#2: How Intermittent Fasting Can Help With Weight Loss
Intermittent fasting is a fabulous tool to use along with your healthy eating habits and exercise regime. It is not a magic end-all to your weight loss or health issues.
I think it’s pretty safe to say you can’t eat cheeseburgers and lasagna everyday while fasting and still lose weight, but if you already lead a healthy lifestyle (Lasagna and cheeseburgers only one day a week) and want to try something new to pump things up a bit, here are some benefits of intermittent fasting you will enjoy.
Turn on fat burning mode with intermittent fasting. To understand how the body burns fat in a fasted state, we first need you to understand what happens when you are not in a fasted state.
When you eat and your body is digesting food it is in a state of absorption. It releases insulin and last about 3 to 5 hours.
Generally speaking, you will not burn fat while you have high levels of insulin in your blood. Now, after you have processed your meal, your insulin levels drop. For the next 8-12 hours your body is in a post-absorptive state, during which it is much easier for your body to burn fat.
And furthermore, if you are not consuming any energy from food your body has to get the energy from somewhere and where does it go for energy first? Fat stores. Why?
Fat has the highest number of calories at 9 calories per gram. So, obviously, your body will go to the storage with the biggest bang for its metabolizing buck.
Intermittent fasting keeps you in control. Talk about a great way to self-discipline. With intermittent fasting you will know exactly when you are able to eat.
The extra structure can help you if you are one to talk yourself into late night cravings and things of that sort.
Get your self-control back with intermittent fasting!
Teach your body to trust you with intermittent fasting. If you are like so many people who have been on this diet and that diet and failed, you may still have those pesky unwanted and completely indestructible pounds that you just cannot get rid of.
The thing is that your body might not trust you enough to get rid of them. Sounds strange, but if you keep disrupting the fragile ecosystem of your body, then it will keep its walls up when you try something new. Like I said before intermittent fasting is a lifestyle.
With intermittent fasting, you are giving your body a set schedule. You are saying ‘this is when I need you to work.
This is when I need you to digest and metabolize. The rest of the time, you’re free to heal me and rest. Tomorrow, the food and energy will be back at the same time. You can trust me again.’ (You can read that in any accent you want, by the way.
I like to imagine that my insides talk with a English accent, personally) We are willing to bet that after a bit of time, your body will let go of some of those unwanted pounds it has been holding on to because it will know EXACTLY when new energy is coming in.