Intermittent fasting has become so much a part of my everyday life that I don’t think about or even care about its efficacy anymore. Instead, I enjoy experiencing and learning about the long term benefits as they appear.
Many will boast of their body transformations and quote scientific articles that point to the biochemical changes your body makes through the process of weaning off a nearly constant flood of glucose from meals and snacks.
Years of daily intermittent fasting has its own unique effects that I have come to embrace as the new me.
If you care to look at the systems in your body that intermittent fasting primarily interacts with, you’ll find these effects have a domino effect on your whole body.
What I’m saying is that the weight loss, muscle building, brain health and physical wellbeing you experience from intermittent fasting is rooted in a broad range of changes at the molecular and cellular level.
The biggest thing for any weight loss program is a negative energy balance over a moderate to long-term (i.e. several days to weeks/month/years) period.
If Intermittent Fasting (IF) helps you achieve that and is easy for you to execute then by all means, it is probably effective.
Yes – but ONLY if intermittent fasting is done with a concurrent modification and persistent application of a diet that is structured to achieve and sustain weight loss.
The only way fasting will, without diet composition modification, be effective in helping you lose weight and keep it off is if you intermittently fast sooo much during the week that your total weekly consumption produces an ongoing caloric reduction – regardless of what you eat – less than what you ate to gain weight. And that you persist in that reduction, or go even lower, after your metabolism adjusts.
And that scenario is not an advisable strategy for weight loss if you have any hopes of leading an enjoyable, participatory life among the living.
It’s going to boost your metabolism, bring more clarity of mind, make you less hungry, and burn fat as a bonus! I love doing it 1–2 times a week (16 hours on, 8 hours off), and sometimes even skip food for 24 hours. Start with a shorter time interval.
Briefly, yes – so astonishingly effective that you wonder why everyone isn’t doing it. The science backs up how great it is for your body (eg being flooded with Human Growth Hormone, which is unusual for middle aged people), you feel fantastic, and weight drops off you.