Want To Try Intermittent Fasting For Weight Loss?
My first statement to my clients is always; “you don’t really want to lose weight, but you want to have a fat loss”! It’s a bid playing with words, but the end results are the same. Of course, when you lose fat you will also lose weight, but there is a difference in weight loss or fat loss! There are many ways to implement some fasting or intermittent fasting in your daily routine. So Let’s talk about intermittent fasting.
The most important part of losing fat/weight is changing your eating habits.
Google ‘intermittent fasting’ and you’ll see pages full of advice, tips, and secrets on the best ways to integrate this health trend into your daily life. But the more you look into it, the more confusing it all becomes. It’s not really that confusing, but because there are so many options on how to implement fasting in your daily eating schedule that the amount of choices makes it confusing. Is eating every other day best? Eating only before 3 p.m.? Packing all your calorie consumption into an 8-hour window? While people have been practicing intermittent fasting for thousands of years, it’s only in the past two decades that scientists began to understand what, if any, potential benefits the practice can have. Here’s the good news: According to recent studies, nearly all types of intermittent fasting are physically and mentally harmless. And nearly all of them can result in some weight loss.
I as an older bodybuilder always thought, I should never implement fasting in my eating patterns, as I don’t want to break down muscles, but I learn for myself it works fine if I now and then take a 16-hour-window.
Health benefits of intermittent fasting.
It has been shown to protect against type 2 diabetes by reducing insulin resistance; improve heart health; protect against Alzheimer’s, slow the aging process; reduce inflammation; and increase mental clarity. Even fasting overnight, some studies have shown, can reduce concentrations of certain metabolic biomarkers like glucose, insulin, and other hormones. That’s precisely why doctors often force you to fast for eight to 12 hours before a blood test. That abstaining period gives your body time to reach a state where it’s not influenced by food. I strongly recommend to my clients the 4-4-12 cycle as this is an easy way to get used to non-eating hours.