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Try Intermittent Fasting to Burn these Tough Calories this Winter?

Tired of loose fat on your belly, thighs, back? Want to show off those skinny jeans? Want to flaunt yourself in that short black dress?

This winter let’s loose those extra kilos and get the body we desire. The biggest question HOW?

Well for most of us as we know losing weight is very difficult but once you wrap up your mind to do it, no one can stop you. Nothing will come in your way. Let’s talk about the method that’s gaining a lot of popularity “Intermittent fasting”

INTERMITTENT FASTING!!!!

Yes, intermittent fasting

Well, there are many ways to put it into action 5:2 diet in which you eat 5 days a week and fast for 2 and to lose more weight, you cut back some calories from your daily intake. Another popular one is the 16:8 diet. The very famous ram Kapoor did it. The basis of this diet is that you consume food rich in protein and low in carbs for 8 hours a day while you fast strictly for the next 16 hours

16:8 diet- How does it actually work?

The 16:8 diet basically works on built-up metabolism during the fasting, thus helping you to burn more calories and burning them quickly when you finally eat. The 16:8 diet also helps in burning calories while you fast, the calories that you consumed during the 8 hours of eating. When you fast and there is no direct source of energy available, the body starts using the stored fat for energy, which helps in weight loss.

Now, this is a very easy way to lose weight where you can eat your breakfast, lunch and some healthy snacks during the day and skip dinner or you may skip breakfast and enjoy your lunch and dinner. This intermittent fasting works quite well when you switch to whole grains like oats, barley, and buckwheat and increase protein intake by consuming meat, poultry, fish, legumes, eggs, nuts, and seeds.

Benefits of the diet

By various studies done all over, it has been seen that you can also have a significant reduction in your blood pressure and blood sugar levels by consuming this diet, giving another reason to try this. But as the fact goesDiet has around 70-80% role in weight loss, if you want to speed up the process bring up some exercise too

Disadvantages of the diet

The main disadvantage of the diet is its difficulty to maintain. 16 hours of fasting is a long period and thus it is tough. Moreover, on your fasting time, all you can think about is food this causing a lack of concentration while doing other work. Some people are also known to fill up their tummies will pizza and burgers in non- fasting periods. You will still lose weight due to calorie deficit but lose health due to a lack of proteins and vitamins. Some studies also reported increased anxiety and changes in lipid profiles.

The choice of intermittent fasting is dependent solely on your convenience. There is a wide range of options to choose from. Some of these types of intermittent fasting can be:-

Types of INTERMITTENT FASTING

  1. 5:2 diet in which you eat for 5 days a week and then fast for the next 2 days or
  2. Overnight fasting in which you skip dinner and resume eating in the morning (with a window period of 12 hours). Example- If you stop eating at 7 pm, you resume it at 7 am.
  3. Whole day fasting in which people eat only once a day. For instance, some people tend to eat the only dinner during the day and continue the same.
  4. Alternate day fasting in which as the name suggests people tend to eat one day and fast the other.

Sample diet

8:00 AM–  Wake up, drink 500 mL water (before brushing)

9:00 AM — Drink 0.5-0.75  L water with 1 serving greens+, 250 mL green tea

11:00 AM 250 mL  green tea/ water

12:00 PM Workout session

1:30 PM Eat a first meal, a large portion

3:00 PM Eat a second meal, moderate portion

6:00 PM  1 cup green tea or any other unsweetened beverage

8:00. 1L water or more as required.

Anyways this was all about it but I really think it’s worth a try!

So let’s try this one out and good luck losing those bulks this summer!

What do you think?

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Written by Muskan Sood

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