Sometimes you’ll feel that even when your diet and exercise are perfect, you’re still not seeing the fat loss results you want. Do you want an answer other than cutting calories and eating smaller meals? Give intermittent fasting a try. Intermittent fasting is very simple: you set a window of time for eating all of your calories for the day. As an example, most people will have an eating window of 8 hours and fast the other 16 hours. Sleeping is included during your fasting times.
An example of a common eating window is:
- Eating window from 12 PM to 8 PM where you would eat all your calories
- Fasting window from 8 PM to 12 PM the next day where you wouldn’t eat any calories
There are many proven benefits of intermittent fasting but it can be a big change if you’re used to eating from morning to night. Here are the top 5 reasons you should consider intermittent fasting:
- Controls Your Hunger
Once you set your eating window, you know exactly when to eat and when not to eat. This will take away the thought of food at any time other than you eating window. Once you get past the initial hunger pains adapting to your eating window, you will now have complete control of your diet. Breaking your fast with a strong healthy meal will help you control your hunger and eliminate any cravings you might have.
- Increases Key Hormones
When you fast for longer than 14 hours, the human growth hormone production in our body increases by over 100%. This benefits you whether you are looking to lose weight or build muscle. The increased HGH will keep muscles stimulated and help them grow faster when you workout with the higher levels of HGH present.
- Aids in Fat Loss
When your body is fasting you still need energy don’t you? That’s what our fat is for! When you are in a fasting state your body will use its fat storage as energy until you start eating again. You are not “starving” if you haven’t eaten in 16 hours. Starvation is when you haven’t eaten for days/weeks. Our bodies are made to fast and that is what our fat is for. The only reason you will feel hunger is because your body is used to always eating. Using intermittent fasting will see you lose pure fat instantly because your body will use your fat for energy.
- Improves Insulin Sensitivity
Insulin is a hormone that brings down our blood glucose when we eat. Diabetes occurs when our body is no longer sensitive to the insulin that is released when we eat food. Eating for long periods of time will make you insensitive to insulin in the long run because your body is constantly using insulin to bring down blood glucose. When we fast our body is a lot more sensitive to insulin, which helps prevent type II diabetes. Fasting for at least 16 hours a day will keep our bodies using insulin correctly and efficiently.
- Increases Cognitive and Brain Functions
Fasting has been proven to increase your brain functions. When you fast your body focuses on many things other than eating. Once you have your eating window set you will be surprised by how much you can get accomplished without food always being on your mind.