Is Intermittent Fasting A Fad?
The Basics Of IF....
Fad diets have hit the headlines recently with the ‘creator’ of the Alkaline diet and his methods being systematically pulled apart. Intermittent Fasting has in recent weeks had a light shone on it through the practice of Hugh Jackman for his final, upcoming role as Wolverine in the new film, Logan. Pictures of him looking in very good shape have raised people’s eyebrows to the honesty and integrity of IF and most of all, ones ability to be able to sustain this type of cycle. So what is IF?
In basic terms, it’s how and when you plan your meal times. It has many benefits and there are a few different ways of using the IF method to attain your goals. One point to remember is that this is not some celebrity diet plan or some fad that will eventually go away. You are simply changing when you eat.
IF is a great way of losing body fat if it’s done in the right way and is one of the most popular reasons why people use this method. In the main, you do not adjust the amount you eat. You stick to your daily macros and your daily calorie values as one of the main things a person wants to see and achieve is a lean aesthetic, as a result of fat loss.
In terms of fat loss, there are two states the body goes through in order to initiate the response from the body and get you on the way to the results you desire.The ‘Fed State’ is a process that happens when you begin to eat your meals/foods and can last typically up to five hours after eating.
The body then enters another state known as the ‘Post-Absorptive State’. Around eight to twelve hours after eating, the body then enters the ‘Fasted State’. It’s within this state that the body begins to burn fat, as your insulin levels are much lower in this state than in the ‘Fed State’ where they are much higher.
Many people see great results with IF without drastically changing anything as we said above. Most people struggle to keep up with eating at regular intervals due to our lifestyles and daily activity, so IF is a great way of getting your body into this fat burning cycle that you may otherwise not be able to achieve using other dietary methods.
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