When you fast,
you are giving your insulin levels a chance to “breath,”
allowing your fat cells to release stored energy.
This is the name of the game! In order for your body to burn
fat, you need to keep your insulin levels down long enough to
allow this process to happen. This is the exact opposite of what
happens when you eat. Upon the consumption of food, especially
simple carbohydrates, your body breaks these down into sugars to
use as future energy. Whatever is unused, though, is stored in
your fat cells as, you guessed it, fat! Since insulin is the
only way sugar can enter our cells, when it does, it enters our
fat cells and stays for the long haul.
Here are three of the most common intermittent fasting
Alternate Day Fasting:
This fast follows the guidelines of eating every other day, and
then fasting on your non eating days. For example, if you fast
on a Saturday, then you would eat normal on Sunday, followed by
fasting on Monday, and following suit for the remainder of the
week. If a more modified approach is needed, you can eat
approximately 500 calories or less on your fasting days, and
then resume your normal eating on non-fasting days.
The benefits of this approach allow you flexibility and
customization on your fasting days to what works the best for
your schedule. This fasting protocol allows you to eat normally
5 days out of the week, unrestricted, followed by 2 days of the
week in a fasted state.
While there are more intense approaches to this particular fast,
a “16/8” time-restricted feeding is just like it sounds - you
fast for 16 hours, followed by an 8 hour eating window. This is
a great starting protocol for a beginner since it can easily be
implemented into your current lifestyle.
Now that we have discussed intermittent fasting from a general
weight loss standpoint, let’s see how fasts differ between men