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Intermittent Fasting for Weight Loss and Why its Working Wonders

Overview

Intermittent Fasting has exploded on the Nutrition and Fitness scene as a great way to safely lose weight and keep it off.  In this blog post, we will explain intermittent fasting for weight loss and why its working wonders for so many. 

What’s the Skinny?

Intermittent fasting has been around since the 1970s, but not until recently have nutritionists and Fitness professionals started using it as a means to help others lose weight.  Due to the overwhelming success of those who have tried it and the ability to reach the masses through todays technology, social media platforms were inundated with everything “Intermittent Fasting”.  Intermittent Fasting to lose weight became more popular than all of the other nutrition/weight loss programs on the market. There are different approaches to this type of eating, but the most popular is scheduling a block of time to eat followed by a block of time to abstain. More specifically, 8 hours allotted for eating followed by 16 hours of fasting. To increase  your success rate, it is important to eat less carbs and refined sugars.  Decreasing the amount of these foods and focusing on higher protein intake prompts your body to use up more of the calories from fat stores for energy. *When we eat carbohydrates, they turn into glucose. The glucose goes through the body until it finds a home either in the muscles or in the fat cells.

How Does it Work?

It takes your body approximately 12 hours to fully digest, process and fuel your body. After the 12 hours of not eating, your body starts burning fat for your basic energy needs. The additional 4 hours is key to weight loss because during those hours, your fat storage is all your body has to pull from for its fuel/energy.   This schedule of eating can also help you in that  it will decrease your cravings and give you more energy. 

How Can You Benefit?

There are many benefits to intermittent fasting for weight loss, some of which include:

  • When you exercise, your body burns more calories from fat stores.
  • Improved insulin response means that your body can use the insulin to take glucose out of your blood.
  • Decreased cravings means you do not want to eat as much.
  • There is no difference in energy levels between being fasted or fed. The only difference is if you eat carbs.
  • Anyone can do this diet. It can be vegetarian, keto, or anything else.

If you want to try fasting, talk to a doctor or nutritionist to determine if Intermittent fasting is right for you.  He/she will help you take into consideration your unique body type, lifestyle and realistic health goals. In general, if you are looking for a healthy way to lose weight that doesn’t require starving yourself or doing long workouts every day, intermittent fasting for weight loss might be a good approach for you.

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