You do not want to stick to a diet but you still want to lose weight? You can handle it for several days and then eat everything the refrigerator has to offer and you get out of control. On the other side there are exercising and proper meal schedule.
Some people have difficulties in losing weight even though they have exercised and changed their diet.
The number of people having trouble with achieving the desired healthy weight by just exercising and proper diet, is increasing. Due to disappointment, they turn to diet supplements with dangerous content and many other fads related to weight loss.
We all know this will not change the state of our weight nor it will drop the fat. It might give short term result, but still the weight will come back in most of the cases.
You think this is a common problem? The option offered in this article is the intermittent fasting!
What is Intermittent Fasting?
It may sound a complicated thing to you but it is not at all. It is a time framed eating regime you need to follow. Intermittent fasting is usually divided in eight hours of eating and sixteen of no food consummation. You may drink tea, coffee or water during the fasting period but only if it is 50 calories below.
It might seem very extreme, but bare in mind that every individual need at least eight hours of sleep. For the rest of the hours you just need to hold on eating four hours before going to bed and four hours after you wake up in the morning.
Many people do not have time to eat at the morning or prepare something so it is no problem, but to limit your late night snacks it is a difficult decision.
How and Why Intermittent Fasting Works
You will ask how this fasting regime works? Once you understand the science behind the method you will notice how simple it is. Losing weight is hard for many people because of their improper eating.
Dr. Mercola says that the struggle with weight, beside the processed food modified in a nasty alternative for the natural one, is as a result of the feast people make continuously and almost every time have something in the mouth.
He continues by saying that our bodies adapted to the process of burning sugar as a primary source of energy, which lower the ability of enzyme regulation responsible for burning fat. This fasting method is excellent at changing your metabolism to burn the fat and use it as a primary fuel. In this way your body will start to melt the fat layers you do not want.
When you improve the insulin resistance and achieved the normal weight you can eat frequently, until then your body will burn fat and reestablish its function which is the most important thing for managing your weight.
Said with simple words, intermittent fasting makes the body used to burning fat instead of sugar. As a result you will get healthy body with lower level of fat.
Exercising and Fasting
It might seem wrong but it is better to exercise on empty stomach. The concept can lead us to the past where our ancestors had some activities which they performed when hunger occurs. Therefore, they hunted and gathered while hungry. So, this is why people think it is good to exercise on empty stomach.
John Rowley, wellness director for the ISSA, claims that the exercises which are performed for losing weight are more motivational when you first do it in the morning, before eating breakfast or fasting for several hours before the middle of the day or at evening. It is said that if you have less glucose in your system you will burn more fat.
But, if you exercise for the sake of strength or speed, you may lack the energy needed for performing the exercises since while you workout hungry you will not be as good as you will be when eaten some food.
No matter what is the cause, working out has best results while performed on empty stomach!
Other Health Benefits of Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent fasting has other health benefits as well, according The British Journal of Diabetes and Vascular Disease review.
Here they are:
- Blood Pressure Reduction
- Type 2 Diabetes Reduction and Prevention
- Inflammation Reduction
- Cholesterol Reduction
- Prevention of Cardiovascular
Is Intermittent Fasting Right For You?
When you start a new diet plan, you should consult with a professional before doing it. Therefore, you should meet with a nutritionist or doctor for more detailed information about intermittent fasting.
There are people who cannot handle these regime. If someone has type one diabetes or low blood sugar the fasting can be very dangerous for him. This is why you should ask your doctor for his opinion.
Take a look at the videos below for more information about intermittent fasting!