How would you feel about finding a simple program that would allow you to continue to eat exactly what you already eat, not increase your exercise and allow you to enjoy 7 times faster fat loss? Probably pretty great, right?! Well, this is exactly what can become a reality for you by following one simple principle in the book Eat Stop Eat by Brad Pilon. This one simple principle is intermittent fasting, or IF for short.
So just what is intermittent fasting and why should you care? Intermittent fasting in a nutshell is the practice of short-term fasts, 24 hours in length, once or twice per week. There are variations on that theme, but in general that’s it. This is done not so much to “cleanse the system” as many would have you believe, although it will to a degree. It’s merely a simple and fast way of decreasing caloric intake so that you can achieve your weight loss goals without starvation plans or other fad diets. You don’t have to be too worried about the types of food you consume when you’re not fasting, although it should be noted that fasting once or twice per week won’t really help you reach your goals if you spend the other five or six days stuffing yourself with junk food – you need to eat normally at other times, not excessively.
A 24 Hour Fast?!
I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking that a 24 fast seems extreme. Too hard. Like you wouldn’t be able to do it. But trust me, I’ve done it many times and its really not that big of a deal. Fasting for health has actually been around for centuries, though it is only in the last two decades or so that science has begun recognising the benefits.
What do you think seems more difficult – fasting for 24 hours but eating normally the rest of the time or watching and restricting what you eat 24/7? By allowing a sensible freedom in your food choices, it relieves a great deal of the anxiety present when it comes to most diets. Many times we feel totally constrained and restricted, while this approach leaves us able to not only choose what we’d like to consume, but brings balance and sanity back into our diets. Intermittent fasting as a lifestyle will bring about changes that will last a lifetime.
Start by taking it slow at first, and really learn to listen to what your body is trying to tell you as you go through your first few weeks of this. If you find yourself feeling lethargic or underfed, change it up a bit. Your body will tell you what it needs. (And that usually isn’t a monster double cheeseburger!) Many times, especially at first, your body will be going through some withdrawals, and it’s important to learn how to differentiate the signals. Also, you need to factor in what effect any workout routines you may be involved in will have on your intermittent fasting plans.
Why Eat Stop Eat
Eat Stop Eat isn’t just a diet – it’s also the leading resource on the benefits of Intermittent Fasting for weight loss AND health. First published in 2007 Eat Stop Eat has long been considered the ‘go-to’ “Fasting” Diet. Brad Pilon, the author is a nutrition professional with over eight years experience. Brad has completed graduate studies in nutritional sciences specializing in the use of short term fasting for weight loss. So basically, he knows what he’s talking about 🙂
The Bottom Line
The most important thing to remember about intermittent fasting is that it is not merely a diet plan, but a lifestyle. In order to get the best results possible from this type of plan, you need to really immerse yourself in it. Your fasting should be something that you look forward to, as you most certainly will after you start reaping some of the benefits of this lifestyle. Making this type of plan fit into your life is key to making a lifetime of good eating and healthy living possible. There are a lot of inherent freedoms built into a diet plan like this, and while that can backfire on you if you’re not careful, it can also enable lasting success. Look into what intermittent fasting can do for you, I’m sure you will be impressed and want to give it a go!
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