THE HIGH TIDE AND LOW TIDE OF FASTING
Overwhelmed with all those flowery weight-loss ideas? Sick of the do’s and don’ts of dieting? Frustrated with the failed outcome of diet plans? Tired of the commercials that claim to make you slim? Horrified with the diet restrictions? The answer is simple. DO NOT COMPLICATE THINGS. And to make things simpler for you, I would like to divulge a healthy secret I recently discovered as I read through quite a few yet vital scientific truths.
There’s a chance that you have encountered fasting in some religious practice, or maybe you have heard it from your ancestors a few generations back. Fasting has not been a fairly common practice nowadays. However, we can’t disagree to the fact that fasting, specifically intermittent fasting, can contribute to achieving desirable results in your weight-loss plans.
What happens inside your body when you fast? Intermittent fasting or being in a fasted state for short periods will not slow down your metabolism. The release of the hormone testosterone is at its peak during the morning after you went fasting overnight. Testosterone portrays a crucial role in burning fats faster and in building muscle mass. To turn your body into a fat-burning machine, you have to realize that insulin levels must be decreased while growth hormones should be increased. Fasting helps your body utilize fats as a fuel or source of energy which then makes the rate of fat loss increase. The idea of intermittent fasting is composed of two days: your fasting days and non-fasting days. As long as you don’t go carb-crazy, you don’t have to worry about rebound weight gain. Fat loss will pursue.
Intermittent fasting is a style also known as the Eat-Stop-Eat method. Simply put, it’s a cycle of eating, non-eating, and eating again. Sounds simple, right? I think the author understands how you feel that’s why he made this approach flexible and provided a concise guide. You need not prepare exceptionally cooked meals, or occupy your mind with the mind-boggling meal plans, you just stop eating. Then, eat again. No food group needs to be given up.
Your fasting days should be limited to once or twice a week. Never exceed more than 48 hours of fasting in a week and never do it on consecutive days. Think of the rule: Eat-Stop-Eat. Did you know that even if you only do one day of fasting within the week, you’ll generate a 10% calorie deficit? Pretty amazing, huh! During your fasting days, stick to consuming tea, coffee, water, or diet soda, or anything that has few calories to avoid starving yourself. After the 24-hour fast, you then resume to moderately eating whatever you like. How about exercise? Well, opt for resistance or weight training exercises instead of the rigorous cardio and other extensive exercises. You are not required to exercise during your fasting days. Please refer to The Eat Stop Eat Quick Start Guide for the training schedule recommendations.
It’s easy. It’s fun. It’s flexible. Have a hale and hearty body!