Fasting is a spiritual practice that has been around for centuries but it has now become a hot trend in the fitness and health community. Intermittent fasting, is known to burn fat aiding in weight-loss and has been proven to have many powerful benefits to the body and mind.
What exactly is intermittent fasting, you may ask. Well, it’s definitely not a diet. Instead, it is a eating pattern. It’s not about what you eat but when you eat. There are different kind of ways you can do an intermittent fast.
The most popular is the “lean gains,” originally created by Martin Berkhan, the central ideas behind it involve restricting calorie consumption for a period of 16 hours, followed by 8 hours of eating. For example, only eat from noon until 8pm, essentially skipping breakfast.
There’s also the “alternate day diet” created by James Johnson, M.D., where you eat regularly one day, and on the next day you won’t eat for a full 24 hours. For example, eating on a normal schedule (finishing dinner at 8PM) and then not eating again until 8PM the following day. This one’s a bit harder if you’re just starting out.
Eating this way will reduce overall calorie intake without really limiting what you’re able to eat. It takes away the stress of counting macros, and calories and makes everything much simpler.
Still a little baffled on how this works ?
Think about it in this way, when you eat a meal, your body spends a few hours processing that food, burning what it can from what you just consumed. Whatever energy doesn’t get burned on that day gets stored away as “fat” for your body to use later.
During the “fasted state,” your body doesn’t have a recently consumed meal to use as energy, so it is forced to pull from the fat stored in your body, rather than the glucose in your blood stream or glycogen in your muscles/liver.
Burning fat = win
With June being the month of Ramadan, a month of fasting, there is no better time then now to jump on the band wagon and give intermittent fasting a try.