Intermittent Fasting 101
One major component of the FASTer Way to Fat Loss is intermittent fasting. In fact, that’s what the FAST in FASTer Way stands for. So, what is intermittent fasting, and why should you incorporate this nutritional strategy into your lifestyle?
It’s become the norm in today’s diet industry: if you want to lose weight and speed up your metabolism, then you have to eat 6-8 small meals throughout the day, beginning as soon as you wake up, to effectively start and maintain your metabolic rate for the day.
However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. There is actually no research that shows this mini-meal trend has any effect on your metabolism or weight loss. So what does research say is effective? Intermittent Fasting.
What is Intermittent Fasting?
Intermittent fasting is not a fad diet, but an eating schedule: it is more about when you eat, not what you eat. Basically, intermittent fasting is alternating between fasting periods and eating periods.
Your body is always in one of two states: fasted or fed. In the fed state (any time your body is digesting food), your insulin levels are continually elevated making it difficult for your body to reach into its fat stores for energy. However, while in the fasted state (about 12 hours after your body finishes digesting), your insulin levels are lower and your body will dig into its fat stores for energy, which means you get leaner. Because of the mini-meal theory, most people rarely go into a fasted state throughout the day. This regularly causes your insulin levels to remain elevated, hindering your fat loss efforts.
Intermittent fasting allows your body to rest and reset every day.
Allowing your digestive system time to reset and rest every day is incredibly beneficial for a number of reasons. It provides your body time to remove cellular waste, decreases inflammation and improves mental focus and brain function.This is why the FASTer Way to Fat loss utilizes a daily 16 hour fast with an 8 hour eating window. You don’t eat less throughout the day, you eat the same number of calories in a shortened eating window. The time of the window is not important, but allowing for 16 hours of digestive rest each day is one of the ways we get the most bang for our fasting buck.
Want to give intermittent fasting a try?
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