Intermittent fasting is becoming a famous weight loss trend in recent times and it is okay because it helps a lot of people lose weight faster than most of the methods out there.
Intermittent fasting is kind of a life hack where you don’t need to diet at all.
It is a way you lower your calorie intake and gain many other health benefits in the process.
This kind of fasting is not one where you eat nothing for seven to forty days except water. Intermittent fasting means you don’t eat for sometime during the day.
Intermittent fasting can make you stronger, leaner, and more explosive without even going to the gym.
What is Intermittent Fasting?
Intermittent fasting is where you try to lose weight by not eating for a period of time in a day.
For example, when Terry Crews does his own intermittent fasting, he doesn’t eat for 18 hours in a day. then he eats big.
You may eat a large meal after your intermittent fast, but you can also eat little meals every hour or two after your fast.
It is also not necessary to fast for 18 hours, you can fast for as long as you want but it should be more than 12 hours at least so that the extra calories in your body can work their way out of your body before your next meal.
Benefits of Intermittent Fasting
1. It helps you burn fat
If you don’t eat for a long time, say 12 hours, your body will be forced to burn all the extra calories it has because every one of use has extra energy in our system that can go for days even if we don’t eat anything.
And if you don’t eat anything, your body will go into its reserves and start using the extra you’ve got.
This is why you notice people who have not eaten for a while begin to lose weight; the body is using the extra they’ve got.
The problem with eating every few hours is that if you don’t do any form of exercise or if you don’t live an active lifestyle, YOU WILL GAIN WEIGHT… unless the food you eat is full of veggies or maybe you’re a vegan.
That’s the only way you can eat normal meals and not lose weight if you don’t have an active lifestyle.
2. It makes you look younger
Some studies have shown that intermittent fasting increase the production rate of augmented growth hormones in the body, which is the hormone that fights the ageing process.
This is especially good news if you are already in your forties.
To make sure you get the most out of your youth, you should reduce the amount of processed food you eat and reduce the amount of sugar you also take.
It is necessary you do these things to make sure you look younger that your actual age.
Exercise also helps increase the rate of production of the augmented growth hormones.
So, get your exercise on… (begin now, yes, you…. you reading this. Stop being lazy and start exercising. You’ll fell really good after. Trust me!)
3. It detoxifies your body naturally
Intermittent fasting does a great job in detoxing your body.
When our body is digesting foods, it slows down the process of detoxifying our system, since our body is constantly in the process of detoxifying.
So, intermittent fasting helps your body detox faster because it is not busy trying to digest any meals.
Below is a daily intermittent fasting chart you can use as a guide for your own fasting process.
How to Begin Intermittent Fasting
Let’s use the 12-hour method as a reference point.
You can do as much as you want, like going for 18 hours.
You can even do 20 or 24. It’s all up to you and your determination to get rid of your excess weight.
Assuming you wake up at 7am. Drink a glass of water in the morning (this is not part of it but it is advisable you take a cup of water every morning to wash your system clean).
Now you won’t eat anything until you 7pm that night.
It will really help you if you have something doing that takes all your attention so you don’t have to think about the hunger.
(It is weird that when you are not fasting and you haven’t eaten for hours, you don’t really feel it but if your mind has registered that you are fasting, two hours into your fast you begin to feel hungry. The wonders of the mind)
You could also eat that morning and start your fast at 9am until 9pm.
It really doesn’t matter what time you start as long as when you start, it takes you the amount of time you have allocated to your fast to eat again.
Be it 9, 10, 12 or even 24.
Now you can do a daily fast for a week or a month depending on how strong you are mentally.
You could do an every other day fast. That’s okay too.
But as long as you do your intermittent fasting, you are guaranteed to lose weight.
Conclusion: After Your Fast
There are many reasons why you don’t lose weight, and no matter what that reason is, fasting can help you get rid of the excess fat.
After you are done with your intermittent fasting, I mean for the day, you must endeavor to eat only healthy foods instead of rushing to McDonald’s or one of these fast food joints and ordering burger and coke.
You would be undoing all the hard work you have done.
Try and make your own meals at home after your fast and you will not only lose weight, but will also live a healthy life due to your dedication to intermittent fasting.