5 Ways Intermittent Fasting Ignites Your Weight Loss Efforts
Last Updated on October 22, 2019 by Paula
Over the past couple of years, intermittent fasting (IF) has seen its popularity skyrocket as millions of people all over the world have adopted it to lose weight and reclaim their health.
It has been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt to be highly effective for weight loss and it has several other health benefits too. In this article, we’ll look at 5 reasons why IF accelerates fat loss and why it should be something that you should seriously consider adopting if you wish to shed the excess pounds fast.
- Lowers inflammation
Inflammation is the leading cause of heart disease and many other health issues. The biggest culprit is sugar and it creeps into many different foods without you even realizing it.
In fact, more people now than ever before are suffering from diabetes or are in the prediabetic stage. Intermittent fasting can reduce inflammation greatly. Since you’re only eating during a short eating window, you’ll not be constantly feeding your body with detrimental foods throughout the day.
As a result, the inflammation in your body will subside. This is very important because when your body is inflamed, it will not burn fat effectively. The cells in your body will not be communicating well with each other due to the inflammation.
IF will set things right and your fat loss will not be sabotaged by an inflamed body.
- Promotes ketosis and fat loss
If promotes ketosis in the body. Most people have no idea what ketosis is. In simple words, it’s the body tapping into the fat stores for fuel.
The biggest struggle most people face when losing weight is due to something that occurs that they aren’t even aware of. Your body typically burns glucose for fuel. It gets its glucose from the carbs that you consume.
Since people eat from the time they wake to the time they sleep, the body constantly has a supply of glucose to burn for fuel. Even if you exercise and watch your diet, it still uses the glucose in your body first.
When you’re doing intermittent fasting, the 16-hour fasting window will ensure that all glucose and glycogen stores are used up in a few hours. Now, your body has no glucose for the remaining hours till you eat next.
So, it has no choice but to burn its fat stores for fuel. NOW your body is effectively burning fat… and this is why intermittent fasting is so powerful. It gets the body to burn the stubborn fat.
- Stabilizes blood sugar levels
As mentioned earlier, every time you eat, your body will release insulin. This encourages fat storage and prevents your body from burning fat. IF will ensure that your blood sugar levels are stable… and your body can effectively torch the fat without being set back by insulin spikes.
- Reduces appetite
IF will reduce your appetite. When you’re fasting for 16 hours a day, your body will adapt and require less food. Maintaining a caloric deficit will become easier and you’ll lose the excess weight faster.
- Increased energy
Intermittent fasting has been shown to increase energy levels. That’s good news. It means you’ll be able to perform better during your workouts and burn more calories, which translates to higher overall fat loss.
By now, you should be convinced of just how potent intermittent fasting is. Make it a part of your lifestyle and you’ll never look back.