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How does fasting help with fat loss?
Fasting for weight loss can be a great tool to shed pounds, but knowing what happens in your body when you're not eating is essential. When food is withheld from the body, the body is forced to use its energy stores as fuel. Fat is broken down and used as an energy source, which helps reduce overall fat stores in the body. Fasting also causes the body to start burning fat for energy more quickly. This process usually takes place around 12 hours into fasting; however, it can happen earlier or later depending on how lean you are and how often you practice fasting.
Intermittent fasting is a form of dieting in which you fast for short periods and then eat normally. It's become popular recently, with celebrities like Hugh Jackman touting its benefits. There are several different ways to do intermittent fasting:
The fat-fasting diet is similar to the ketogenic diet because it’s high in fat and involves eating no protein or carbs. It has many of the same benefits as a keto diet—namely, weight loss and improved health—but with less hunger and no need to limit your fat intake.
Prolonged fasting can sometimes be beneficial for weight loss plateaus. If you're struggling with plateauing on your diet and exercise plan, consider adding a longer fast of 24 hours or more once or twice weekly. The key here is not to make it last forever but rather give your body a break from constantly eating while still being able to get the nutrients it needs since the body naturally starts using up fat stores when food isn't consumed for long enough periods of time (more than 24 hours).
For most people, intermittent fasting is the easiest method to lose weight. It’s also one of the more effective ways to do it. Fasting allows you to eat fewer calories throughout the day and still achieve a healthy weight loss goal—without having to count calories or worry about restricting yourself from certain foods. While fasting may not be suitable for everyone, it’s worth trying if you have struggled with weight loss or are looking for an easy way to kick off a new fitness regime.
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