How to lose weight – With intermittent fasting

How many times have you gone on a diet and found out that you only put the weight back on that you previously worked hard to take off, and to top it off you gained even more weight than before you went on the diet?

Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired, going from one type of diet to another, well if that’s you, than maybe how to lose weight with intermittent fasting may be for you.

Some background to intermittent fasting

Over the years their have been many types of diets and latest trends and fads, people are searching for the right way to not only lose their unwanted fat but keep it off, is their a way that this can be done?

Let’s have a look at intermittent fasting and how you can lose fat?

Intermittent fasting is a tool it’s not a diet or a quick fix solution, your not following a meal plan or even cutting your calories, instead it’s a pattern of changing when you eat and when you don’t eat.

When I first heard about this I was very skeptical to say the least, I thought here we go again another fad another diet, how can I even think of doing this as I train and work out hard at the gym.

More thoughts ran through my mind like I will starve the body of the vital nutrients that it needs.

I also thought that you need to keep eating every couple of hours otherwise you will not have enough protein which in turn you lose valuable muscle tissue, not to mention slowing down your metabolism as a result of not keeping that furnace burning from continues eating throughout the day.

Then came the big one HOW can you skip the most important meal of the day being breakfast, I mean my whole life I heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

So the more I looked into intermittent fasting and saw all the great results people were getting by losing weight, not to mention all the health benefits that came along with it such as,

Benefits of intermittent fasting

  • Shedding unwanted body fat                                                           
  • Regulates blood sugar levels
  • keeps your heart healthy
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Reduces Insulin resistance
  • Lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes
  • Reduce oxidation stress
  • Good for your brain
  • Fresh healthy glow to your skin

I also come to realize that it wasn’t just a brand new fad that’s just popped up over night, but it’s been around since civilization began and it’s even in the bible, and most religions practice it, so I thought that I would look into it more.

So what is intermittent Fasting than

Intermittent fasting simply means that you purposely abstain from eating food for a certain amount of time throughout the day, then you consume your calories within a specific window of the day.

Again Intermittent fasting is simply a tool it’s not a diet or a quick fix solution, your not following a strict meal plan or even cutting your calories, instead it’s a pattern of changing when you eat and don’t eat.

So why would anyone want to do this,

Intermittent fasting is one of the most important factors needed as it triggers the 2 main hormones in the body that controls weight and fat lose.

  • Growth Hormone HGH increases dramatically up to 5 fold when you fast, plus it’s anti aging and the most powerful fat burning hormone out of the six in the body plus it also protects muscle and aids in building lean muscle mass which also helps in losing fat.                       
  • Insulin is another powerful hormone that aids in fat lose, in fact when insulin is present it will stop and block growth hormone. When you see people with the spare tyre look around the belly area, in most cases it’s because they are insulin resistance and the large belly could be a result of to much insulin present.

A different way to eat

Again intermittent fasting is simply a pattern of changing when you eat and don’t eat.

  • 5-6 meals a day scenario, every time you eat a meal your pancreas produces insulin even healthy foods cause insulin, don’t get me wrong insulin is a good thing but we have been told to graze all day and keep the fire burning so to speak, but the problem is our bodies are not designed to eat this way.

In fact this type of eating has only occurred in our lifetime our great ancestors never ate this way, they would either feast or fast not graze all day and consume the amazing amounts of sugar we consume today.

  • 3 meals a day instead of eating 5-6 small meals a day, with intermittent fasting eating 3 meals a day will firstly cause you not to snack and eat in between meals but at the set times allocated and you do not have to reduce calories and starve your self.
  • 16:8 method is where you fast for 16 hours straight, the best time I find is after dinner and while you sleep, then you eat your allocated calories within an 8 hour window.

So instead of eating the minute you wake up and have that sugary cereal, you wait until you are hungry and have not eaten since the night before.

So depending on when you ate dinner last night for example 8 pm was your last meal, than your first meal will be at 12 pm noon the next day.

So again instead of eating the moment you wake up and break the fast, you delay your first meal and break your fast at 12 pm.

