What is Intermittent Fasting?

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“Fasting is purposely going without food for a chosen period of time.” Many people, worldwide, fast for health benefits as well as for weight loss. There are several variations of fasting, with some including juice or certain drinks (like the lemon detox diet for example) for several days on end to lose weight and detoxify. Some types of fasts have 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 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 […]

Intermittent Fasting Versus Dieting

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  As you’ve probably found out by now, diets just don’t work. Plain and simple. Many women might be able to lose weight and keep it off for a while but inevitably they struggle to keep the weight off if the diet is too strict with themselves and ban their favourite foods because they feel constantly hungry, drained and moody. Dieting can lead to bingeing and craving for foods afterwards, and even worse, they can lead to obsession with food and ‘food anxiety’. This can especially happen to females who have a history of fad diets, crash diets and restrictive eating over several months to years. Once this damage is done it can be extremely hard to get rid of, and an they can be left with an unhealthy relationship with food. With intermittent fasting there’s no end point to aim for like with other diets. Dieters usually aim for a goal weight and once […]

Intermittent Fasting Versus Frequent, Small Meals

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Don’t be fooled into thinking that frequent small meals help you to lose weight. The majority of us believe this is true, when in fact it has no benefit at all. Not only does eating more frequently not increase your metabolism to help you lose weight, but you’ll be keeping your body is ‘sugar burning mode’ rather than ‘fat burning mode’ which is a precursor to developing adult onset diabetes. Eating too often also means you wont be giving your body a rest from digesting food. And the only chance it gets to repair and regenerate is when you’re in the ‘fasted state’ which is around 8-12 hours after you last ate. With frequent meals you’ll never allow yourself to get to that state except after you’ve slept for 8 hours. But even then most people will have breakfast straight away so they won’t be in the fasted state for very long. A study in […]

Fat Loss With Intermittent Fasting Explained

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While fasting (true fasting with zero calories consumed) your body switches to  ‘fat burning mode’ and this is where all of the magic weight loss results happen. So as soon as you get to the fat burning point of your fasts the effect on your weight loss will get better and better. That’s why some people (mostly women) who fast daily for less than 18 hours can find it difficult to lose weight as they don’t spend much time in fat burning mode before they eat again. The graph below shows how much fat is burned (even if you are asleep!) during the stages of fasting.   Remember, your body stops feeding off your last meal for energy at around 6-8 hours after you last ate and it’s usually around the 12-14th hour of fasting that your body starts to rapidly burn body fat as your main source of energy instead of your blood sugar. After that your body […]

Never Diet Again!

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Diets Don’t Work As you’ve probably found out by now, diets just don’t work. Sadly this has been proven time and time again by numerous weight loss studies. Statistically dieters lose up to 10% of their body weight but in most cases they put the weight (and more) on again within 6 months. You might be able to lose weight and keep it off for a while if you’re really motivated, but inevitably all diets fail because they’re too strict, restrict your favourite foods and leave you feeling constantly hungry, tired and moody. Most diets also lead to binge eating and even worse, they can lead to obsession with food (food OCD) which can take years to get rid of. This can especially happen to women who have a history of trying fad diets, crash diets and restrictive eating in the past. Most dieters end up heavier than when they started and the experience of dieting […]