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Intermittent fasting (IF) is gaining widespread popularity in the fitness community, but when most people first hear the word “fast” they become visibly annoyed.
What most people don’t realize is they usually only need to change one small habit to complete a daily fast, boost growth hormone secretion and start losing body fat much, much faster.
Should you try intermittent fasting? The answer won’t be yes for everyone. Here’s who will like the diet, and have the most weight loss success.
You’re ALMOST Doing It Already
The number one biggest reason for trying intermittent fasting is because you’re almost doing it already. The most important rule for intermittent fasting is consecutive, uninterrupted periods without consuming calories.
If you look at your current eating patterns, and behaviors, you may realize you’re already close to completing a full twelve hour fast. It’s usually just a small snack late in the evening that disrupts the fast for most people.
Most people finish dinner around 6-7 pm, then eat breakfast twelve hours later but they disrupt their fast with a small snack before bedtime. The calories may not be significant, only 100-200 total calories, but it can completely wipe out any fasting benefits.
If you could just skip that late night snack, you’d reap all the benefits of a full overnight fast.
You Like Big Meals
Intermittent fasting separates your day into eating and non-eating periods. Once you progress to a longer fast it reduces the amount of time available to eat all your daily calories.
This time compression results in very large meals. If you only have 8 hours to consume 2,500 calories, each meal will have to be very large.
If you’ve tried traditional diet plans that split all your calories into 5-6 meals, over 14-16 hours, intermittent fasting will be a pleasant change. When it’s time to sit down and eat, it won’t even feel like a calorie restriction because of the size of your meals.
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You Struggle With Low Carb Diets
High protein, low carb diets have proven effective for losing body fat, but the discipline required to effectively follow this diet ends in diet failure for most people. If you’ve tried low carb diets, like Atkins, and found it too difficult you may want to give intermittent fasting a shot.
IF is a meal timing, and diet structure, plan that doesn’t require you to be overly restrictive with carb consumption. During a fast you’re influencing your metabolic rate, growth hormone, insulin and blood sugar levels to increases fat loss.
If you can follow the eating and non-eating meal structure with a high degree of discipline, it can help you lose body fat without giving up all carbohydrates.
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