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Eat Stop Eat – Fasting for Weight Loss

Intermittent Fasting

Do you want to lose weight but still enjoy a few treats once in a while?

Do you want to burn that notorious fat without having to eat only salads or no carbs?

Well, try intermittent fasting.

What is intermittent fasting?

Intermittent fasting is certainly not a diet, just a way of eating. You don’t need to change what you eat but when you eat. As the name suggests, it involves alternate periods of fasting and eating. Intermittent fasting is not really a new concept because our bodies naturally go through a fed state and a fasted state. Let me explain.

A few hours after your last meal of the day to the following day when you have breakfast makes up your “fasting period“. And from breakfast to a few hours after supper makes up your “feeding period”. These few hours after your last meal are when your body is processing the food you just ate.

How does it work?

The idea of intermittent fasting is, to increase this fasting period therefore reducing the feeding period. So, why is a longer fasting period important? During the fasted state (which is the time when your body is neither consuming nor digesting any food), your body doesn’t have any food to use as energy, so what does it do? It has to go looking for what is in its stores. And guess what that is? Yes, fat. And that’s how you lose weight.

So you ask, how do I go about this fasting thing? Well, I’ve got you covered.

Types of intermittent fasting

There are different ways of intermittent fasting and they are:

The 16/8 method

In this plan, you fast for 16 hours and eat for 8, and I don’t mean eat for 8 hours straight. Put simply, reduce your eating window to eight hours a day. For example, have your first meal of the day at noon and your last by 8pm. So when it clocks 8pm, close your window and then you can eat again at noon the following day.

Eat-stop-eat

As the name suggests, once or twice a week, eat nothing from dinner to dinner the following day. If you had dinner at 8pm Monday, then the next time you eat is Tuesday dinner. You could do this again from Thursday dinner to Friday dinner.

The 5:2 diet

Choose two days a week when you will eat only 500-600 calories the entire day. This one is a favorite of many because it’s simple and you only need to limit yourself 2 days a week, on the other days you can eat to your fill. Some people prefer having some days in between the fast days while others find it easier to just do them back to back, get over with it.

The alternate day fast

Also known as `the every other day diet’, it entails alternating days of fasting and feasting. I find this one more intense because you fast for more days. The fasts are every other day, that is, Monday Wednesday Friday and so on. You could choose to go all the way and do zero calories on fast days or up to 500 calories. Again, this depends on preference because some people say that if they start, they can’t just stop at 500 calories so they choose to not eat at all.

You may ask, is this even safe? Yes, it has actually been proven medically that intermittent fasting is very healthy. In fact, at a fasted state, your body heals faster, immune is boosted and fat melted. Because it’s not busy digesting food, it will shift focus to other things like cell repair and regeneration therefore slows down the aging process. Who doesn’t want to look younger without having to do ridiculous things?

Try it! Your body will thank you.

Originally published at idahnotes.wordpress.com

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