Why Intermittent Fasting Is The New Weight Loss Hack
If your love handles got a little too much loving over the festive season, intermittent fasting could very well be a way to help you shed the pounds and keep access weight off. One of the biggest diet trends of 2017 and 2018, it’s one that will likely remain popular in the years to come and here’s why: It works! (And this is from first-hand experience.)
What is intermittent fasting?
It’s basically an eating pattern where you fast for a set amount of time during the day. Fasting helps to optimise the release of fat burning hormones in the body and therefore forces your body to rely on stored up body fat to use as energy rather than from the food you eat. There are three different ways you can do this and they are as follows:
1. The 5:2
Eating what you want five days a week and then strictly keeping to just 500 calories a day on the other two days.
2. The 16:8
Fasting for 16 hours during the day and only eating within an 8 hour period.
3. The 2 Meal Day
Eating just two meals a day, where you pick either ‘lunch and dinner’, or ‘breakfast and lunch’.
I’ve personally tried the third option. After a period of two months, I started noticing a significant change in my overall physique. Not only was I a lot leaner, I felt more energetic, and good about myself. A study released in the Journal of Translational Medicine in 2016 discovered that those who tried intermittent fasting for eight weeks lost more body fat than those who didn’t. However, it’s important to mention that fasting helped but it wasn’t the only factor that played a role in the effectiveness of this method. It also largely depends on the food you take in to nourish your body after the fast and the physical activities you encourage your body to practice during this time. (I stocked my kitchen with healthy food options and walked instead of use public transport.)
Cutting Edge Head Trainer Dean Weiss says, “Fasting is an incredibly powerful tool, but we have to change the way we eat first. Ensure you have proper nourishment as it will limit hunger pangs.
“Secondly, provide your body with what it needs only when it needs it without cutting out the things you enjoy…and yes, wine, chocolate, and dessert are OK. Fasting does nothing if you’re still filling yourself up with processed foods and sugar. This will likely have a negative effect in what you are trying to achieve in the long run. It’s also important to understand that fasting is not about starving yourself. It’s about going back to basics. Like all things, just indulge in moderation. “
These people tried Intermittent Fasting and it worked for them.
How to Start
The first few days may be tough (it’s just the transition period) but that’s why easing yourself into this new ‘way of life’ and fitness journey is the best way to go about it. First take a good look at the state of your pantry and fridge. Eliminate the nasties and restock with healthy options. Then start with three meal days with no snacking in between and slowly graduate towards picking two meals that suit your lifestyle best. While on the fast, do drink lots of water to maintain hydration levels. Be sure to incorporate exercise into your days.
Best of luck!