You might have a friend or two that raves about intermittent fasting as an effective way to lose weight. Which seems sort of redundant, doesn’t it? You simply have to NOT EAT to keep unwanted weight off. We know what you’re thinking because we initially thought it too, ‘Is this a joke?’
Unbelievably, there is more to it than that and there is quite a bit of scientific research behind it as well.
But first, let’s define what exactly it is. Intermittent fasting is either restricting yourself to 500 calories a day on specific or alternate days or you limiting yourself to an 8-10 hour window where you can eat. The second approach probably sounds similar to advice you’ve had before; don’t eat after 7 pm.
This might seem like an extreme strategy to try and lose weight but research has shown that there is actually more to it. Studies have shown that planned fasting not only helps you lose weight but can help lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels. It’s also been shown to help ward off disease even more effectively.
People who try fasting say that once you get into the groove you can expect higher energy levels, a heightened sense of taste, and even feel more focused.
Keep in mind that you need to approach it mindfully and do some planning. Know when you’re going to fast and prepare by keeping yourself busy and having some tea or coffee before you start. The feeling of hungry initially can be really distracting so you’re going to want to be doing something during the hours without food. Sort of like those days at work when you realize you haven’t eaten all day.
Experts also recommend that you work your way up to regular fasting by trying it once a week and start with small windows of fasting. We also recommend touching base with your health professional, especially if you have any other health issues or concerns.
Not everyone feels amazing from fasting so listen to your body and don’t push yourself if you feel overly tired, weak, or even dizzy.
Read our next article on why you might want to consider cutting processed sugar out of your diet!