Sometimes you can be a little too busy or wake up late and entirely skip your breakfast. “No big deal.” you say, “I’ll just wait to eat until lunch.” But what if it happened on purpose – as part of your routine? You’ve discovered an efficient weight-loss strategy: fasting.
Specifically, intermittent fasting – a diet technique that goes back thousands of years. The oldest book of all, the bible, refers to fasting as abstaining from food for a specific amount of time.
Intermittent fasting is one of the most popular diets around the world. That is because it’s easy to do and not too restrictive. There is just a period where you eat and one where you don’t.
Furthermore, the diet says you do not have to limit what you eat or how much you eat.
In fact, fasting is a favorite because it takes the least will-power as it can be as simple as just waiting a couple hours before having your first meal of the day.
Skipping breakfast is the most common way to fast; however, there are also other ways. Here are a few:
5:2 Fasting: 7 days a week. Simply reduce your calorie intake for two days. This can be between 400-600 calories for men and 300-500 calories for women. (Can also do 1 day instead of 2)
16:8 Fasting: Every day. Eat freely (healthy) for 8 hours a day and then fast for 16 hours.
Eat Stop Eat: Once a week. This is where you fast for 24-hours in a row—definitely the harder one out of the mentioned.
How To Stay Safe
Fasting can be exceptionally beneficial to losing weight, but it is crucial to not overdo it to stay safe. If you are fasting you, then you are probably trying to stay healthy and fit.
So, here are a few tips for the best results:
- Stay hydrated: remember to drink enough water every day as fasting can cause faster dehydration. Water might even curve your food cravings while in the fast period!
- Fasting does not mean feast: The goal is to lose weight. If fatty foods are consumed, or overeating happens during the fast period, the results will not be optimal.
- Keep up with the protein: could not be said enough, protein is essential as it is the building block of every muscle in your body. Also, remember your veggies!
- Exercise: if you are a weight trainer or an athlete, you must eat nutritiously in substantial amounts.
- Do not overly fast: Your body is made to last for long periods without food, but you should keep your fasting sessions short to keep the adverse effects at bay.
Fasting is one of the easiest ways to improve your health because it’s uncomplicated, painless, and straightforward. Plus, it simplifies your time.
As long as fasting happens in short cycles and you keep your foods healthy, then you are good to go. You’ll see many beneficial health effects such as weight loss, fat loss, and improved metabolic health in the long-term.