When most people think of intermittent fasting they usually just think that it means skipping a meal, most commonly breakfast. There are many ways to practice intermittent fasting and some might work better than others for different people. One schedule might be a better fit for someone while a different approach may work the best for another person's weight loss goals. The range in various intermittent fasting approaches spans from a few hours of withholding from all or most foods and beverages to going days without food intake through the mouth. Can intermittent fasting really help you lose weight, though?
Most medical professionals won't recommend long term fasting practices as there can be side effects and medical drawbacks, but short term intermittent fasting is becoming more and more widely accepted in the medical community as safe and effective.
How Does Intermittent Fasting Help You Lose Weight?
Intermittent fasting is based on the idea that you can quickly lose weight or gain health benefits by merely withholding from eating for longer than normal time periods. The science behind intermittent fasting and weight loss is simple: after hours of fasting the body uses up its stored supply of sugars and begins to burn fat for energy. There is much more to it than that though! Recent studies have found that weight loss is just the beginning to uncovering the health benefits of intermittent fasting.
The Many Types Of Fasting For Weight Loss
It is important to check with your doctor or healthcare professional before starting fasting. Starting out with smaller periods of fasting to begin with is recommended.
A Brief History Behind Fasting
One might think that because of it’s recent popularity, intermittent fasting is something new. Nothing could be further from the truth, however. It has actually been used as a medical practice since the 5th century when the great physician Hippocrates prescribed abstinence from food or drink as a cure for certain physical conditions. The physiological effects of fasting began to be studied in the early 19th century and studies began to take place on the side effects and benefits derived from fasting. As those benefits became more obvious, the practice of fasting for medical or health purposes was more and more widely used as time went on.
Fasting And Religion
The practice of fasting for religion started as a way for priests and priestesses to cleanse themselves as they attempted to get closer to gods or deities. Many times, after a fast, the god’s would approach mortals in dreams and reveal divine messages. In some cultures fasting was a way to appease an angered deity and was seen as a small sacrifice. This idea is seen more in modern religions before or during sacred holidays in order to reach a transcendent state.
Are Modern Eating Habits Really Sustainable?
Early humans relied on hunting and gathering for nourishment. As time went on, farming became common practice and people had more availability to more volume and different varieties of food, but for the most part, overeating was reserved for the elite, wealthy and royalty.
Over the past century, the eating habits of the world have changed dramatically. With the introduction to indoor lighting, easily accessible entertainment, social media, and the internet, people are up earlier and awake later. The modern man is also more likely to have a job inside with less outdoor activities and exercise. This translates into more time to sit at your desk working, streaming or gaming, and more availability to large portions of unhealthy food.
Other Benefits From The Most Effective Intermittent Fasting Methods
- Reduced chance of heart disease
- Joint relief
- Increased lung capacity
- Better sleep
- Improved Mood
A Beginners Guide To Fasting For Women Vs. Men
Intermittent fasting is likely to affect women differently than men. It also may have different benefits for women than those found in fasting for men. Studies show that increased heart health and a decreased chance of diabetes are among the most substantial side effects of long term intermittent fasting. It is also likely to decrease appetite which makes maintaining a healthy weight more obtainable. After the fasting or dieting is halted or a break from the intermittent fasting is taken you can still reap the weight loss benefits from this period of decreased appetite.
There is no “one size fits all” model that works for everyone so if one method just isn’t working, it’s ok to try another. Women are usually instructed to take a more relaxed approach to fasting than men, especially when starting out. This should likely include shorter periods of fasting or fewer days out of the week to fast. It is also beneficial to try and eat well when you are allowed to eat as this will aid in the weight loss process.
The 5:2 diet or a modified version of alternate day, (eating about a quarter of your normal intake during fasting days) work well for many women so those might be a good starting point. When it comes down to it though, the best approach is the most life-giving approach that can be incorporated into your life in the long-run.
Can Skinny Up!® Be Helpful While Intermittent Fasting?
Skinny Up!® does recommend while you’re on our plan and protocol to stick with our food intake. Just like all these other methods, however, there isn’t a magic formula that works for everyone when it comes to losing weight. If you feel like you’ve gone through the full Skinny Up!® protocol and you could eat less or maybe just want to try something different, it’s ok to try one of these fasting methods to go along with taking the Skinny Up!® brand supplements. Don’t, however, stray away from the types of foods and vegetables we have recommended for you as they were specifically included to help in cutting weight quickly.For more information about how to follow our recommendations while also incorporating intermittent fasting, feel free to contact our team and we’ll be happy to help you in any way possible. Remember, try your best to achieve your weight loss goals and we guarantee that you’ll be happy with the results!*