Want to find out how to lose weight in a healthy way by lowering your calorie intake?
A ‘fast’ is a self-imposed period of time without food. This is a centuries-old religious practice observed in order to increase focus and show self-discipline and commitment to prayer.
Lately nutritionists and scientists have found that religious texts may have also provided us with the most powerful diet and health tool around too.
Intermittent fasting is a diet protocol which involves regular scheduled fasts – usually for 24 hours at a time – in order to lose weight.
Why and how does it work?
1. You eat fewer calories
Yes, as much as this sucks, if you want to lose weight you probably need to lower your calorie intake. The normal procedure for this is to eat less at each meal. Intermittent fasting achieves the same thing by essentially eliminating 2 meals from the diet entirely.
So if you do one 24 hour fast per week you are eating 19 meals instead of 21 – thus lowering your calorie intake by around 10%.
2. Your body’s cells and genes become healthier
Not eating for a while seems to allow the body time to do repairs and make changes at a cellular and genetic level that it doesn’t have time to do when it is constantly involved in food digestion.
Insulin levels drop and growth hormone levels rise – both VERY good for your health. One of the other things that happens is that your body makes fat cells easier to access making fat loss possible.
3. Intermittent fasting reduces your risk of disease
Oxidative stress and inflammation are BAD for your body and are two of the biggest precursors to disease.
Intermittent fasting has been shown to reduce inflammation and oxidative stress in the body, lowering your risk of disease and keeping you feeling your best.
4. Your heart will thank you
Intermittent fasting could be a key solution to reducing the risk of heart disease – the world’s number one killer.
Fasting reduces many of the risk factors associated with heart disease such as blood triglycerides, cholesterol and blood sugar levels. These results were tested in animals, but are very promising for humans too.
5. You will be more productive
Going a day without eating seems to enhance one’s ability to focus on tasks which need completion. This makes you more productive at work and at home.
You also have more time in your schedule on a fast day because you don’t have to prepare or eat two meals so you can get more done. Productivity is a great driver for general happiness and a feeling of fulfilment.
Want to know more about how you can lose weight with intermittent fasting? Contact Andrew Warneke at firstname.lastname@example.org today.