Most fitness gurus and online health experts want you to believe that counting calories and eating 6 meals a day, mostly plant based is all you need to do in order to lose weight.
Here’s why that’s a terrible idea.
First and foremost, if you are overweight or you want to lose fat, why should you eat more meals if calories in versus calories out is the problem? It really doesn’t make any sense! Surely, the experts say that you’re supposed to eat smaller meals in order to get the calories down.
But constantly making these small meals mean you have to eat all the time. Every third hour or so you “need” something to eat.
If anything it makes you unable to go somewhere because it takes so long for you to eat. Not to mention the imbalance that you cause your body to go through when you do this. If you don’t get those meals you desire, you ruin your rhythm and the result is you end up hungry and angry, or “hangry”.
So, what else can you do instead? Is there a way to lose fat and stay healthy if so that you don’t have to plan every single meal out?
Turns out there is.
It’s called intermittent fasting and it means you fast for a given time during the day. Most people that do IF, fast for 16 hours and then have an 8 hour eating window. For example they don’t eat before noon and stop eating at 8 PM. In essence this means that you basically skip lunch.
The most common protest I hear all the time is that fasting is dangerous for your body and that you ruin your immune system.
Nothing could be further from the truth. First of all, although this isn’t scientific evidence, I’ve been doing IF myself for three years now and I’ve never been in better shape. In fact, whenever I’m fasting I feel I have more energy, I’m more focused and I get so much more done.
Eating is more like a necessary evil. Of course it needs to be done but it sort of ruins my rhythm and I need to “slow down” because the food literally makes me feel heavier. Of course that is because I naturally bigger meals during my eating window because of the fast.
So, if I eat these big meals, wouldn’t that cause me to get just as many calories as if I ate regular meals?
No, actually not!
Why, you may ask?
It’s pretty simple if you think about it. Because I go for such long periods of time without eating, both my physical and mental parts of my body get used to feeling a little hungry or “empty” but without feeling excessively hungry.
In short, the calorie intake, because I’m used to walking around for such a long time without food will automatically drop over time.
I have no scientific evidence to lace you with, this is just from personal experience. But I will say I dropped down from weighing 260 or so lbs to about 190 lbs. I’m 5’11, so I had lots of excess weight. Most of it was fat. And I’ve heard the same from others who also have done IF.
And right now, if I for example eat breakfast which is very rare (perhaps a hotel visit, I stay with someone or I decide to have a cheat day), eating more actually makes me hungrier which causes me to get cravings for more food!
Quoting an article on healthblog.uofmhealth.org, Other benefits from intermittent fasting are lowered insulin levels, which is good if you’re at risk for getting diabetes. A lot of people experience decrease of blood pressure which is many times related to their weight loss.
But the major advantage that I see is that when you don’t eat and you exercise or do other types of work, your body needs to burn calories from something. Because you’re fasting which means you drink water or black coffee (the latter contains hardly any calories), your body doesn’t have anything to burn from…
…except your fat layers! Fat is nothing more than excess tissue that your body needs for nutrition when it doesn’t have any other calories to take from.
So, fasting literally creates weight loss if it’s done correctly. Of course that assumes that you don’t eat to excess for every meal. But if you get used to walking around on an empty tank, thi is no issue.
However, if you couple intermittent fasting with a low-carb high-fat diet such as for example keto, we’re really talking! Again, this worked fine for me. Other people may experience it differently. Don’t take what I write in this article as medical advice though. This is just from personal experience.
If you feed your body mostly fat and proteins, your body doesn’t enter the stage of glucosis where it burns carbohydrates. It enters ketosis, which means it burns fat. And the best way to do that, ironically, is through eating lots of fat.
Shed fat by eating fat! However, it’s important that you refrain from eating carbohydrates.
So, ditch the bread, the pasta, the rice, even the vegetables and swap them with meat, cheese, eggs, butter and so on.
If you removed the sugar and alcohol, you literally take the food pyramid and you turn it upside down. It’s what the health and fitness gurus in the media don’t tell you about.
Try intermittent fasting with a keto diet. Make it a lifestyle of yours. And, be smart enough to have one or even two cheat days a week.
On the cheat days you don’t have to fast and you can eat whatever you want. Eventually you slim it down to one cheat day a week. And you’ll over time learn that eating chocolate or pasta ain’t all that much. In fact many times you’d prefer just fasting.
Do this and let me know how it goes.