Intermittent fasting is making a strong comeback this modern day and age, and for good reason. In saying intermittent fasting is making a “come back”, that is to say that it has been a long time coming. Ever since the stone ages, our ancestors have been intermittent fasting in some way, but not intentionally. (1) But unlike us, these fasts could not be helped, as our ancestors didn’t have 24/7 access to a stove, microwave and that $2.00 box of pasta that can be found at your local all hours grocery store. Our ancestors were met with the challenge of chasing down prey (cardio burn) and hunting said prey in hopes of having a good hearty meal for the night (first meal).
Also, it goes without saying that our ancestors led a bit tougher lives than we lead today. But however tough their day to day may have been, they still were not met with the temptation of grabbing that cheap box of Twinkies out of the closet before sitting down for our weekly Sunday night program. This lifestyle can catch up to this and because of it we are more prone to diabetes, obesity and cancer. So in reality sometimes there is no choice but to introduce intermittent fasting into our lives.
Intermittent fasting is the restriction of caloric consumption for a period of time lasting 15, 16 or sometimes up to 17 hours. The fact of the matter is, by allowing our bodies to imitate the feeding process our ancestors had to go through, we can lose weight at a more rapid pace by just tweeking our daily habits. (2)
Here is one good way to introduce intermittent fasting into your life in order to lose weight.
1.) Pick one day a week and from 7:00 PM until 12:PM the next day, don’t consume any food.
2.) During that period of time, drink tons of water. If you feel hungry at all drink water, and remember to keep a water bottle around you at all times, because you will feel hungry quite often.
3.) Exercise at the end of your fast. This will help to imitate the lifestyle of our hunter gatherer ancestors, and can only help to burn more calories than you already have to that point in the fast.
4.) Adhere to your normal diet the rest of the week. If you eat unhealthy try to slowly change your eating habits. For example pick one or two days a week to really let lose and eat whatever, while the rest of the days stick to eating slow carbohydrate or reducing your calories. Remember no radical changes are necessary.
Remember, this is only one day a week; no huge change. Once you can handle one day a week, step it up to two. It’s always good to keep in mind that your body is always burning calories. Your body burns calories functioning like how the brain burns calories thinking. A university student doing his or her Calculus homework on a fast will lose more weight than one not. So take action and follow these steps. Most importantly, record your findings and see what works for you.
1.)Pub Med>–Challenging oneself intermittently to improve health.
2.)Pub Med>– Fasting for weight loss: an effective strategy or latest dieting trend?