Weight loss, no matter the method, is not easy. It requires a person to change the way he or she lives his or her life. If you need to lose a significant amount of weight, you have to make more significant changes. This is why so many people need the help of a system to shed their excess pounds – systems help to codify the rules of eating, and thus help dieters to find a way to modify their lives with healthy alternatives. For decades, the key idea behind losing any kind of wait has always been the adherence to a specific formula.
The main goal of dieting is changing what you eat in order to reduce your caloric intake and thus lose weight. Unfortunately, the challenge of changing one’s diet radically tends to come with a set of issues all its own. Unless an individual is sticking to an individually tailored diet, he or she will likely end up with problems such as slow losses and even weight gains. If the individual was to attempt a fad diet, the odds of encountering some kind of health issue (ranging from fatigue to high blood pressure) can be even more dangerous. The answer for many, then, is not what to eat – it may, though, be when to eat.
The idea of intermittent fasting is one that might be hard to swallow for many would-be health nuts. After all, it’s been drilled into the heads of most that getting your three (or more) meals in each day is the key to a healthy diet. Unfortunately, you still have to deal with those pesky calories – and the more meals you eat, the more calories you are likely to consume. The basis of fasting, then, is to spur on rapid weight loss.
Intermittent fasting, at its heart, is about running a caloric deficit at certain times so that you can make use of calories when they are more likely to be used efficiently. For many, this means cutting out calories during the times of day that they are least likely to be used effectively. This generally means the morning and night – times at which your body is still getting up to speed or is in the process of slowing back down. This form of fasting, then, seeks to take advantage of one’s metabolism while still allowing an individual to eat the proper amount of calories during a day.
There are two main components of this sort of weight loss fasting. The main would limiting one’s caloric intake to a specific period of time during the day – say from noon until eight, or eleven until five. This form allows individuals to forgo one meal, and make up that intake during the other two meals. This also takes advantage of the body’s metabolism and one’s general activity levels during the day, as calories are only eaten during a period of time when the body is most likely to make use of them.
On the other end of the spectrum is fasting for an entire day. This process relies less on the body’s natural movement, and more on eating only a set amount of calories over the course of two days. If you skip eating for an entire day, you will likely eat more the next day – but probably not an entire day’s worth of calories. This puts you at a net loss for the two day period, and will help you to lose weight. This is somewhat harder for most individuals, but it is a good method of losing weight for those who have the necessary control to do so.
Timing can be everything when it comes to losing weight. You might have to restrict when you eat, but it will allow you a better chance to eat what you want. There’s certainly a great deal of effort that must be put in to training yourself to dine at specific times, but the end product is more than worth that effort. Taking the time to understand how your body truly works and to make sure that you take advantage of it when it is at its most productive is a great way to make sure that you can stay in shape.