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Anyone who keeps losing in the “Battle of the Bulge” will be glad to know that there is a simple yet effective weight loss method that you can utilize to lose those unwanted pounds.   It’s called intermittent fasting. 

What Is Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is a way to lose weight that involves alternating periods of eating with periods of fasting. 

There are a variety of ways to go about intermittent fasting.  However, one of the more popular fasting programs as outlined in the Eat Stop Eat program is fasting for 24 hours twice a week.   This seems to get the best results for the majority of people.

With this type of fast, even though you are fasting for 24 hours, you are still eating on a daily basis.  For example; you would typically eat your meals for the day prior to 6:00pm and then begin your 24 hour fasting period and not eat again until the following day at 6:00pm in the evening.

When using this technique, it is not recommended that you fast for more than 24 hours twice weekly.  If you do, you may cause your body to enter starvation mode and conserve its resources instead of burning more energy to sustain you in your daily activities.

Benefits Of Intermittent Fasting

Following an intermittent fasting routine has many benefits such as:

Helping to lower your calorie intake for the week without having to count calories every meal, making it easier to stay on the program for a longer period of time, lose weight and keep it off.

Fasting to lose weight can also be a very effective way of breaking through a weight loss plateau, something that often happens when you go on a diet.

When you go on an intense exercise plan, your body burns the free fatty acids in your fat cells turning them into energy.  The same thing happens when you go fasting for weight loss, your body starts burning fats in your system for energy and you lose weight in the process.   Fasting for short periods of time will not slow down your metabolism

Intermittent fasting has also been shown to lower blood pressure, reduces oxidative stress, lowers your insulin levels, increase mental and physical energy and decrease the risk of certain diseases such as alzheimers and diabetes.

Is Intermittent Fasting Safe?

When done correctly, it is safe.  Many people have had great results with this technique.

However, If you decide to use intermittent fasting as a way to lose weight and get in shape, be sure to get all the facts and consult your physician before starting with intermittent fasting.

A great resource on the topic is the Eat Stop Eat Program, which delves into the benefits of intermittent fasting and teaches you the methods to do it safely and effectively.

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