Fast or Fiction?

 

Over the past few years a new diet phenomenon has began to take its place amongst the pillars of the health community landscape.

Intermittent Fasting.

Lauded for its long term health benefits and ability to simplify the weight loss process, Intermittent Fasting is fast becoming a go to health regimen for seasoned health afficionados and newbies alike.

What is so appealing about this new health wave? 

Advocates of Intermittent Fasting believe that this method of eating brings humanity back full circle to the way our original ancestors ate their food.

 

The concept of breakfast, lunch and dinner is considered by many to be a luxury of modern society that has left many of us in an oft too sedentary lifestyle.

Basically, we sit around too much and as a byproduct, consume too much food. 

Our ancestral predecessors  were much more active, and often had to hunt for their food. Resulting in an average of 1 to 2 meals per day. Thus obesity was not such a prevalent problem.

Why Would You Do it? 

 Intermittent Fasting (believe it or not) is not a diet. It is a pattern of eating. It helps you schedule your meals in a manner that helps you to get the most out of each meal.

It doesn't change what you eat. It changes when you eat. 

So what's so important about changing when you eat?

Great Question!

Intermittent fasting seems to be a more adaptable manner to lose weight for many because it doesn't require one to go on a demanding diet or get stressed out about cutting calories. 

When you start Intermittent Fasting you will probably want to keep your calories the same so your body can adjust to the change.

Intermittent fasting also allows you to maintain your muscle mass while getting leaner.  Sounds great right? However, the main reason people adopt this lifestyle is to lose weight. (We will expound on that in just a bit. )

 

From a psychological standpoint, Intermittent Fasting seems to blend well with people because it requires very little behavioral change in order to reap its benefits.

It is one of the simplest strategies for taking bad weight off and keeping good weight on.

In other words "It's simple enough that you will do it. But meaningful enough that It will actually make a difference."

How Does Intermittent Fasting Work? 

 The first thing  We need to understand is the difference between a fed state and a fasted state.

The fed state is when your body is digesting and absorbing food. It starts when you begin eating, and lasts three to five hours as your body digests and absorbs the food you just ate. 

When your body is in the fed state, its hard for your body to burn fat because your insulin levels are so high.

After that timespan,  your body goes into what is called the post-absorptive state. (Which means your body is no longer processing a meal.) This state lasts 8 to 12 hours after your last meal, which is when you enter your fasted state. It's much easier for you to burn body fat in the fasted state because your insulin levels are low.

When you are in the fasted state your body can burn fat that was not accessible during the fed state. 

 Because our bodies don't enter the fasted state until 12 hours after our last meal, its rare that our bodies are ever in this fat burning state. This is why many people who start Intermittent Fasting start losing weight quickly even though they haven't changed what they eat, how much they eat, or even how often they exercise.

Fasting puts your body in a fat burning state that you rarely make it to during a normal eating schedule. 

 * In the Next Article we will discuss The Benefits of Intermittent Fasting.

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