Adding Intermittent Fasting For Quicker Results

We all have times when all of a sudden the weight loss seems to stop, or slow down. This is called a weight loss plateau. It can be very frustrating.

I can assure you that if you are eating lots of high-fat foods and low carbs than the weight loss will come. But sometimes it fluctuates. Sometimes I will go 3 or 4 days with no weight loss and then suddenly I’ll lose 2 pounds in one day. The most important thing is to keep moving forward with your diet.

But if you want to shake things up a bit and get some quicker results then you may want to add my secret weapon which is intermittent fasting.

Adding Intermittent Fasting For Quicker Weight Loss

Intermittent fasting is when you abstain from food for a period of time. It can be 8, 12, 16, 24 or even longer hours.

Now if your reaction is like mine when I first heard about fasting, you may be shaking your head because starvation isn’t good for anyone. Even Hugh Jackman has used intermittent fasting.

But let’s get one thing straight. Fasting is NOT Starving. In fact, fasting is a very popular practice that many people do around the world as a way of cleansing their system or others do it for religious reasons.

And guess what. You are already fasting right now. Each night when you go to sleep you are fasting for at least 8 hours. And if you last ate at 6 pm the night before and ate breakfast at 10 then without any real effort, you just fasted for 16 hours. You were already fasting and didn’t even know it.

Why intermittent fasting works for weight loss

It is actually pretty easy. When your body doesn’t have any glucose stores left to burn as fuel, it will switch over to fat burning. This will cause you to lose weight. Typically your body will go into fat burning after 8 hours. So even if you only want to do a short fast, you can get some good results.

If you are not sure about fasting or if you can do it easily, try what I did.

Here is how I use intermittent fasting for weight loss.

When I am going to fast, I will have my last meal at around 6:00 pm. Then I don’t eat again until I have lunch at 1:00 in the afternoon.

The easy part is that for a good 8 hours of this 19 hour fast, I am sleeping. Duh! So that makes it easy. Then I drink bulletproof coffee in the morning. I also drink lots of water throughout the day. I tend to lack salt in my body so I add just a bit of salt to my water and a lemon wedge just to give it a bit of flavor. If I feel like I really need something to help me get through the fast, then I will sip on bone broth.

When I first started fasting, I would tell myself that I could eat earlier, like 10 or 11. Then I would try to see how much longer I could go. And I found that now I can easily make it until 1 or 2 in the afternoon.

My boyfriend can fast for 24 hours a few days a week. He only eats dinner.

I think it really depends on the person and what works for you.

You may not feel that intermittent fasting weight loss is for you and that is okay. It is a personal preference. I only do it because I find it helps me drop weight a bit quicker. Plus I really feel great when I fast.

13 thoughts on “Adding Intermittent Fasting For Quicker Results”

  1. Wow, I was completely unaware of the benefits of fasting to be honest… I always stayed away from it because I love food too much.
    My family members struggle with their weight so I will definitely be telling them the benefits of this fast technique… do you recommend starting randomly at any time or is there a certain way one can ease into it?

    1. It is up to the person. For me I started by just skipping breakfast a few days a week. Then I would skip breakfast and push my lunches back a bit more each time. Now I can skip both breakfast and lunch and do a 24 hour fast, but I only do it once a week or so.

  2. Hi Wendy,
    Your article certainly proved to be enlightening for me regarding the subject of intermittent fasting. Before I read the article I could not remember a time in my life when I purposely would stop eating, or participate in some type of fast. Then after reading the article I thought to myself “Wait a minute, that’s not true”. In the past if I need to see a doctor and he asks me not to eat anything after a certain time of day on the day before the appointment, (for testing on a completely empty stomach) a good 15 hours will have gone by since that last meal – an example of intermittent fasting. Also as I ride my bicycle during workouts in the morning getting out of bed, only to eat breakfast when I return, it’s about that same 15 hour time interval since I last ate the night before.

    You did a great job explaining how the body goes into fat burning mode some 8 hours after a meal.

    As you stated as long as you’re not starving yourself by denying your body food for a 3 or 4 DAY period then the process of intermittent fasting can quickly take off those unwanted 2 – 3 pounds quickly. One question though, wouldn’t it all be for naught if the person then proceeds to gorge him/herself during that first meal following an intermittent fast?

    Jeff

    1. You are right that someone shouldn’t overeat when they end their fast. But actually most people find that they end up eating a normal dinner. Your body doesn’t want to make up all of the calories because it got plenty by burning your fat reserves.

  3. Love the post! Very well written. As a proponent of intermittent fasting myself I really enjoyed this article. What a great video of Hugh Jackman as well. Did not realize he was so dedicated to his roles like that I always just thought it came naturally for him. Keep up the great content! Cheers

  4. Marvelous article and the Hugh Jackman video just puts the icing on the cake. It’s always good when it comes from him I’ve been listening to him for years.

    I’ve always thought of fasting as starving yourself. But after reading this article I view it differently and have a better understanding of what fasting really is.

    Thanks for the information

    1. I used to look at fasting as starving as well but it is totally not true. If it was, we would all be dead since we fast every night while we sleep. This is when we burn the most fat. By fasting we are simply waiting longer before we break that fast. The longer you wait to eat, the more fat you will be burning. It is pretty cool actually.

  5. Wendy,
    Really cool article. I have heard of intermittent fasting before but this article went into much more detail.

    I have never really tried fasting but I try not to east any solid foods until afternoon. I always just have a smoothie for breakfast that lasts me until lunch and then I drink lots of water.

    Im glad you were able to find a routine that works for you! Thanks for the post,
    Brianna

    1. Hi Brianna, It sounds like what you’re doing is working for you. So that is awesome. And I am also a huge water drinker, especially with a bit of lemon or lime.

  6. Hello wendy, you have shared some useful information on fat loss. I too also use ‘IF’ when preparing for a bodybuilding contest. It works for real.
    The only drawback is it won’t work forever. It is great for short term fat lose goals. But in the long run you will find difficult to get results. The best way is to cycle it. And also, if you are not getting enough protein in your diet you will certainly lose muscles, which is not a good thing. Because losing muscles will lead to slow metabolism.

  7. Hi, thank you for this article,

    This is completely new idea to me,
    All this while, I think that fasting is not good for our metabolism, especially when we want to crank up our metabolism and lose weight.

    What is your comment about this? Will fasting helps to maintain our metabolism up?

    thank you

    1. When I fast, I don’t lose any energy and I really don’t feel hungry either. Fasting is pretty easy on low carb because you don’t have the sugar spikes and therefore to get cravings. I think fasting on a normal diet would be hard. But when you are low carb, high fat it is easy. I often fast several times a week without even trying because I simply don’t get hungry.

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