What is Intermittent Fasting?
There are several variations of fasting, with some including juice or certain drinks and some involving no food or drink at all, even water. Some like the popular 5:2 Diet allow a certain amount of calories on fast days.
The most effective way of fasting is by abstaining from all calories in any form for at least some of the duration of the fast so you get maximum health and weight loss benefits.
This means no food or drink that contain any calories whatsoever, but you can drink as much water, calorie free drinks , and tea or coffee (with no milk) as you like. However because this type of fasting is not easy for everyone we will talk about some of the other ways of fasting that allow some food/calories as well.
Once you’ve done some research you can just decide what kind of fasting you think you can manage (and stick to in the long term). Don’t worry, everyone is different!
Fasting or the ‘fasted state’ begins the moment you stop eating your last meal until the moment you eat (or drink) again after that.
Your body also frantically burns fat when in the ‘fasted state’ even when you’re asleep, which means it’s an excellent way to lose weight.
Why Intermittent Fasting is Better that Dieting
Intermittent fasting is designed to fit into your lifestyle and has the same (or in most cases, better) weight loss benefits than long periods of dieting and restricting calories.
Studies have shown that because each fast is short intermittent fasting doesn’t slow down your metabolism at all so won’t and cause your weight loss efforts to plateau like most diets.
Fasting also has so many health benefits as an added bonus, like giving you more energy, clearer skin, and regulating your blood insulin levels to reduce your appetite, keep your weight stable and reduce the risk of developing diabetes and heart disease.
Studies have also shown that fasting intermittently has no negative effects on concentration or physical performance whatsoever, so you can easily fit it into your day to day life and don’t need to change from your normal routine during your fasts.
Please note: If you have diabetes, an eating disorder or any other medical condition, check with your doctor before starting.
So what now?
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