What I want to bring to your attention is not specifically a diet. Instead, it’s more likely to be classed as a “lifestyle plan” and an entirely new approach to eating – and not eating, unlike plans that restrict calories as much as possible and increase activity. The dietary plan I want to discuss doesn’t specify what foods you should eat or avoid. That’s really up to you and your goals. Not only is this plan something you will get fast results from, but you will also receive some great health benefits in the process. This includes diabetes, heart disease and also obesity. There is also potential to extend the quality and quantity of your life and look younger. After knowing all of this, it makes someone eager and ready to try this out for size.
What am I talking about? That’s right – it’s intermittent fasting.
IF (which is my shortened version) refers to cycling between periods of eating and fasting. It’s one of the simplest and easiest ways to lose weight – and in record timing.
Most people who start to try IF have a common goal. The goal is always to lose as much weight as possible in the shortest amount of time. While this may work for people initially, after the weight loss begins to happen – we pivot onto something a bit more meaningful. As humans, we like to achieve goals and move on to a new ones.
Why I love intermittent fasting so much
My love for intermittent fasting started with a mission to get back to health. I was suffering from bloating, digestion issues and discomfort. It was stopping me from leading the best possible life I could. I wouldn’t say I liked that feeling of being sick on a day to day basis and needed to do something about it. After a conversation with a friend, who was already on the fasting pathway., I decided to give it a try. Right then and there, I decided that I would have my last meal for the day and fast until tomorrow. I haven’t looked back since!
Why it works
As I mentioned, everyone has a different intention for wanting to fast. Mine was always about my health, but then I moved into a lean body mass look when the weight loss started to happen. It was something I was striving for but never could attain. Because I was always in a competitive diet mode for bodybuilding shows, I started to weight when I stopped the horrendous restrictive eating. For years, I was in between many different diets, and nothing worked. I spent many years in frustration – wondering if I was ever going to get my body back. With fasting, I not only got my body back, but I also started to put my health back into place as well.
The best method is the one that suits your lifestyle. The only want to work that out is to try a few alternatives. The most popular fasting time frame is a 16 hour fast. If that works well for you, go ahead, I prefer 17–18 hour fasts. That gives me enough time for attaining my nutritional needs whilst allowing me to stay lean all year round. Do what works best for you, your body shape and your maintenance goals. Why fast for more extended periods if you don’t need to? Fasting for long stretches does have its advantages – but each to its own. Do what you feel comfortable with and experiment.
If you search via google at all the fasting alternatives, you will see so many, and reading up on them, will help you decide what path to take. Keep in mind that you don’t have to stick with one method forever – do allow fasting to occur consistently to experience results. The magic is definitely in the consistency of your fasting and exercising.
Fasting is a natural part of the human cycle. It’s been part of many cultures for as long as we can remember. When you are eating, make it a priority to eat a balanced diet rich in protein, fibre and veggies. Water is essential too, and it helps quench those hunger tummy growls. If you have a disease or a severe health issue, consult your doctor before heading down this road. I do hope this has helped you. I would love you to upvote it if you did. Please also join me on my various social platforms and do go ahead and download your Empowering habit changer guide. I’m also on Instagram.