If you are planning to lose body fat, intermittent fasting is one effective method to speed up fat loss. In my personal opinion, it isn’t the ideal approach. However, there are several people that have had success with intermittent fasting and regardless of the dietary strategy that you decide to use to achieve your fat or weight loss goals, it should work for your lifestyle.
Should you consider doing intermittent fasting?
You can. But intermittent fasting is another way to force your body into a calorie deficit. If your body experiences a calorie deficit on a daily basis, your body will use the energy from your fat stores on your body.
The key thing to keep in mind is “Lifestyle”.
For me, I prefer not to have the hunger feeling. So I would prefer to consume the right foods with the right portions throughout the day. I would also prefer to accelerate my fat loss through exercise as well.
Intermittent fasting does work. But may suit some lifestyles more than others.
For example, you may force yourself to eat between regular working hours and then not consume any food over dinner.
The other thing that I don’t like about intermittent fasting is that it forces your body into depletion. And if you really want to fuel your muscles to perform exercises that will allow you to burn fat, you need to consume the right food or drinks at the right time. You can still work this into your IF lifestyle, but in my opinion it is limiting.
Will you feel hungry doing intermittent fasting?
Yes you will. However, you need to understand that the hunger pains will subside. This is because your body will go from trying to get energy from the food or drinks that you are consuming and instead it will use the fat stores on your body. So the hunger feeling will be temporary (maybe around 30 minutes) until it will go away and use the fat stored on your body.
How much fat can you expect to lose per day with intermittent fasting?
It depends. But if you are aggressive with a -500 calorie deficit, then you should be able to lose around 1kg of fat each week.
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