You may have heard a lot of hype around intermittent fasting as a good weight loss plan. Numerous studies show that it can have positive results for both your body and brain, but is it all it’s cracked up to be? At Committed 2 Fitness, we looked into this method to help you out in your weight loss journey.
If you’ve always been curious to see whether intermittent fasting would work for you, we’ve highlighted some details about why and how it works. So, is it better to eat your meals earlier in the day, or eat later in the day?
What Is Intermittent Fasting?
Intermittent fasting is when you rotate periods of not eating (fasting) with periods of feasting, making a conscious decision to skip certain meals at certain times of the day. Doing this means that most of your daily calories are consumed within a specific timeframe during the day, while choosing not to eat anything for the other periods of the day.
For example, some choose to have their 8 feasting hours during the day, skipping breakfast, and others prefer to skip dinner and focus on breakfast and lunch instead. The number of allocated eating hours you have are totally up to you - some only do 4 hours, others 6 - it’s your call.
Changes That Occur In Your Body During Fasting
What’s all the fuss about intermittent fasting and how does it work anyway?
When you don’t eat for a while, your body initiates important cellular repair processes and changes hormone levels to make stored fat more accessible to burn off. As well as that, your overall caloric intake is decreased because you’re eating fewer meals.
Other changes include a drop in insulin levels, which allows for fat burning, and blood levels of the human growth hormone increasing to facilitate weight loss. Short-term fasting actually increases your metabolic rate by 3.6-14%, helping you burn even more calories.
Simplify Your Day
Not only will you use weight if you follow an intermittent fasting weight loss plan, but your meal planning will become easier too. If you’re fasting and feasting, you don’t have to prepare or purchase up to six small meals during the day; you can instead, focus on two main mails and make them count!
You can also enjoy slightly bigger portions for your two allocated meals a day and not have to worry about making a decision about what to eat twice a day, instead of 3-6 times a day.
So, although there are many benefits to intermittent fasting, as listed above, it’s important to remember that while this weight loss plan may work for some, it may not work for others. The most important thing is always to listen to your body and make sure you’re eating enough calories for your fitness regimen.
If you’re wanting to give this a try and are wondering if intermittent fasting is right for you and how you can go about implementing it into your daily routine, come and talk to the nutritionists at Committed 2 Fitness. You can always make an appointment by getting in touch for more information!