Who doesn’t want a fat loss program that allows them to eat what they want, and still shed body fat? Have I got your interest going on the answer to this as of yet?
The real deal is that intermittent fasting is the best kind of lifestyle plan, not diet, that can be used daily, or a couple of days a week, to help you shed body fat fast and effectively.
You can choose to watch what you eat – as this provides better and faster results of course. But in actual fact, you really don’t have to. It will all depend on where you want to take this strategy.
Lifestyle plan in a nutshell.
When you decide to begin your journey with intermittent fasting, I recommend you focus mostly on the following foods:-
3 important choices in diet when intermittently fasting
- Low fat protein sources, such as chicken breast, white fish, eggs and turkey. Think lean cuts of meats. If you are a vegetarian, you will have to opt for eggs and protein powder that is very low in carbs and fat. I do not recommend beans to be eating consistently, as they contain too many carbohydrates. These are eaten at a later stage when you are losing body fat.
- Cruciferous veggies. These veggies should be part of every meal you have, and in large amounts. Give yourself 2–3 cup fulls of these wonderful veggies. Use broccoli, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, spinach, cauliflower and cabbage. Of course, there are many more options, so please do have a search online for options available via the season you are currently in.
- Choose high grade fat sources. This is avocado, nuts, olive oil, coconut oil, fatty fish such as salmon and trout. Use these in conjunction with your overall food choices, and eat fatty fish every couple of days. Dress your salad with olive oil, cook your food with coconut oil and use avocado in your salads. Fats are thermogenic, and encourage more body fat stores to be burnt off as energy. Eat nuts in moderation, as a snack in between meals.
These will be your main focus during your intermittent fasting plan. Here are some fasting alternatives for you to think about, and schedule within your lifestyle.
Intermittent fasting. This method is so popular because it’s simple, effective and it also improves your overall health. You will still get huge benefits when opting to fast every other day. Make sure you do get enough protein when within the feeding period, to preserve muscle, and give you enough sustained energy throughout the day. It does get easier as you progress with fasting.
Here are some options to try out.
- 12 hour fasting window
- 16 hour fasting window
- 18 hour fasting window
- 20 hour fasting window
- 24 hour fasting window
- 36 hour fasting window
Since you are looking to lose body fat and weight in 2 months time, I suggest you opt to fast every day, utilising the timing above to swap and change. You don’t want to keep using the same time, as your body will get used to it and stop progressing.
The longer you fast, the less time you have to eat, therefore, that is a great alternative. But, don’t do this too often. Always follow a long fast with a longer period of eating the day after. Replenish your body and keep treating it well in order for it to work with you along your weight loss journey.
You should start seeing results within a week. Then it will keep following through over the next couple of months. The more body fat you have to lose, the better your results will be. Obviously if you are already lean, this probably wont have much of an effect. But there are several health benefits that go hand in hand with this strategy.
Good luck along your journey, and please do connect with me via the links below. I’d be very interested in hearing how you found this method.
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