Intermittent fasting has gained immense popularity over recent years, due largely in part to its ease and effectivity. All over the world, people from all walks of life, whether normal everyday citizens to the biggest A-list celebrities have discovered this incredible time-restricted eating pattern.
As a result, intermittent fasting has become one of the hottest topics of conversation right now in the health and fitness community. Chances are that you may have heard of it. If you’re unfamiliar with it and want to give it a try, you may be wondering what benefits are in it for you and how it differs from your traditional diet.
First of all, intermittent fasting is not a diet, per se. It is a pattern of eating wherein you fast for long hours in a day with absolutely no calorie intake and then eat or “feed” during a fasting window which usually lasts around eight hours or less.
Because of this, many fans of this particular health phenomenon harp about how easy it is to stick to, and how effective it is in helping you achieve your weight loss goals.
If you are looking to get into intermittent fasting, then maybe you should check out what’s in it for you. Today, Evolve Daily shares four things you will absolutely love about intermittent fasting.
1) You can ease into it gradually
One of the best things about intermittent fasting, and what most people are drawn to when starting, is that you can ease yourself into it over time. You don’t have to go 100 miles per hour right out of the gates. You can start slow, build momentum, and train yourself to follow a fasting routine that works for you.
Most people like to start off by fasting for 14 hours, which is essentially just delaying the first meal of the day. Commonly, this means skipping breakfast, or at the very least, waiting a few hours before you eat.
Don’t get it wrong, intermittent fasting is definitely challenging, especially when you are just starting out. But because you can start off at your own pace, it makes intermittent fasting one of the easiest wellness routines you can try.
Not only that, but in addition to intermittent fasting being easy to get into, it is also a routine that is easy to stick to, once you get into the swing of things.
2) It gets easier as you settle into a routine
After kicking things off by fasting for 14 hours, you can slowly and gradually bump things up to 16 hours, 18 hours, or even 20 hours. Once you are completely accustomed to how it works and its effect on your body, you can even try intermittent fasting’s “OMAD” routine, or otherwise known as “One Meal A Day”.
Most people spend a couple of weeks fasting for 14 hours. When the body has gotten used to it, and you’re no longer struggling; when the hunger pangs are all but gone, you can graduate to a 16-hour fast which is slightly more challenging and will take a little longer to get used to.
On average, people spend a couple of months on the 16-hour fast before upgrading to an 18-hour fast. Once you reach the 18-hour fast, you can stop there and you don’t even have to try the 20-hour fast or the OMAD. For most people, fasting for 18 hours is more than enough to reap intermittent fasting’s many benefits.
3) It takes your mind off having to think of what to eat
One of the first things they teach you when you enroll in a traditional gym is to eat six small meals a day to ensure your metabolism is firing. But although it may sound simple, having to plan what you’re going to eat six times in a day is stressful and can get quite tiring.
Intermittent fasting takes your mind off thinking about what to eat and lets you focus on other more important things throughout your day. Because you are eating essentially one or two large meals a day, there is less to ponder about.
Generally, you get more excited to consume that one large meal once you’re done with your fast, and after that, you’re so satisfied you can’t even think about food any further.
Gone are the days when you have to meal prep your way to weight loss on a daily basis. No more tiring bouts of cooking in the kitchen. It’s all about that one big meal that you can have anywhere and anytime you want, as long as it’s in your feeding window.
4) It can melt away the fat very quickly
It’s simple math. By reducing the number of opportunities for you to eat, you end up eating less. The average person consumes about 2,000 calories in a day just to maintain current body weight. This is called the BMR, or Basal Metabolic Rate.
Shave off around 500 calories from that number, and you’re left with 1,500 calories per day. By consuming 500 fewer calories than your BMR, you are essentially burning 500 calories a day doing nothing. Multiply that by the seven days there are in a week and you end up burning 3,500 calories every week which is equivalent to 1 pound of fat.
Losing 1 pound of fat every week may not seem like much, but it’s a healthy number. And for most people, they lose much more. This pound of fat is legit, it’s not just water weight that comes back after drinking a cold glass of water. It’s real fat that falls off your waistline.
Intermittent fasting is an extremely effective way to lose weight safely. If you’re on the fence as to whether or not you would like to try it, give it a shot. Listen to your body and go at your own pace. That’s the beauty of intermittent fasting.
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