By Dr. Janet Brill

Intermittent Fasting for Weight Loss

Intermittent fasting, when done correctly and safely, will reduce your overall calorie intake and cause weight and fat loss. Intermittent fasting is not a diet per se, but an eating schedule. The fact that you omit meals results in an automatic reduction in calorie intake. Numerous scientific studies are emerging showing a program of intermittent fasting can be a sustainable, and effective approach for weight loss, as well as for diabetes prevention. One of the most notable health benefits is the ability of intermittent fasting to promote loss of dangerous belly fat; a reduction in insulin resistance and a lower blood sugar level.

One of the phenomenal attractions of intermittent fasting is the simple idea of freedom in eating, which is very motivating — fast today for tomorrow you feast. This strategy differs from traditional calorie-restricted diets, accounting for the success many people have in losing weight. The concept that you get lots of cheat days — built in –is very attractive to dieters. Technically, you can eat whatever you want during your eating windows. One major caveat is that the main reason people do not attain their weight loss goals with a program of intermittent fasting is that they eat anything and everything during their feasting windows. If you stick to a healthful plant-based Mediterranean diet during your eating periods, you will see the greatest weight loss.

In the beginning, you may feel hunger pangs during your fasting periods. Most intermittent fasting newbies figure out how to accept, adjust, and dull hunger pangs, which typically dissipate after about a month on an intermittent fasting program.

To accelerate your weight loss, you should consider an adjunct program of regular exercise. In fact, all Americans need to move more for better health. Because you’re entering into a lifestyle program aimed at improving your health, this one does indeed advocate daily exercise in conjunction with intermittent fasting and consuming a plant-based Mediterranean diet—a three-pronged approach to achieving your health, fitness and weight loss goals.

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