What Eating Only 2 Meals A Day Does To Your Body
If you’re reading this, I’m gonna go ahead and assume that you’re a busy bee.
You probably have a full time job.
You probably have a social life that you have to make time for.
You probably have a favorite TV show or Netflix series that you watch to keep yourself sane amidst the chaos.
And you’re probably strapped for time.
If you don’t have the time to make yourself breakfast, lunch, and dinner everyday, I don’t blame you. With the amount of time commitments you have to adhere to, who really has the time to make themselves multiple healthy meals every single day?
That’s why I’ve got a treat for you today.
I’m going to show you an eating strategy you can use to easily drop body fat while reducing meal prep time.
This way, you're saving time, burning fat, and becoming healthier in the process. It’s a win-win.
That eating strategy is called Intermittent Fasting.
What is Intermittent Fasting?
Well, first off, Intermittent Fasting is not a diet. It’s a way of eating to help make things more time-savvy for yourself while making health gains.
Essentially, it’s where you have a period of time during the day where you don’t eat, and then a period of time during the day where you do eat.
During the time period where you restrict yourself from eating, you can have 0-calorie drinks such as black coffee, tea, or just plain ol’ water if you’d like.
During the time period that you’re allowed to eat, you eat your recommended amount of calories.
Most people follow an 16/8 time regiment. That is, for 16 hours of the day, they’re in a fasted state. And for 8 hours of the date, they’re in a fed state.
Here’s a very common Intermittent Fasting protocol that a ton of people adhere to:
From 8pm at night to 12pm the next day, they’re fasting. From 12pm to 8pm that night, they’re allowed to eat.
What’s great about this time period is that you’re asleep for a lot of the time that you’re fasting, so the hunger won’t get to you as much.
What’s So Great About Intermittent Fasting For Fat Loss?
Well, there’s a few reasons for this:
· First off, being in a fasted state helps your body produce certain hormones (particularly human growth hormone) which are great for fat loss, slowing down the aging process, and
· If your insulin levels are always high, it’s harder for your body to burn fat. When you’re in a fasted state, your insulin levels drop which allows your body to burn fat at a faster rate.
· Intermittent fasting has shown to help increase metabolism, which allows your body to burn more calories, therefore increasing your chance of weight loss.
· Many people who start intermittent fasting experience less cravings for junk food. Once you’ve passed the adjustment period, it’s easier to stay in a fasted state which makes it easier to reject junk food and snacking.
· Generally, the idea of intermittent fasting is that you’ll eat a fewer amount of times per day than normal. As long as you don’t go crazy during your feeding period, you’ll eat less meals which means less calories.
There are a ton of benefits Intermittent Fasting has if you’re wanting to burn fat and lose weight, however those aren’t the only benefits.
Other studies have also shown that intermittent fasting can help reduce oxidative stress and inflammation in the body. There are also studies showing that it can help you reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes, as well as improve the health of your brain and heart.
Essentially, Intermittent Fasting is an easy, inexpensive way to receive a ton of health benefits, as well as propel your ability to burn fat.
The Easy Way To Start Intermittent Fasting
If you’re completely new to Intermittent Fasting and you wanna give it a go, just be aware that there will be an adjustment period where your body will be getting used to being in a fasted state.
You’ll find yourself hungry, and you’ve just gotta keep yourself busy to ignore the hunger.
Also, if you’re just starting out, you don’t have to jump straight into a 16-hour fasting window and 8-hour eating window. You can ease into the process.
You could start with a 14-hour fasting window from 8 pm to 10 am the next day and eat between 10 am to 8 pm that night.
Try this for a week or so, then move to a 16-hour fasting window the week after.
Also, since the idea is to have no calories during the fasting period, obviously you’ve gotta stick to no calorie drinks such as water, black coffee, and tea.
However, sometimes you’ve just gotta have something to fill yourself up a tad until you’ve reached your fasting period.
For this reason, a lot of people have a piece of fruit to keep themselves sane until they reach their feeding window. Others have a teaspoon of coconut oil to carry themselves on.
What I suggest you do is just to drink a ton of water to keep yourself full.
And trust me, it gets better. Once you’re past the adjustment period, you’ll be fine. Most people report that it only takes them two to three weeks. Once they’re past that point, they actually enjoy being fasted.
You’ll hear common things such as having a clearer mind, no brain fog, a lot of energy, and other great immediate benefits.
Last Piece Of Intermittent Fasting Wisdom For Women
Intermittent Fasting is a bit different for us girls than it is for men. You’ve gotta be a bit more careful.
If done wrong, you could put your hormone production out of whack. You’ll start feeling an energy drop that you’re not used to, experience hunger pangs that you’ve never felt before, etc.
Many girls who’ve tried to do the 16-8 hour fasting and feasting window on a daily basis have reported symptoms like these.
But - that’s only when done wrong.
So, instead of doing it on a daily basis, try it just once per week to begin with. This way, you’re easing your body into this fasting state, it’s not too much of a shock to your body (compared to doing it everyday), and you’ll still get the associated health benefits.
Once you’ve “graduated” from once a week, move up to two times per week on nonconsecutive days.
On the days which you’re fasting, don’t do intense forms of exercise. Keep it to something light like yoga or walking. You can keep the weight lifting and group fitness classes for days where you’re not fasting.
And that’s about all that I’ve got for you today.
Just give it a try. Don’t jump straight into a 7-day intermittent fasting regimen.
Start off light. Do just one day with a 12-hour fasting window while drinking a ton of water. Once you’ve adjusted, gradually move yourself up.
Baby steps, people. Baby steps.