Working out and building muscle will get you big, but most people want to also look amazing when they take their shirts off. There are lots of diets that people can chose from and a very popular one right now is intermittent fasting. It is a simple idea and proven to be very effective if done right. This might be a little difficult for most people, however the results are fantastic.So lets take a look and see what it is all about and why you should be doing it.
Lets start with what it is. As you know, fasting is when you go for long periods of time without eating. Usually done for religious reasons, some people do not eat from sun up to sun down and only have some water during the day to keep hydrated. Intermittent fasting is all about going on a mini fast and then eating all your calories for the day in a short window. The key is not to eat less than you normally would to maintain your muscle mass, but to eat all that you would have throughout the day only within a small about of time.
A good starting point to this diet would be to fast for 16 hours and eat for 8. 16 hours with no food sounds like you will starve yourself, but don’t worry it is easier than you think once you see how it works. First of all, you need to factor in that you don’t eat while you are sleeping. There is about 8 hours with no food. Lets say 4 hours before and 4 hours after sleep you do not consume any food either. This counts towards your 16 hour mini-fast. That leaves you with 8 hours remaining in the day to eat. Don’t forget – eat as much as you normally would in a whole day, but in about an 8 hour window.
The reason this works so well is that your body is used to eating at certain times. It is used to digesting at certain times. It is also used to expelling that stored energy efficiently when you work out. It will almost start the absorption and digestive cycle no matter if you have eaten yet or not. As you may or may not know, just digesting food in your body requires an enormous about of calories. So if you are digesting but not putting in any calories, it is all translated to fat burn. If done once in a while, perhaps once or twice a week then Intermittent fasting will boost your metabolism, increase absorption and help you burn lots of fat efficiently.
Don’t forget that it is not something you do everyday. Start twice a week and make your way to 4 times a week if you are really serious about losing weight. Doing intermittent fasting everyday can get your body used to it and it will be at equilibrium – not burning your fat for fuel because it knows in a few hours you will be stuffing yourself again trying to get in all those daily calories. After all, we want to burn fat not burn muscle, that’s why those daily calories are important.
Try this out for a few weeks to see the full effects. You should always test a meal plan like this for at least a few months, anything less would be a waste of your time. It will seem very difficult at first but you will adjust soon enough and will see the fat burn right off. As a side note: please understand that I am not a doctor. These are the results that most average people will get from this type of diet, however if you are unsure if it is right for you, consulting your physician is always the right thing to do before starting any diet plan. If all goes well, you will see the fat burn right off in a matter of a few weeks to a month or so.