As you get more experienced with this you can even try to eat when you experience real hunger cramps some of us may have forgotten what that feels like as we are always eating through out the day

The sum up

So Intermittent fasting is simply a tool not a diet or a quick fix solution, Intermittent fasting has great health benefits for your spirit soul and body.

For those who are serious about weight management, and building muscle, Intermittent fasting is one of the most important factors needed as it triggers the 2 main hormones in the body that controls weight to lose fat.

Intermittent fasting increases Growth Hormone HGH which protects muscle and aids in building lean muscle mass which also helps in losing fat.

Insulin is another powerful hormone that aids in fat lose, when insulin is present it will stop and block growth hormone especially around the belly.

Intermittent fasting is a pattern of changing when you eat and don’t eat, from 5-6 meals to 3 meals a day, & 16:8 method instead of eating the minute you wake up.

The best thing about intermittent fasting is that it’s FREE, and all you need to do is give it a shot unless your terminally ill or under weight or have a serious medical condition or are pregnant and breast feeding and nursing and infant.

14 Comments

  1. Interesting idea about intermittent fasting. I guess I’ve done this many times without paying too much attention. So true, we accustomed having our food without getting hungry, for different reasons- habits, company, schedule, boredom, stress, etc. In reality, in order to start burning fat, we need experience a real hunger before moving to the kitchen. Nice reminder, thank you!

    • Hi Olina,

      Thanks for the comments you left, your right fasting is very important for fat burning and its amazing how we can forget what hunger pains are like, thanks again

  2. Great post! I love fasting very much and believe in it as well!

    This was a very informative read and i learned a lot. So many health benefits!

    best wishes
    Jon

  3. I’ve been fasting regularly for about 2 years. I’ve messed around with time restricted eating method as well which I’ve heard has even more health benefits.
    My experience is loss of fat, retain muscle mass and improved digestion.
    I think everyone should incorporate some for of fasting into their weekly routine.

  4. I have always said that fasting is the way to go. I like how you mentioned starting the fast before bed and have no food till noon. I believe this and a regular water intake will do wonders. Great Post.

    Thanks again

    • Hi Maurice,

      Thanks for the comments left, when you start the fast after your last meal the time you sleep counts, so when you wake up depending on how long your sleep you only have a couple of hours then you can eat, drinking water also helps and hydrates you and makes you feel full.
      Thanks again.

  5. Hi Charlie!
    I have always struggled with finding the right “balance” with my eating routine. I have never tried intermittent fasting though. I am definitely a coffee drinker though. So I’m curious, could you still drink coffee upon waking up and still have the same results?

    • Hi Sarah,

      Thanks for the comments, to answer your question everybody would be at different levels when they start out, coffee alone would be fine as would not spike insulin but if you add milk it may spike insulin. Hope that helps?

  6. Thanks for the post! It means a lot to me because I am very fat and have been finding some good ways to get rid of fat. You mentioned in your post that intermittent fasting means abstaining from eating food at some particular hours. Is this ideal for an ulcer patient? Is there any way to go into fasting without developing ulcer?

    • Hi Israel,

      Thanks for leaving your comments below, I would not recommend doing intermittent fasting if your terminally ill, but when starting out as mentioned in my post you can gradually build it up, for example if your last meal is dinner which is at 8 pm then by the time you wake up the next morning say at 6 am, that’s already 10 hours of fasting, then everyday you push out your breakfast by 30 mins then 1 hour till you reach the desired 16 hours interval, which will be 12 pm lunch time.
      Hope that helps

  7. I have been toying with the idea of intermittent fasting for a while but was unsure about the best way to go about it. I do have days where I get up, exercise, then get busy doing jobs around the house and realize it’s lunchtime and haven’t had breakfast. I then make a conscious effort to have breakfast next as the experts continually say it is the most important meal. However, this example I’ve given shows I’ve been doing intermittent fasting already! This won’t be hard to incorporate for me now I understand it! Thank you for a great explanation of the process.

    • Hi Megan,

      Thanks for the comments you left, your right you where doing intermittent fasting and not even realizing it, the best way to do it is to build up your time gradually as you have been doing it, I don’t skip breakfast but push it out later on on the day.
      Glad to help, if you need any other help please let me know?

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