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What is intermittent fasting?

Intermittent fasting for weightloss is a method of eating where you provide yourself a limited amount of time to eat and then remain fasted for the remaining window of time. There are several windows to it, such as the 16:8 which means fasting for 16 hours and giving yourself an 8 hours window to eat. 20:4 which means fasting for 20 hours and eating within a 4 hours period. Or the more popular OMAD (one meal a day) style. You can ofcourse decide to divide your fasting and eating windows as you like, but these are some of the more popular ones.

The concept of intermittent fasting is that, when you have a limited time to eat, it reduces how much food you can eat, thereby reducing the total amount of calories consumed in a day. But does this always work?

Does intermittent fasting work for weightloss?

My answer would be, it depends. Intermittent fasting would be a good idea for someone who has already developed a healthy relationship with food, and a strong will. For someone who isn’t quite there yet, it might be more of a struggle than you think. The first thing working against you is your brain. Have you ever actively tried not to think about something? What happened? That suddenly became all you could think about, right? Same thing happens with food.

Telling your body it’s not allowed to eat at a certain time, might increase your brains fixation on food, and lead to you either developing cravings or getting hungry at the wrong time. This is where your relationship with food and your strength of will comes into play. Are you strong enough to tell your body, “not now” when it asks for food? If you can’t do that, then restricting your eating window becomes futile.

Also, if you’re someone that doesn’t calculate calories of what you’re eating, then intermittent fasting still might not benefit you. As long as the calories going into your body isn’t less than the calories your body is expending, then you wouldn’t lose weight.

Conclusion

In essence, intermittent fasting is a method of restricted eating. Whether or not it can help you lose weight, would depend on your relationship with food, your strength of will to say no to your cravings and ultimately, how much calories you’re consuming during your eating window. Be sure to sign up for updates, as my next article would be how to effectively use intermittent fasting to lose weight.

So if you’re struggling with weightloss, you can check out this article on 10 reasons you might not be seeing results.

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