Weight loss and staying fit have become as important as breathing. No kidding. People want to have the kind of body that all the actors/models have, but the question is how? How to lose body fat and get a perfect curved body when you cannot stop eating that pasta or burger? The answer is not as black and white as you might think.
There are many strategies and ways to lose weight but one of them that has gone viral in recent years is Intermittent fasting (IF). Don’t know what it is? We are here to help.
Intermittent Fasting (IF)
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Isn’t that what we all believe? But what if I told you that it’s not? What if I told you that it’s not about WHAT you eat; it’s about WHEN you eat it.
Intermittent fasting is not a diet; it is a pattern of eating. A cyclic approach which involves in and out periods of fasting and eating. Its basic purpose is not to starve you but to keep your body in a fasted state. This way, when your calorie intake will decrease, your body will start using the already present fat; turning it into energy for the body to function properly and as a result, you will start losing body fat.
Methods Of Intermittent Fasting
There are many ways you can do your intermittent fasting, but the most common ones are:
- Time restriction – eating only between specific timings like between 3 pm to 8 pm while fasting the rest of the time.
- Eat fast and eat – Do one or two fasts in a week and eat normally for the rest of the days.
- Feeding window – Skip breakfast and eat during a feeding window i.e. eat for 8 hours of your choice such as from 12 pm to 8 pm.
How To Lost Body Fat With Intermittent Fasting
When you start IF and eat between different intervals, you force your body to go under a fasted state. This happens due to …
Ketosis. Ketosis happens when you restrict your carbs and eat fats. But intermittent fasting provides a shortcut to this. When you fast, your body goes low on glucose from where we usually get our energy. So when glucose is low in the body, your body starts to burn the stored fat to produce energy. Initiating the process of ketosis. It not only reduces your body fat but also reduces inflammation.
HGH – Human growth hormone. This is the hormone that turns on the process of making energy by burning stored fat, and you can increase the growth of this hormone by fasting.
Insulin – Fasting decreases your insulin levels which is a key in losing body fat. Insulin level decreases and your body burns fat instead of glucose.
We cannot possibly mention all the benefits that IF has, but we can name a few.
- Improves cholesterol
- Reduces inflammation
- Controls blood pressure
- Boosts metabolism
All in all, this cyclic process helps to lose body fat like nothing else.