What is Intermittent Fasting?
When starting the Faster Way to Fat Loss®, more often than not, the scariest part for most people is the idea of intermittent fasting. Just hearing the word “fasting” can send some people running for the hills. But it’s not the Biblical form of fasting that some image. You DO get to eat. And actually, you get to eat a lot! So what is intermittent fasting exactly?
Well, intermittent fasting is not a “diet” that you go on while following the Faster Way to Fat Loss® program. You should look at intermittent fasting, instead, as more of an eating schedule. Simply put, it’s a period of not eating, followed directly by a period of eating.
Your body is always in one of two states: either fasted or fed. Obviously, the fed state occurs after you eat something. Your body is using the food you have consumed and turning it into energy. On the other hand, about 8 to 12 hours AFTER you’ve eaten, your body will begin to enter a fasted state. And this is when your body will reach deep into those fat stores for energy.
Basically, as you eat, your body is breaking down the food you take in. It is using the nutrients is needs and storing those excess nutrients for a time to be determined later. Thanks to insulin, this excess energy is stored as fat. As we fast, our body uses up that readily available energy and then turns to alternative sources: your fat stores. Through intermittent fasting, you are literally training your body to burn fat instead of store it.
There are a few types of intermittent fasting schedules, but for the Faster Way to Fat Loss®, we specifically target the 16/8 method, as it is found to be the most sustainable long term. That is to say, we employ a 16-hour fasting window, followed by an 8-hour eating window. Your fasting window begins when you finish eating for the day. Say for example you finish dinner at 7:00pm (no snacking!), your fasting window would begin then and run through to 11:00am the following morning. If you’re like most people, the majority of your fasting window will be while you’re asleep.
If you’re used to popping out of bed and gobbling down a huge breakfast, this might be a little more difficult in the beginning. If needed, you can always eeeeease into a fasting window. We recommend trying as 12/12 split if you’re struggling with the fasting window. This means you’ll have a 12-hour fasting window followed by a 12-hour feeding window. As you concur that, you can move up to 14 hours fasting, and finally, the 16/8 intermittent fasting schedule.
This is not to say that intermittent fasting will be the answer to all of your “fat burning” needs. But it is a start. The Faster Way to Fat Loss® employs intermittent fasting as just one aspect of an entire program that transform your body. This means creating lean muscle mass with the best workouts around, incorporating whole food nutrition, and knowing the right cycle of eating for optimum results. If you’d like to know more, just fill out the contact form and I’ll get right back to you! Or if you’d like to join my next round of Faster Way to Fat Loss® click the “Sign Up” link to get on the waiting list!