What Is Intermittent Fasting?
Intermittent fasting has grown in popularity in recent years, thanks in large part to its ability to promote higher rates of nutrient absorption in the meals you eat. It has also grown in popularity because it doesn’t require adherents to change radically the types of foods you are eating, when you are eating, or even drastically alter the number of calories you consume in each 24-hour period. In fact, the most common type of intermittent fasting is to merely eat two slightly larger than average meals during the day instead of the usual three.
This makes the intermittent fasting diet plan an ideal choice for those who find they have difficulty sticking to more stringent diet plans, as it only requires changing one habit, the number of meals per day, instead of many habits all at once. Many people find that practicing intermittent fasting leads to real results. It’s simple enough to manage successfully over a prolonged period while at the same time being efficient enough to provide the type of results that can keep motivation levels sufficient once the novelty of the new way of eating begins to fade.
The secret to intermittent fasting’s success is the simple fact that your body behaves differently in a fasting status versus a fed state. When your body is in what is known as a fed state, it is actively digesting and absorbing food. This begins some five minutes after you have finished putting food into your body and can last anywhere from three to five hours, depending on how complicated the food is for your body to digest. While in the fed state, your body is actively producing insulin, which in turn makes it harder for it to burn fat properly.
The period after digestion has occurred, the insulin levels start dropping back towards normal, which can take anywhere from 8 to 12 hours and is the buffer between the fed and fasted state. Once your insulin levels return to normal, the fasted state begins, which is the period where your body will process fat most effectively. Unfortunately, this means that many people never reach the point where they can burn fat most efficiently, as they rarely go eight hours, much less 12 hours from some type of caloric consumption. There is hope! However, as to start seeing real results, all you need to do is break the three-meal a day habit.
Follow the Golden Rules of Intermittent Fasting as provided within this informative book. You will also discover many new tips and fresh guidelines throughout each segment. In the end, you will know how you can prepare healthy meals while remaining on the fasting protocol using the great recipes provided for you in this book. It’s not as hard as you think, as you will soon see. For each of your meals, you can enjoy using your Instant Pot, Crockpot, stovetop, oven, and other conveniences to prepare healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals.