Have you tried intermittent fasting for weight loss?

Fasting is not a new thing, we’re designed for it. Until relatively recent times in human history eating habits were generally feast or famine. The standard 3 meals per day is a new phenomenon and has become habit for most.

 

 

Fasting can help with weight loss, but I like it for other reasons:

  • It slows down the aging and wearing out processes of the body
  • It speeds up repair processes of the body
  • And of course it increases fat burning

I’m familiar with the 5:2 diet, and it has great health benefits, but it was a no from me. Despite the health benefits it’s not sustainable for me, I just don’t like it, and so I’ve opted for something easier. But the health benefits are still there.

This might work for you too if the 5:2 isn’t sustainable for you either. However, this version isn’t a license to eat what you like and still lose weight. This straps a turbo charge to weight loss approached with health in mind, i.e. eating for nutrition and being naturally active.

Easy Intermittent Fasting For Weight Loss

It is natural to fast over night while you’re sleeping, with a bit of planning it’s easy to extend this a bit longer.

Fasting for 16 hours 2-3 times/week can make a great difference to your health and weight, provided you’re doing other important things too.

Make a start at a 14 hour fast, and when that’s easy extend it. Here’s how:

  • 8 hours covered while you’re in bed
  • Eat your last food at least 2 hours before bed – ideally 3
  • Eat breakfast/brunch 3 – 4 hours after getting up

Water, herbal tea, black tea, and black coffee – all ok during the fasting time.

I look ahead at the beginning of the week to see where I can comfortably fit this in.

A good technique is taking breakfast with you if it’s a work day, I often take a smoothie.

Tweak around the edges to find something that works for you. Have a go because intermittent fasting for weight loss has so many other health benefits.

Have fun!

Dr Julie

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