Think of the results you can achieve in a shorter amount of time — through fasting
The great news is that intermittent fasting is an easy way to achieve your weight loss goals. Unfortunately, there is no “one size fits all” method who take on the journey. But along my way towards gaining my health back, I have added some key components below, which helped accelerate my results. When I began Intermittent Fasting, I did not experience weight loss until month 3. I was fasting every day, using alternate fasting times, and was eating pretty well. Then, I began to aggressively alter some of my macros to trim down for my niece’s wedding in November of 2019. It worked, and I drastically saw the changes after that initial month of quite a nutrition regime. But, not all is rosy news. My salt and iron levels plummeted because of the rapid weight loss; my doctor questioned my weight loss methods. The results indicated malnourishment, which was not the case. Instead, the problem was a lack of salt. It took a few weeks of increasing iodine and food intake to get back to normal again. Then I had an iron transfusion which did the trick. You can quickly get into these dangerous situations, so be mindful that your calorie intake doesnt get too low. Allow your body plenty of time to adapt to the time it needs to work its magic at burning body fat for fuel slowly. On the other side, there is a case of overeating food and then not seeing the results you want. No one has a way of telling you what caloric intake you should have. My trusted advice is to use the palm of your hand as a protein portion source; always fill your plate with lots of greens and a small number of carbs. Of course, you can choose to carb & keto cycle as well. I found these methods very successful as I never had to lower my carbs down and didn’t feel deprived. Fasting is the right path for people who want to lose weight and feel comfortable maintaining it as a lifestyle.
Fasting only works when you do it regularly.
If you want another reason why fasting is beneficial, you won’t be disappointed in the research backing it. Many people have reversed diabetes, ageing and many diseases. You can also expect your skin to glow and energy to ignite.
Top 5 tips for intermittent fasting success
One: Carb cycle
This is a great way to have your carbs and eat them too! Going 100% keto can diminish your metabolism and exhaust your thyroid long term (From my own experience). Carb cycling is easy, and you can alter them according to when you train.
Two: HIIT for stubborn belly fat
I found this was fantastic for tapping into stubborn belly fat — or body fat in general, that’s not shifting as fast as you would like it to. Just remember that less is best for this.
Three: Training for Strength
I love that fasting helps you stay consistent with your strength and muscle gain. When I followed a low-calorie diet, I was constantly experiencing inconsistent waves of low and high energy. Now, I have a relatively stable level and can grow, maintain and increase my strength and muscle mass.
I like to integrate the keto lifestyle when I’m not eating a lot of carbs. It helps some get into more profound ketosis when fasting.
Five: Alternating the hours you fast daily
I don’t just stick with one fasting time, and I make a habit of swapping and shifting times each day. Sometimes I get lazy and stick with one, but a plateau can develop if you do. To stop this from happening, allow one day off from fasting per week and alternate your feast times.
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