Intermittent fasting is a method of reducing your overall calorie intake by alternating between periods of eating and periods of fasting. During eating periods, you should eat whole, natural foods, but still eat normally, without worrying about calories. When you fast, you can (and should) drink plenty of water, as well as coffee and tea. It’s a great alternative to continuous, daily calorie-counting. Your overall calorie consumption decreases without you having to worry about it, thanks to your regular periods of fasting. There are several different intermittent fasting methods you can try, so you can find one that works with your body’s natural appetite and eating pattern. If you have a chronic condition, however, you should check with your doctor before you start. Many people find intermittent fasting to be a sustainable weight-loss plan, so here are 5 ways to lose weight using intermittent fasting.
1. Reduce calorie intake.
The biggest way in which intermittent fasting helps weight loss is that it reduces the number of calories that you consume. When you eat fewer calories, you lose weight.
2. Increase level of human growth hormone.
Human growth hormone helps your body burn fat and build muscle, and it increases when you fast.
3. Increase release of norepinephrine.
Norepinephrine is another powerful fat-burning hormone, and your nervous system sends it to your fat cells when you fast.
4. Improve insulin response.
Insulin helps regulate blood sugar. People with lower sensitivity to insulin are at a higher risk for obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Some studies have shown that intermittent fasting can improve insulin sensitivity.
5. Use a sustainable method.
A weight-loss program has to be sustainable to be effective, and intermittent fasting is sustainable. Once you get used to your eating schedule, you can stop thinking about it. You should still be eating healthy foods, but you shouldn’t obsess over what you eat.