Weight Loss Routine – How To Incorporate Fasting

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Perhaps you are yet to learn about how fasting can be incorporated into your weight loss routine intermittently, and be beneficial.  In fairness it is a relatively new way of looking at fasting and it’s possible uses, so let’s take a few moments and examine why intermittent fasting is quickly becoming a valuable element in your weight loss/fat loss arsenal.

Many of us know fasting as something that has religious and/or spiritual applications, or perhaps as a political statement or tool.  (Almost always a bad idea!) However you’ve thought of fasting in the past, it may be time to look at it in a new way.  Intermittent fasting has evolved into a useful way to cut your caloric intake and still maintain energy and strength enough to workout and get stronger, and in general become more fit.

If you’re thinking about trying intermittent fasting, you will not consume anything but water for 24 hours, and this should be done no more than two times a week. With an intermittent fast such as this you can maintain workout energy while effectively adding it to your weight loss routine.  Think of the benefits of exercising a full two days worth of calories from your diet, and still be burning them up at a high rate simultaneously.  Sounds attractive, eh?

Now, employing a fast once or twice a week and then using the remaining days to practice for eating contests won’t cut it.  It’s important that you combine intermittent fasting with a healthy diet for your “eating” days. Fortunately, the majority of people who do these fasts says that they really aren’t especially hungry on the in-between days.

Studies have shown that intermittent fasting will not decrease your energy but in fact improve it, and will also boost your metabolism, two things that anybody with any experience of working out will know is a huge benefit.  People who have tried traditional fasting have complained of feeling weak and fatigued.  Although they may lose weight, their lack of energy meant they could not workout and thus most of the weight lost would be muscle.

If you’re going to try intermittent fasting, take it slow in the beginning so that your body can adjust to not eating one day out of the week. When you feel comfortable with that, you can try fasting twice a week. Also take it slow when working out during this transition time, until you start to feel as though you’re able to take a full load in your workout program.  It will not be long before you get used to it and you start to see the difference.

For anyone who is searching for a successful approach to fat loss that doesn’t interfere with getting good strenuous workouts, intermittent fasting may be a great option.  You may be pleased at just how effective it can be at painlessly reducing your caloric intake while at the same time allowing you sufficient energy to complete your workouts!