Imagine a diet where your body burns fat for energy.
You might be skeptical of the fat burning diet and are probably thinking, not another fad. Well this one is different because it isn’t about what you eat but more about when you eat.
Throughout my 20s i’ve experimented with different diets to see how my body responds to them. The issue I had with a lot of diets is that it restricted what I could eat and for someone who loves their food, this made it very difficult to stick to certain diets. This was a big problem because it didn’t fit within the lifestyle I wanted to live.
Earlier this year I came across a diet called Intermittent Fasting (IF) or Time Restricted Eating and the idea behind it is that you eat within a feeding window and fast for the remainder of the time. It wasn’t restrictive on what to eat, just when to eat.
I thought to myself, if this works, then this might actually solve my problem of being able to enjoy my food while losing body fat.
How the fat burning diet works?
This post isn’t to get into the science behind it all. If you want to delve deep into the biochemical reactions caused by intermittent fasting then you’re best to check out some of the links below. But in lay-mans terms here is a quick run down.
When you don’t eat for a period of time (fast) your body’s glucose and glycogen will deplete. Once this happens your insulin and blood sugar levels drop and then you will enter a state called ketosis. Once your body is in ketosis that’s when it switches its fuel source from glucose to fat.
- Intermittent Fasting 101 — The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide
- Intermittent Fasting for Weight Loss w/ Jason Fung, MD
- Joe Rogan – Time Restricted Eating – with Dr Rhonda Patrick
- High Intensity Health Youtube Channel
Benefits of Intermittent Fasting
There are many benefits of Intermittent fasting including some of the ones below
- Weight loss
- Reduction in Insulin resistance
- Reduced Inflammation
- Increased Heart Health by reducing LDL cholesterol
- Cancer prevention
- Increased in Brain Health
Disclaimer: I’m not a health care practitioner. Make sure you see your doctor for professional advice.
My feeding and fasting times
There are many different feeding and fasting times but what suits my lifestyle the most and I think is easiest to start with is the 16/8 method also known as the Leangains protocol.
This means you skip breakfast, eat between 1pm and 9pm and fast for the rest of the day. Basically you eat within an 8 hour window and fast for 16 hours.
I still allow myself a morning black coffee and water during my fasting periods as this consumption doesn’t affect your insulin levels and still keeps you in ketosis, thus still burning fat for energy.
Is it for me?
As i’ve mentioned i’ve tried many different diets throughout my 20s to find out what suits me the best, not only what my body responds to the best but also what fits well within my lifestyle. Environmental factors also play a big role with diets and what you eat.
There is no 1 size fits all diet for everyone, you need to try different diets to see what you like the best. It’s a balance of results vs. lifestyle.
Tip: Make sure when you try diets you track and monitor your body’s progress. Not only weight but body fat percentage and even how you look in the mirror.
I’ve been doing intermittent fasting for about 3 months now and feel like it is pretty effortless to keep it up. I’m happy to continue this and will post some results at about the 6 month mark.
Comment below if you are currently intermittent fasting and what results you have noticed from doing it. Also comment below if you are thinking of trying intermittent fasting.