7 Reasons Fasting Can Help You Lose Weight

7 Reasons Fasting Can Help You Lose Weight

Fasting may not sound so appealing when there’s so much food around us, but when you hear all the benefits, you might start thinking differently.

Two of the best benefits from fasting are a clear mind and a clear digestive tract. You simply feel lighter mentally and physically when your body can take a vacation from food.

Two ways to fast: All at once or slow and steady over time

With fasting, you can actually lose a lot of weight over time. For example, a fast of just water for 7 to 10 days could end up causing 7 to 10 pounds of unwanted weight to run elsewhere and get the heck away from you!

Fasting can be done on a more regular basis, too. For example, you could fast every Wednesday and Friday of the week. Eating fewer calories – if any at all – will always cause the weight to start coming off.

What experts say about fasting

Experts report that eating 30% fewer calories each day constitutes a fast, and it’s still healthy to do this. You’ll burn quite a bit of body fat just by eating 30% fewer calories.

This means that instead of the usual 1800 calories per day, you eat 540 calories less, consuming only 1260 calories. The funny part of this is that you can still eat meals of 350 calories each that will fill you up.

Why you should consider fasting for weight loss

So what are those reasons why you should consider fasting for weight loss? Here’s a list of them:

  1. If much of your diet is inflammatory foods (lots of processed foods, superheated fats and sugar), then fasting will help you feel better because the inflammation throughout your body is gone.  When you feel better, you’ll be more active.
  2. Fasting normalizes your insulin levels. High levels of insulin that are created after eating processed foods or high Glycemic Index foods cause the body to store fat and interfere with fat-burning.
  3. Fasting raises your growth hormone levels by over 1000 percent in women and 2000 percent in men, which makes you burn fat better while it increases muscle mass.
  4. Fasting lowers the free radicals in the body (called oxidative stress) which zap most of your energy during the day.
  5. Fasting utilizes fats and ketones for energy, decreasing the available amount of fat in your body.
  6. Fasting suppresses your appetite while it turns on your creativity.
  7. Fasting gets your body to use fats for energy instead of carbohydrates and glycogen. Thus, you end up losing weight faster.

Ready to consider fasting yet?