Is Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss Gold?

By Ben Hamill - November 03 2018
Intermittent Fasting

Anyone who has ever attempted to lose weight knows that it is no easy task. It can take weeks or even months before careful eating habits show noticeable results. Exercise is likewise important; making the whole task one that requires a great deal of discipline and dedication. Naturally, many fail to meet the challenges, resulting in new diet trends and weight loss techniques popping up regularly.

But what if the ultimate weight loss solution was not eating carefully, but rather not eating at all? At least for brief periods of time. A recent study has confirmed that periodic fasting is extremely effective for losing unwanted weight, which seems to be just the answer that those looking for an ultimate dieting solution.

But how does it work, is it as easy as it sounds, and are their health risks involved?

How Does It Work?

Very simply, the idea of intermittent fasting is to skip certain meals, or sometimes go without eating for a full 24-hour period. In most cases those who standby fasting say that the best approach is to simply skip a meal, say breakfast, but eat lunch and dinner as per usual. The plain and easy to understand logic is that less calories will be consumed, which ultimately leads to less calories that have to be burned off. Hence, weight loss is almost inevitable.

Or at least it is if you keep your other meals within normal habits, and don’t chug down a tin of chocolate sauce for dinner. Exercise will also be essential, since even skipping a meal won’t result in weight loss if you simply laze about relaxing or playing at a casino online and don’t even glance in the direction of breaking a sweat.

Hence, weight loss will come as the result of a smart, well-planned, balanced approach.

The Science

But it isn’t just the skipped calories that make this approach work. According to research, skipped meals literally adjust hormone balances in the body. The fat burning hormone norepinephrine, which helps the body make use of stored fat for energy, as opposed to simply waiting for more feed to be delivered, is stimulated during fasting. It is, after all, the nature of the body to use stored energy only when it is required.

These changing hormone levels mean that a massive increase in metabolism can be seen, by as much as 4% -14%. An astonishing change, and especially beneficial to those who are looking to shrink their waistline. A 2014 study specifically focusing on different eating habits revealed that about a 3% to 8% loss in weight can be expected, over about a 3 to 24 week period, depending on the individual and various other factors.


Be Balanced, Be Safe

It almost all sounds too good to be true, and there certainly is obvious benefits to this approach of weight loss. Most, in fact, will work skipped meals into their dieting plans, without even thinking of it as fasting. But it must always be kept in mind that the idea is to not actively starve oneself, but work skipped calories into a healthy, smart approach to the situation.

Some websites suggest a very occasional 24-hour period without food, but this is probably a less advisable approach. If such a step is taken, rather than not eating at all for the 24 hours, simple, healthy snacks like fruit could perhaps be eaten, as opposed to simply not eating at all.

Either way, a balanced approach with a skipped meal seems like a perfect weight loss guide. Be sure to exercise, and remember to drink lots of water!