Can Intermittent Fasting Help With Weight Loss And Keeping The Weight Off?
Looking to shed a few kilos? If so, one diet that you may have come across recently that’s starting to become more popular is intermittent fasting.
Don’t let the name scare you off this one. Intermittent fasting can offer a number of benefits that you should be aware of.
For some, it is the diet that brings them success after a long string of diet failures.
Let’s go over what this diet program is all about and how it can help you move forward.
What Is Intermittent Fasting?
Intermittent fasting can be set up a few different ways depending on your personal preference.
The most common method is by having an ‘eating window’ throughout the day, typically lasting 6-8 hours coupled with a ‘fasting window’, which will make up the remaining 16-18 hours.
Typically the eating window comes right before bed, which means you stop eating before you turn in for the night and the better part of your fasting period is overnight, when you would be fasting anyway.
Upon rising, you skip breakfast and lunch and break the fast mid-afternoon, eating again until bed time.
Another way you can set this up is by fasting for one full day straight (24 hours) and then having the next day a feeding day, where you eat as normal.
This approach does tend to be harder for most people, so those who are not experienced with fasting would probably be better off choosing the former.
The Benefits Of Intermittent Fasting
So what are the benefits of this approach? First, it tends to make it far easier to stick with a reduced calorie diet.
In order to see weight loss success, you must consume fewer calories than you take in on a daily basis and by cutting down how many hours you are allowed to eat over the course of the day, it makes it easier to sustain that lower intake.
Second, intermittent fasting also tends to increase insulin sensitivity, which can also speed up your overall rate of fat burning.
Your body will also be better able to use carbohydrates you eat as fuel for your muscles, improving workout performance.
Those who adopt intermittent fasting also tend to cite increased focus and concentration as a benefit as well.
While you might think that this would be the opposite given the fact that you are fasting, once you get over that initial hunger, concentration does improve.
Speaking of hunger, another benefit is lack of hunger. That’s right.
Despite what you may be thinking, while you may experience some hunger when you first start this protocol, once your body adapts to it, most people find that hunger becomes a non-issue.
In fact, they have to remind themselves it’s time to break the fast. This is very powerful for weight control as well.
Finally, let’s not forget the time you’ll save now that you don’t need to stop every few hours throughout the day to cook and eat your food.
Instead, you can enjoy heartier meals (since you’ll have more calories per meal with this approach) in the evening when you are ready to relax and wind down.
These are the key benefits of intermittent fasting to know and remember.
It’s a great approach for those who are serious about their weight loss goals and want to try something completely different from anything they’ve tried before.
If you’re the type who hates eating 6 smaller meals throughout the day, you might just find this is your new favorite approach.