Will Fasting Hurt My Weight Loss Efforts
Apr 24th, 2014 by

Will Fasting Hurt My Weight Loss Efforts
Today's question comes from a reader who has started on the road to fitness, by employing a number of different strategies to make it happen. So far, he is down 12 pounds, which is a fine start.

He is exercising a minimum of five days a week and tries to do something every day. This is perfectly fine, so long as you don't do something strenuous every day. Many people walk every day, for instance, and don't even really consider that part of their exercise program. They count what they do, other than walking, as exercise, like lifting weights, doing bodyweight exercises and so on.

He also has made significant changes in what he eats, eliminating almost all packaged food and going with protein, fruit and vegetables. He still eats a couple of Snickers bars and a bag of pork rinds a week, which isn't good for you, but let's remember that he has lost twelve pounds in five weeks.

He heard about what is called "intermittent fasting," and wanted to know if it's helpful, or harmful.

Now, before I tell you what I think, let me tell you that this is a very controversial idea in the fitness community, where the sentiment runs heavily against the idea. All the trainers, diet experts and nutritionists are heavily invested in regular meals, on some kind of schedule, and they have a whole laundry list of reasons why this approach won't work, or is harmful...and won't work.

They will tell you that you'll lose muscle tone, strength, energy... and that your body will go on the fritz quickly, which can only be remedied by eating the way they tell you.

By the way..."intermittent fasting" means that you abstain from food for one or two days a week. (So this definitely is not for everyone.)

So let's boil it down for Bubba.

Will it hurt you, or help you?

It certainly won't hurt you...provided that you're in pretty good shape...with no serious health problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and so on. You could probably do it, even with those problems, but you definitely need to see your doctor first and get the okay. (This is common sense, but....)

Will it help?

Last week, I talked about the first rule of weight loss, which simply put is: In order to lose weight, you must take in fewer calories than you are taking in at present. I used the 3000 calories a day figure, dropping the number to 2500, and multiplying out the number over a year.

So lets apply this to fasting, using one day a week. Let's assume you have already dropped your 3000 calories a day to 2500 calories a day and you've been doing this for a while...with no ill effects... and you're losing weight. Your net drop in calories is 3500 calories a week. Now with a fast (for 24 hours), you are dropping another 2500. That's upping the ante to 6000 calories a week. This certainly should speed up your weight loss, provided that you do not overcompensate when you break your fast (ie.,eating over 2500 calories).

Will you lose muscle tone? Will your energy level go down?

No. Tests have shown that none of the things the fitness community claims will happen...actually do happen. It's just another in the long list of "Gym myths," which are too numerous to count.

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Attention – Massive Fasting Weight Lost on Intermittent Fasting Program!
Mar 22nd, 2014 by

Attention - Massive Fasting Weight Lost on Intermittent Fasting Program!

The combined intermittent fasting weight lost over the centuries far outstrips all other forms of diet combined! Can this be true? You bet it can! Not to mention that the weight lost on a proper fasting diet is just the icing on the cake of the most enjoyable and effective diet on the planet.

Intermittent fasting for weight loss has been around as long a man...and way beyond all other modern formal and complicated diets came into being.

You see, until the 20th century, people practiced intermittent fasting all their lives. Why? Because they had to hunt for their food. Food was not always readily available like it is today. In early times, the hunters would catch their food, everyone would eat well for a while, then the hunters would go out and catch some more. Until they brought home more food they would live off the fat on their bodies (while they fasted) as they waited for more food. Of course they were slimmer and healthier than our overfed overweight society is today.

I believe that our natural biology was not designed to have food consistently; therefore intermittent fasting is a very natural and healthy way to diet.

However, many people believe that fasting is a bad way to try to lose weight. Why is this? Because long-term fasting simply is not a good weight-loss approach...but we are not talking about long-term fasting. We are talking about the fasting weight lost by intermittent short-term fasting.

Long-term fasting is not sustainable over a lifetime, is very hard to endure, and will slow down your metabolism, causing you to gain your weight back (usually plus some) when you start eating again. Short-term intermittent fasting, done properly, has none of these negative characteristics.

Fasting properly will not only keep your metabolism up for efficient fat burning, but it will help your body to cleanse itself of toxins.

What happens is that you fast for a short period, which causes a huge calorie deficit, and then you eat what you enjoy for a period of days.

Doing this will cause you to burn more calories than you take in, thus you will lose weight while enjoying all your favorite foods.

The fasting weight lost on a proper fasting diet is the icing on the cake of the most pleasurable and affective diet on the planet. This system can be enjoyed and sustained for life without becoming bored with it.

Combine intermittent fasting with a good exercise program and you have the perfect, weight loss system. But it must be done correctly, which actually is very simple to do. If done correctly you will have no trouble maintaining your exercise regime.

Once you learn more about intermittent fasting and weight loss, you will be amazed at how easily, inexpensively, and pleasurably they work together. To find out more, go to this Fasting Weight Lost page. Or, if you want a complete and powerful solution for weight loss through fasting, go to EatStopEat.com now!

I'm asked fairly regularly about How to Start Intermittent Fasting, and how fasting works. In this video I explain the 5 Golden Rules of Intermittent Fasting...
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