Intermittent fasting can be an amazing tool to improve your overall health by helping your body to burn fat and lose weight. Intermittent fasting is defined, simply, as eating only within a certain time frame during the day and fasting outside of that window.
Ways to Break Down Your Day into Fasting and Eating
There are several ways to divide a 24-hour day into two periods of fasting and eating. It is easy to pick a schedule that works effortlessly with your lifestyle. For example, you can break up a 24-hour day into 16 hours of fasting and 8 hours of eating. This is the most common type of intermittent fasting.
If you choose to divide your day into 16 hours of fasting and 8 hours of eating your 8-hour window could begin with breakfast at 8:00am and end with an early dinner before 4:00pm. See? Simple! There’s no need starve yourself. You’re just eating within your body’s natural rhythm.
You may also choose a 4-hour window of eating and 20 hours of fasting. The first meal could be at 11:00am and your last meal or snack of the day before 3:00pm. You could also try a 6-hour window of eating and an 18-hour window of fasting.
Experiment with what works for your body and your lifestyle. The most important thing is that you find something that works for you. This will make it easier to maintain healthy habits of eating and lose weight.
Intermittent Fasting and Ketosis for Weight Loss
During fasting, your body enters a state of ketosis. While in ketosis, your body uses up fat stores for fuel instead of using the quick energy that comes from eating sugar or carbs that our bodies quickly break down into glucose. When you eat a diet that is high in carbohydrates, like pasta or white bread, your body uses the path of least resistance and breaks down glucose for energy before it uses up any fat stores that could be available for burning energy instead.
The way that our bodies break down food or fat is similar to electrical energy. Electricity will take the path of least resistance, and can be dangerous if it’s not harnessed, but when we give an electrical current a path, we can make it work for us by lighting our homes and powering our cities.
When you are fasting and eating foods that are compatible with weight loss, you are telling your body where you want it to take that energy from. Your body will use the path of least resistance to give you energy and to fuel your day. By fasting and entering ketosis, your body’s fat stores become available for breaking down into efficient energy, so your body burns fat and you lose weight.
Fasting helps you reach your nutrition and fitness goals by making it easy for your body to break down fat stores thereby improving your health and vitality.
How to Keep Burning Fat
If only fasting, it may take your body about two days to enter a state of ketosis where your body is consistently breaking down fat stores for energy instead of using quick-and-easy glucose. Once your body enters ketosis, you can help it maintain this state of high-efficiency fat burning by eating meals that are very low in carbohydrates, high in healthy fats, and have a moderate amount of protein. These are ketogenic-friendly foods, and they encourage your body to use up the fat it has stored instead of burning glucose for quick energy by maintaining a ketogenic state.
For more information on understanding the language of foods, see The Language Behind Healthy Eating.