The Magic Of Intermittent Fasting And How It Can Help You To Lose Weight Fast

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Intermittent fasting is the most recent thing that I incorporated into my 12 weeks body transformation plan and I got to share it with you because the results are pretty good!

I know that various factors are needed for me to achieve six pack abs. One thing is to have the abs to show for it and the other thing is to make sure that my diet is clean enough so that I can burn off the fats that are covering the abs.

However, I am weak in the area of dieting and I find myself being sucked into eating foods that are not going to help me achieve my goals.

So far my challenge has been going well and I am still following the workouts listed in MAX Workout. I am exercising at least 3 times a week and this is not an issue for me. But diet wise, I am playing a losing battle and I know I have to do something about it.

My Research

There is one common thing that I found out when it comes to shedding fats – lower calorie consumption always work in helping you to lose weight.

Regardless of the Paleo Diet, Atkins Diet or whatever fancy diets that you are following, the fact is that you have to eat lower calories to lose fats.

One common knowledge in the bodybuilding world is to eat 5 to 6 small meals in a day. It is believed to stoke your metabolism using the thermic effect of food.

To be frank, eating 5 to 6 meals in a day is not an easy task. I tried doing that before and I spent a lot of time preparing my meals and I feel bloated all day as I kept feeding myself throughout the day.

I am all for behavioral science. I believe that things that are too complex can turn us away from achieving consistency. Hence, I try to find ways to make things simple and easy enough for me so that I am able to create the consistency to see the results.

Instead of believing to eat 5 to 6 small meals per day, I found out about Intermittent Fasting through a book titled Eat Stop Eat by Brad Pilon.

The diet is interesting and I believe it is simple enough to follow through to reap the rewards.

What Is Intermittent Fasting All About

The method that I am currently following is to fast for 16 hours in a day. This means that I am not eating from 8pm at night to 12pm in the afternoon. My feeding period starts from 12:01pm to 7:59pm (talk about details…)

This time slot allows me to be a social creature so that I am able to eat lunch or dinner with my friends and colleagues. Try eating 5 to 6 small meals a day and you will find that everyone starts to question you about what the heck are you doing when you reject them for lunch appointments.

There is nothing fanciful about this method and this is what I have been doing for the past few days. The good thing is that it is easy to follow through and skipping breakfast is not really affecting me (where are the studies that breakfast is definitely needed for the day?).

In fact, I find my mind is clearer in the morning without the food and I don’t feel bloated.

Fasting for 16 hours also beats the hell out of fasting for 24 hours. I haven’t tried fasting for a full day but it doesn’t really sound appealing to me and I don’t believe I can sustain on a diet like that for long term.

However, fasting for 16 hours a day is something feasible and I can see myself doing this for long term to reap the benefits.

(Note: If you are interested in long term fasting and detox, read up about Celestine’s fasting journey)

7 Benefits Of Fasting

1. Fat Loss

If you start to reduce your calories intake, you will naturally lose weight. You don’t need to think about what diet to follow. If you are eating natural and whole food and at the same time eating lesser calories due to intermittent fasting, you will definitely lose weight fast.

2. Beat the bloat

I suffer from bloating and I don’t look good in the mirror when I overeat. Intermittent fasting get rids of bloating as your body has more time to digest the food, heal and recover.

3. Clarity of the mind

With an empty stomach means that you have a clear mind. I don’t know why this works, but it does works. I work better in the morning and with intermittent fasting, my mind is clearer and I have to say that my productivity improved.

4. Energy level

Ever notice that you feel tired after eating? This is because your body needs energy to digest the food that you ate. Intermittent fasting cut out a meal and you have lesser to digest and higher energy to spare. This is why you will enjoy your morning more because you have more energy to spare. Use that time to exercise or work on your goals.

5. No hassle for breakfast

Think preparing breakfast is a hassle? Now you don’t even need to think about it. You save some money in the meanwhile.

6. Longevity

There are research and studies being done on how fasting can increase longevity. These research and studies show that fasting may increase longevity. You can read up more in the links below.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intermittent_fasting

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0047637400001093

7. Productivity

To be more productive, means that you will be able to spend more time on things that matter to you. With the increase energy level means that you will be able to channel these energy to your goals or your work.

If you would like to learn the methods that I use to increase my productivity, check out my ebook – Unleash Your Productivity Genius.

Conclusion

I am already on my 4th day of Intermittent Fasting. I can confidently say that I am able to incorporate this into my lifestyle and do it for the long run.

If you are planning on losing weight, improve your health or you would like to have the extra energy in the morning, try out the Intermittent Fasting method. If you have any questions, feel free to drop me a mail.

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7 Responses to “The Magic Of Intermittent Fasting And How It Can Help You To Lose Weight Fast”

  1. Cara Heholt says:

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  2. Ashley Brown says:

    It’s nice that you are getting benefit from doing fasting. This diet look interesting. I just want to know that diet you are following does not slow down the metabolism. As usually when you stay hungry for so long your body goes into starvation mode which slow down your metabolism.

  3. Amy says:

    I’ve heard about fasting, but it’s more to do with the Muslim tradition of Ramadan where you’ll fast from sunrise to sundown. This is the first time I’ve heard of intermittent fasting though, and I’m curious as to how it goes.

    • Vincent says:

      Hi Amy

      I first heard about fasting from the Muslim tradition of Ramadan. However, I found that there are many people who are using the method of intermittent fasting to lose weight. The fasting methods between Ramadan and Intermittent Fasting is also slightly different due to the hours and also Intermittent Fasting allows drinking of water throughout the day.

      I will keep the update going to let you know about the results. Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment.

      Cheers
      Vincent