In my opinion, Intermittent Fasting (IF) is probably the best (and possibly the simplest) ways of losing weight – and keeping it off long term.
There are lots of fad diets out there on the internet which make promises to you that if you ‘follow this’ or ‘eat this’ or ‘eat less of this’ then you’ll lose weight. And in some cases, yes, it works but in the long term many are just impossible to stick with and extremely bad for your health.
Well I’m here to tell you just how Intermittent Fasting could be your secret gem in helping you look great and more importantly feel great. It’s a very simple method that can be incorporated into any diet and is completely flexible in how you use it.
Intermittent Fasting (IF) and Weight loss.
So what is IF and what does it do to help you lose weight?
IF is a method of fasting for short periods of time which helps your body use up its fat stores.
If you aren’t eating then your body will look for other ways of getting the energy it needs – so it turns to the fat stored already in your body.
And before you begin thinking that your stomach is going to start digesting itself – it absolutely isn’t. Our bodies have been evolving over thousands of years.
Many of our ancestors had to survive days without food – simply because they couldn’t find any.
Because of this, our bodies adapted to using up the fat stored already in our bodies( It was stored for times when we couldn’t find food, that’s why its there!).
Our bodies are therefore clever enough to know that digesting our own stomachs in times when we couldn’t find food is just plain ridiculous when there is fat already stored in the body.
Fasting and Ketones.
Fasting is a process that allows the body to tap into fat-burning mode. This process is called ‘ketosis’ and has been proven to be a much better way of giving the body energy than burning glucose.
Benefits of ketosis include:
- uses up the body’s fat reserves – as a result you lose weight.
- Ketosis does not affect muscle mass – as with other diets a certain amount of muscle is lost when losing weight.
- `ketones (fat-fuel) is a much cleaner form of fuel for the body compared to sugar-fuel (glucose).
- Ketosis gives you MORE energy. So you get more energy AS you lose weight. Sounds good right?
- Can help people suffering from ASD, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other mental disorders like depression and anxiety.
IF – the pros.
One of the things we love about intermittent fasting here a Myketomadeeasy, is how flexible a ‘diet’ it is.
On other diets it is very tricky to stick to ‘healthy eating’ when you are trying to live your life.
We all have weddings, birthdays and parties to go to, and it would be unfair to ask ourselves to not join in on the fun. IF allows you to still enjoy eating your favorite foods with no guilt!
The only thing you have to do is allocate a time when you don’t eat. It’s that simple!Types of IF:
As mentioned before, IF is incredibly simple and flexible. Depending on your lifestyle you can always choose to incorporate intermittent fasting in order to lose weight easily. Here are just a few popular methods of IF:
- The 16/8 method: This requires the person to only eat within an 8 hour ‘window’ and fast the remaining 16 hours. This is ideal for people starting IF and is a super flexible method for people who have busy days.
- the 18/6 method: this requires the person to only eat within a 6 hour ‘window’ and fast the remaining 18 hours.
- The 20/4 method: This requires the person to only eat within a 4 hour ‘window’ and fast the remaining 20 hours.
- The 22/2 method: This requires the person to only eat within a 2 hour ‘window’ and fast the remaining 22 hours.
- The OMAD diet (One Meal A Day)/ The 23/1 method: This requires the person to eat within a one hour ‘window’ and fast the remainder of the day. The OMAD diet is popular amongst the most advanced fasters. It’s great as it saves you money on meals (because you are only cooking once a day) as well as saving you time and energy.
- The alternate day fast: Eating only every second day or eating under 500 calories on the fasting day if you find it too difficult to go a full day without eating.
- 5:2 diet: eating normally 5 days a week and fasting 2 days a week.
Whichever method you have chosen to do is a good one. As long as you fast and allow your body to access the extra fat stored in your body you’ll not only be losing weight and looking good, but it will do wonders for your overall energy levels and performance as you will be running on those all important ketones.
Make sure you check out a review I did on 4 of my favourite books to read on fasting.
Thanks for reading, and if you have any questions or comments you would like to make feel free to leave them down below and I will get back to you 🙂