermittent Fasting?
Intermittent fasting is when you take an extended break from eating any calories during a day. So you’ll consume all your calories within a limited time window each day. There are different approaches to intermittent fasting:
- 16/8 – Using this method you will fast for 16 hours a day and then eat during 8 hours. This is fairly simple if you’re not a breakfast person. Eating around 11am and the eating dinner before 7pm would fit this schedule. Interestingly, even NFL stars have found success with this method!
- Fasting once a week – This is another form of intermittent fasting. You take a break from food once a week. This would mean a 24 hour rest from food and consuming only water or other non calorie beverage. Ideally you want to stick with pure water only. This gives your digestive system a rest and allows the body to focus on other things such as healing.
- Warrior Diet – Ori Hofmekler popularized this diet in his book, “The Warrior Diet”. This diet says to not eat anything all day and to eat all your calories in one meal in the evening. The idea is that food makes you sluggish and not sharp mentally or physically so it’s best to avoid eating during the day. Eating should be limited to a nighttime meal where you unwind and relax.
- Low calorie day or days each week – This approach says to reduce your calories once or twice a week and eat normally the other days. You’d need to make a significant reduction in your regular calories to around 500-700 calories on your fasting days.
How Can I Lose Weight by Intermittent Fasting?
As you can see from the above types of intermittent fasting each approach assumes that there will be net reduction in your caloric intake.
Of course that is not to ignore the other benefits. Giving your body a rest from eating has many benefits. It improves brain function, reduces signs of disease, and helps with better memory.
Losing weight however is going to happen only if you continue to eat the same as you would on all the other times. If you make up your calories saved when it’s time to eat by overeating then you won’t see any weight loss. That’s the key to remember. If you feel better when you give your body a rest from eating and eat normally all the other times you will be successful at losing weight.
Win-Win Even Without Weight Loss?
An interesting point to remember is that if you feel good while intermittent fasting you may be winning even if you don’t lose any weight. Studies show that while any type of fasting will put the body in bit of stress, it may not be a bad thing. Such stress makes the body more resistant to illness. Much like you muscles are stressed when you lift weights and the result is a stronger body.
So remember this when you begin intermittent fasting. Just doing it is beneficial even before you see the results on the scale!