TWO NOT SO SECRET INGREDIENTS TO FAT LOSS
It’s no secret!
There are two things that you already include in your life everyday that contribute big time to fat loss. If you don’t you might be pretty sick or out of your mind.
Intermittent fasting. Now before you go all HUH UH GIRL on me. We all do it every time we go to bed at night, our bodies enter into a fasting state. It’s not until we “break the fast” that we are not fasting. Extending your fast just a wee bit longer will help promote better utilization of insulin and helps to prevent insulin resistance. It stimulates the good hunger hormone Leptin that makes you feel full. It also helps your body burn fat that was inaccessible during the “fed state” which is when your body is digesting and absorbing food. There is so much info about intermittent fasting here is just one of the many great articles about it. We want to shoot for 12-16 hours of fasting so if you stop eating at 8pm and don’t break the fast until 11 am that is 15 hours.
My personal experience is that it is in sync with my natural rhythm meaning I am not hungry in the morning so I don’t eat. I also feel that by extending the fast out a little longer, (and this is not rocket science or anything researchable) it feels like my stomach cannot hold as much when I do eat. Which reduces caloric intake as well. You still have to watch your portions when you do eat. The science behind this is all about what it does to the hormones and fat burning processes in our body.
If you continue to eat more than you expend you will not lose weight.
Eat your protein. So I know everyone eats some protein in some form or another.
But wouldn’t you eat more if you knew that it can actually cause you to lose fat?
- Here are just a few fun facts about protein.
- Protein helps you feel fuller longer. So think about having some good protein before going to bed at night (before your fast)
- It slows down digestion, making you feel fuller and less likely to go back for seconds, so right there less calories.
- It keeps your blood sugar from soaring and helps curbs cravings.
- Protein requires more calories to process. As you are losing weight, your body loses both muscle and fat (Yikes!). During this process it is especially important that you continue to eat enough protein in your diet.
- Having adequate protein coming in from your food fuels fat burning while preserving calorie-burning lean muscle.
- Protein promotes muscle repair and growth. Consider this if you are strength training. 20% protein is adequate for your daily allowance. (also if you are diabetic there are special consideration for how much protein you have each day) Are you getting that much? Check here to find out.
Here is an in depth explanation of intermittent fasting and how to do it right from my friend Alex at Suppsadvisor.com take a look
ps. I mentioned losing your mind if you aren’t doing one of these things…when we sleep we fast if you are not sleeping you may be interrupting a very important fat burning process. Sleep deprivation by the way can cause a multitude of mental health issues including hallucinations and psychosis.