Did you put on some weight during the holidays. Don’t feel bad, it’s very common to gain during the festive holiday season.
We let our guard down and put on some extra weigh. Well, now is the time to get control of the problem, before it gets out of hand. Instead of a few pounds to lose, if you don’t tackle the problem now, you will have 10 to 15 pounds to lose.
Have you heard of intermittent fasting for quicker weight loss? Let’s see if I can explain it to you.
This might be the perfect solution for you, a great way to shed those holiday pounds in a hurry.
If you are new to intermittent fasting or IF, let me sort it out for you.
Intermittent fasting is a form of fasting to lose weight faster than a regular low-fat diet.
It just means fasting for a certain time frame. Some people fast 2 days a week. Eat your dinner say at 6:00 in the evening and then no food or caloric beverages until 6:00 the next day.
Some people fast for a certain length of time in a day. They skip breakfast and maybe lunch and then have a normal dinner.
It’s a specific pattern of eating and not eating in a set time frame. You set up the time frame in the way you think it will work best for you.
One of the most popular ways to do this is the 16-8 plan. You fast for 16 hours and have a window of eating for 8 hours. That does not mean you continually eat for 8 hours, but have a lunch and dinner before you fast again. So at 8 o’clock in the evening you stop eating, snacks, everything.
When you get up in the morning just coffee, tea or a non-caloric beverage, no breakfast, nothing until your lunch meal. That is considered a 16 hour fast. That is a popular way to do intermittent fasting and a great way to get those extra pounds off in a short amount of time.
But,if you want good results, you need to plan your meals carefully. Don’t overeat in your eating time frame, that won’t work, especially if you want to lose fast. Try to follow a sensible eating plan, I’ve heard that some people have had great results incorporating low carb with this strategy for even faster results.
Many people frown on fasting because they don’t know much about it. Our ancestors fasted all the time. Many for religious reason and many out of necessity. The large box store, super food stores were not available years ago and there was no refrigeration to store food in anyway.
Going back even further our forefathers had to find their own food. So there were times food was not available for a day or two.Not like today, food is in abundance causing us severe weight loss issues that were unheard of many, many years ago. Enter the 2 week diet!!
The Benefits of Intermittent Fasting
We have had it drilled into us that we need to eat 3-4 even 6 times a day. If we follow that protocol all we will be doing is thinking about food and preparing food. I’m not a doctor, but I don’t see how that is good for us. How can consuming food constantly be healthy? We need to give our digestive tract a rest once in a while.
When you fast all night your body is in prime fat-burning state. That’s because your insulin levels are low after fasting all night. Plus, your growth hormones are always high in the morning.
But, when you eat breakfast, usually high-carb, your insulin levels rise and stop the fat-burning process.
As in everything there are many ways to do a fasting program. Many people like to fast by eating one meal a day, others fast by not eating for a set period of time, say a week or more. Others fast once or twice a week. There are many different ways to fast, juice fasting, total water fasting for a certain amount of time. You have to figure out which method will work the best for you and go for it. If you have been following the Paleo diet you will find it easier to fast due to the fact you have been eating very low carb.
- reduces insulin in the body,
- promotes growth hormone
- gives your metabolism a good boost
Many things change in your body when you do intermittent fasting. This is what can change:
- Less likely to get heart disease
- you will lose weight, most times noticeably amounts
- chances decrease of becoming diabetic
- decrease in inflammation
- Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s are less likely
- brain function improves
- less chance for cancer
Good solid reasons to take care of your body and do everything to keep it functioning at it’s best possible level.
I think this approach to eating and keeping your weight in the normal levels will put you on the path to a long and healthy life.
Thank you for reading this post and if I can help you or you have any comments or questions, let me know in the comments below, I will be in touch as soon as possible. Deanna