Tired of all the fad diets that you’ve tried before that never gave you the results you want? It’s time to try intermittent fasting for weight loss!
Intermittent fasting is an easier way of losing weight. It doesn’t make you starve yourself and it has countless benefits that will help you as you go through menopause.
Losing all those extra pounds doesn’t have to be difficult, trust me, you can burn fats at any age, even when you’re in menopause. A great way to do this is through intermittent fasting (IF). IF doesn’t follow any rules or complexities. You don’t need to make a meal plan or stick to one food. This way of eating is simple and easy to follow – plus you still get to enjoy good food (and I mean healthy food).
IF has many benefits (check out its top 13 benefits). But in this article we’re going to know the 5 reasons why it’s “especially” good for weight loss!
6 Reasons Why Intermittent Fasting for Weight Loss is Good!
1. IF reduces your caloric intake, minus the restrictions.
For the non-believers out there, YES, you can lose weight even if you don’t count your calories!
Counting your caloric intake doesn’t accomplish any goal. But when you do intermittent fasting, you have periods where you don’t eat, plus you’re required to eat more plant-based and whole foods in your diet. This lowers your calorie consumption. In your feeding time, you can eat 2 to 3 times so you don’t have to give up on food too!
2. IF helps you lose fats – not just water or excess fluid.
If you do fad diets or fast in just a short time, there’s no doubt you’ll lose some weight. But the question is, have you lost “real” weight or not? Intermittent fasting is a way of eating which designed for the long term. It doesn’t just get rid of the excess fluids in your body (which gives you obvious weight), but it eliminates stubborn fats! In what way?
You get energy from two sources: from the food you eat and the fat reserves in your body. When you eat, your body uses some of the food for energy, but the rest are kept as fats. In your fasting state, your body will tap into these fat reserves for fuel so you burn fats in the process. In addition, the cycle continues so your body doesn’t have to store fats for too long.
3. IF preserves muscle mass.
Many people are afraid to try intermittent fasting for fear that they’ll lose all their muscles (muscle wasting). In addition, they think that when they do fasting, they can no longer exercise because they may feel pangs of hunger or get dizzy and faint. But intermittent fasting does the opposite, helps you build muscles!
When you fast, you increase your production of growth hormones which is a potent fat metabolizer and at the same time a promoter of muscle growth. It also aids in muscle repair and regeneration which can help you build muscles instead of losing them!
Here’s more! It’s possible to exercise even when you’re fasting. Experts say that to augment muscles buildup, you can do exercises like strength training and high intensity interval trainings (HIIT).
4. IF doesn’t cause yoyo dieting and reduces cravings over time.
A study from the University of Alabama at Birmingham suggests that intermittent fasting is way better than our normal eating patterns because it helps control cravings.
When you fast, you realize that you can still enjoy daily activities without shriveling up or losing energy. Experts say that in the two to three weeks after you follow IF, you are able to train your body and mind to stop the urge to eat. If you rewire your mind to think that it’s fine not to eat at a specific time, you’ll feel less hunger. Over time, you will feel comfortable with this and you reduce your chances of ever experiencing yoyo dieting.
5. IF establishes your routine and encourages long-term adherence.
Tried many diets before and found them challenging to follow? With IF, all you have to do is make it a point to develop an eating and fasting time. You don’t even have to follow a set of instructions, you can set your time based on your comfort and preference.
By doing this, you’ll recognize your hunger cycles and develop a solid routine. It’s a challenge to do this at first. Most especially if you’re raising a family or you have an inflexible work schedule, but with consistent repetition, you’ll soon see results in your life and health!
6. IF helps you understand hunger better.
Intermittent fasting helps you know if you’re hungry or not. Sometimes, this can be hard to understand because there’s what we call “hunger pains” and “pangs” of hunger. Even before we feel the real one, our body already experiences pangs of hunger – which are psychological. Meaning, we make our bodies believe that it’s hunger even when it’s actually not.
When you fast, you will be able to feel real hunger pains and you’ll want to eat more nutritious and hunger-satisfying foods – healthy foods. You will also develop more appreciation for food – every bite is more delicious than the last and you experience the true essence of pleasure and contentment.
Watch this video by Dr. Berg as he explains the power of intermittent fasting for weight loss! [7:38]:
To make intermittent fasting successful on your weight loss journey, you may also want to make dietary changes. Eat more healthy foods, stick to organic and natural and ditch all everything processed in your kitchen!
There are plenty of ways to do intermittent fasting (read our article intermittent fasting for women to know more). It’s easy to integrate in any lifestyle and support weight management. It’s a life-long habit which people practice now even without realizing it!
Intermittent fasting has many great health benefits, but it’s not for everybody. If you have a medical condition or you’re under certain medications and treatments, you may want to visit your doctor first!