What Is Intermittent Fasting?
Imagine going a short period of time without eating. Does that just send you into a tailspin of anxiety? You’re going to starve, you cry. Nothing could be further from the truth and when you understand the basic mechanics of an intermittent fast, you will see it’s not difficult at all.
It might be a good idea to think back to the original or early days of humans and remember that eating every three hours was not possible. People ate food when they could and when it became available. And we’re not saying that we should go back to those times, but just pointing out the fact that humans have long had to deal with food scarcity issues, and a more basic diet than what people all over the world have been consuming as of late.
Intermittent fasting is a lifestyle change that would have you choose an option wherein you would refrain from eating food for a certain period of time. There are options which would have you skip one or two meals, skip meals for an entire day, or plan certain days (or even alternate days) to fast.
Can Fasting Improve Weight Loss?
The simple answer is yes, because effectively you are reducing your total caloric intake for the week or whatever time frame you choose. Cutting back on calories is one of the primary ways to lose weight. The other, as you know, is exercise and a fitness plan that addresses your personal goals and needs.
During the period of time that you are undergoing a fast, your body is using the stored calories from your fat cells. Exercising and fitness training during this fasting period is known to increase the usage of those calories from the fat cells, thus adding to the calorie deficiency. A total win-win situation.
How Difficult Is Intermittent Fasting To Get Used To?
First I want you to think about a simple fact. You go to bed at night and sleep. You do not eat during that time frame (generally, unless you sleep walk, of course). This is your body undergoing a natural fast in order for your internal systems to rest and prepare to function properly the next day.
The easiest way to attempt intermittent fasting would be to continue your “sleeping” fast through to lunch time. Skip that breakfast that you’ve been brainwashed to believe you need every single day. (By the way, there is no proven scientific study that says eating breakfast REALLY does anything useful for you).
You will find that you can still drink black coffee or tea along with water to get you through to the lunch time meal. You will not suffer, pass out, or become unable to function in your normal routine. We have spent many years of our lives “training” our body to THINK it is hungry, when in fact it’s a habit we’ve developed through intense practice. ***If you suffer from any medical condition or disease such as diabetes, hypoglycemia, low blood pressure for example, do not embark on any diet regimen without your physician’s approval.
Improve Your Body’s Natural Functioning
Intermittent fasting is a protocol used by many people who want to lose weight, gain lean muscle, and have an overall sense of well-being. They understand that intermittent fasting is an excellent method to reduce caloric intake, allow the body a chance to recuperate and recover from heavy eating, and allows them to workout and exercise with a leaner physique in mind.
If you want to learn more about intermittent fasting, you might want to check out this system called “Eat, Stop, Eat” for a simple yet effective method to improving your lean muscle and weight loss goals.