A Quick Guide to Intermittent Fasting to Lose Weight
More and more studies show that intermittent fasting can help with weight loss. Today, we are going to explain what it is and how it works.
What is Intermittent Fasting
Even though it can help with weight loss, intermittent fasting is not technically a diet. It is a time-restricted eating pattern where you alternate between periods of fasting or eating.
Common periods of fasting can range from 8 to 12 hours per day. There are also longer, multi-day fasts.
A common misconception about intermittent fasting is that because you fast, you eat less. Because intermittent fasting is a time-restricted eating pattern, you don’t restrict the number of calories you eat. The number of calories you eat can be the same.
If you’re considering intermittent fasting, ensure that you check-in with a physician, particularly if you are underweight or have a medical condition that may make fasting unsafe.
How Intermittent Fasting Works
Our bodies alternate between one of two states: the fed state and fasted state. Intermittent fasting increases the amount of time our body is in a fasted state.
When your body is in a fed state, it burns energy from the food you’ve recently eaten. After a certain amount of time you do not eat, your body enters a “fasted state.”
In that fasted state, insulin levels drop. When insulin levels drop, your body burns stored energy instead of energy from the food you’ve recently eaten. With your body burning stored fat instead of food for energy, it becomes easier to lose weight.
In addition to burning fat, your metabolism works faster, and your body clears old cells in the fastest state.
Set aside periods of time to fast in order to help your body enter that fasted state. If you think this might be a good lifestyle, stay tuned and we’ll get back to you with how to implement this method!