Is Intermittent Fasting the best way for you to drop excess fat? I tried it for 30 days to lose weight and here are the results.
I love food. I love to eat. It makes me feel better. I love how it feels inside my mouth. The flavors. The textures. The smell. The taste. The Instagram pics. I love everything about food. Whether I am going out or ordering in. I love eating. I love my breakfast, lunch, and dinner and all the micro meals and snacks I have in between. It keeps me energized and boosts my mood.
However, with all the eating (read over-eating) comes a rather unattractive, revolting, and objectionable pot belly. And that’s how I stumbled on intermittent fasting for weight loss.
I am not someone who loves to diet. Not one bit. I love my greasy fried foods, fatty junk foods, salty processed foods, aerated beverages, and sugary treats. I love dessert. I could write a whole article on how much I love desserts. So you could imagine my hatred for so-called ‘healthy diets’. When I heard that you can eat almost anything with Intermittent Fasting (IF) and still lose weight, I got intrigued. So I delved into doing some research as I wanted to try it out. My potbelly just had to go.
The more I learned and brought about some lifestyle changes to try IF, the more realized how helpful and beneficial it can be not just for weight loss, but also for your overall physical wellbeing. With more than 70% of adult Americans becoming either obese or overweight, intermittent fasting for weight loss just might be our best solution.
What is intermittent fasting anyway?
Intermittent fasting, popularly known as IF, is a simple eating plan and a proven method to help you lose weight. By cycling in and out of fasting and eating, you maximize your body’s fat-burning mechanism. To put it simply, you fast for the majority of your day while you eat for a shortened period of time. Although conventional wisdom states that skipping meals is not a good idea, adopting the intermittent fasting lifestyle can lead to significant weight loss and help you become healthier.
After the post-absorptive state, which lasts from 8 to 12 hours after your last meal, your body enters the fasted state which is when your body starts to burn fat that was unreachable during the fed state. When your body enters the fasted state, your insulin levels significantly drop which leads to fat burning. Moreover, it also reduces oxidative stress and inflammation, lowers the risk of diabetes, makes your heart healthier, facilitates the growth of new neurons in your brain, and also helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
Although I am no nutrition or health expert, these benefits do sound great. Intermittent fasting is a great tool for weight loss and is a lot easier to stick to than those strict diets.
6 ways to do intermittent fasting
There are various types of IF that you can try and all these methods are effective if you do them properly. The great thing is, as there are different versions of this technique you can choose one that suits your lifestyle best and helps to accomplish your weight loss goals.
Here are 6 of the most popular types of intermittent fasting:
1. The 5:2 method
Fast for 2 days per week and eat normally for the rest of the 5 days. Alternatively, men can consume 600 calories and women can eat 500 calories during the 2 fasting days.
2. Alternate day fasting
Fast for 24 hours every alternate day per week. Fast one day, eat the next day, and repeat this process throughout the week. If you need to eat on fasting days, restrict your consumption to 25% of your total calorie requirement.