What you should know about intermittent fasting?
Intermittent fasting has been quite popular recently and many claimed that it helped them to achieve their weight goal. Let’s find out if this dieting method can help you shed some stubborn fats!
What is intermittent fasting?
Basically, Intermittent Fasting is all about scheduling your meals and eating in that period of time only. It’s not so much about what you eat, but rather more on when you eat. So, if you find it hard to stick to your clean eating lifestyle, intermittent fasting is a great way to jump-start your diet.
Can Intermittent fasting really lead to fat loss and how does it work?
When you are doing intermittent fasting, your body will be in the fed and fasted state.
Fed state is when your body will do all the hard work like digesting and absorbing food. Fed state begins the minute you start eating and lasts for up to five hours post meal. Normally when you’re eating, your body will not burn fat as the insulin level in your body is very high.
After that five hours, your body will no longer process anything, technically your body is in a fasted state. This is when your body will burn fat because your insulin levels are low. Note that your body won’t enter the fasted state until at least 12 hours after your last meal and move on to fat-burning state. This is the reason why many people start adapting this way of eating to lose weight. Fasting puts your body in the fat-burning state!
There are a few ways you can experiment with intermittent fasting;
- Fast for 12 hours a day.
You can choose to fast between 8 p.m. till 8 a.m.
- Fast for 16 hours a day
Not advisable for beginners…
- Alternate day fasting
You are only allowed to have up to 500 calories on your fasting day.
- A weekly 24-hour fast
You cannot have any food for 24 hours but you are allowed to have water, tea (zero-sugar), and other calorie-free drinks during the fasting period. This type of eating pattern may cause fatigue, headaches, or irritability. Also, it’s not sustainable.
You may experience difficulty on the first few days of your intermittent fasting. Here are some ways to make intermittent fasting sustainable.
- Hydrate yourself by drinking a lot of water or zero-calorie drinks like herbal teas.
- Plan your day so you won’t be thinking about food.
- Rest more
- Plan your meal properly so you’ll only consume nutrient-dense foods.
Don’t worry too much if you can’t keep up with intermittent fasting as there are other efficient diet trends you can try.
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