Featured__ Everything You Need To Know About Intermittent Fasting

January 18, 2016 | By

Tried everything from intuitive eating to reverse dieting? Well, we’ve got another method for you: intermittent fasting. Yes, you’ve always been told not skip breakfast, but skipping breakfast could actually be a good thing. Here’s everything you need to know.

How It Works: Intermittent fasting doesn’t involve changing what you eat at all, which is exactly what we love about it— you can still eat the same foods that you’ve always eaten. Instead, intermittent fasting changes the patterns of your meals to give you maximum energy, muscle gain and fat loss.

Your body burns fat in a fasted state— when your sugars are low. This fasted state happens about five hours after your last meal. Most people rarely reach this state because they’re eating all day long. Intermittent fasting gives your body a chance to reach a fasted state and burn more fat without actually changing your diet.

How To Do It: When practicing intermittent fasting, you don’t have to cut the amount of calories you’ve been eating at all. Instead, you eat all of your calories in a smaller window of time— usually eight hours. So you might skip breakfast and eat your first meal around noon, then you would stop eating at 8 p.m. and fast until noon the next day. Some people use intermittent fasting every day, while some only use it a few times a week.

Why We Love It: There are a lot of studies that suggest that exercising fasted not only gives you stronger workouts, but can also help your body burn more fat. When your body can’t use food as fuel, it’s forced to dip into your fat stores for energy instead. You also get to eat much bigger meals when you're using intermittent fasting, which is awesome.

Another thing we love about intermittent fasting is that you choose when you want to eat. If you want to still eat breakfast right when you wake up and then stop eating at 4 p.m., you can. If you want to fast until dinnertime and then eat until midnight, you can do that too. It’s completely up to you.

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