Most people believe that fasting or even skipping a meal will slow down your metabolism, and will try to convince you that you should eat several small meals a day.
Many also think that the best way to lose weight is to do it slowly and steadily over time by burning off more energy and consuming less calories. This is the worst advice you could possibly get!
Intermittent Fasting Improves Your Metabolism
All of the research shows that this theory is wrong and in fact, the exact opposite occurs.
In 2004 a group of 29 men and women fasted for 12, 36 and 72 hours for a study in the British Journal of Nutrition and their metabolism was measured before and after each fast. The results showed that their resting metabolic rate had not changed at all after a 12 hour fast, had actually increased by the 32 hour fast, and it wasn’t until after the 72nd hour of fasting that they started to notice a decline in their metabolism.
So if we eat normally when we are not fasting, our bodies won’t need to adjust during the times that we are fasting, meaning our metabolism stays at it’s fat burning peak.
Dieting Slows Your Metabolism
Unfortunately for ‘dieters’ our bodies are designed to adapt to the amount of calories that we eat and energy we burn. So after as little of 3 days of a calorie controlled diet our metabolism will adjust to it, and we’ll stop burning fat so our weight loss will slow down significantly or even plateau.
Do you know someone who exercises regularly or sticks to a strict diet but never seems to lose any more weight? Now you know why.
Intermittent fasting of 16-26 hours in duration (whatever you decide to do) does not slow your metabolism whatsoever so is better than dieting by far, and will mean much quicker and better weight loss results.
So no matter what people will try to tell you, just remember that you know the truth and have the evidence to support it!