Intermittent Fasting: Does It Work?

Simply Changing Your Eating Schedule Can Help You Lose Weight

By: Roseanne Cassar

Intermittent fasting is an easy alternative to traditional dieting techniques.

Are you the kind of person who keeps trying all kinds of diets to try to lose that weight that just won’t come off?  Stop wasting your time trying diets that will eventually fail.

There is a trending “diet” that everybody can try and experience tangible results.

This diet trend is called intermittent fasting.  Intermittent fasting is a pattern of eating, not really a diet where you have to starve yourself or give up eating certain foods you crave or enjoy.  

In other words, you’re not changing your eating habits but the times you’re eating meals.

For example, if you are a breakfast person, you will set a time in the morning to eat breakfast.  Then you must fast for a good seven or eight hours before your next meal.

Once you eat your next meal, you must fast until it’s time to have breakfast the next day.

Your schedule for meals should look like this.  Breakfast time is at 9am. When finished with breakfast, you should fast for seven hours, and then your dinner time should be at around 4pm.

Once dinner is done, you’re fasting for another seven hours until it’s time to eat breakfast again at 9am the next day.

Your time schedule should be consistent on a daily basis.  If this example doesn’t work for you, then you can always change the time you want to start eating your meals.

As long as you give yourself the seven or eight hour fasting you need in between your meals, it will still work.

Creating a meal schedule like this will definitely help you lose weight.  You will lose ounces each day, which will add up to pounds at the end of each week.

The way intermittent fasting works is not hard to understand. It is the matter of difference between the fasted and fed state.

There is no need to count calories or use portion control with intermittent fasting unless you choose to diet this way.

All that is needed on your part is to pay close attention to the time distribution.  Pay attention on how your body is reacting to fasting.

To break down intermittent fasting further, let’s begin with fed state.  According to, the fed state is the start of “digesting and absorbing food.”  This begins when you eat a meal and it can “last for three to five hours throughout digestion.”  

The second step is postabsorptive state.  In this step, the “body goes into the postabsorptive state.” This process will “last for 10 to 12 hours after your last meal.”

During this step, “your body is not processing any food.”  After this, “you have entered the fasted state.” The third step is the fasted state.

In this step, “your insulin levels are low again” and it’s time for you to eat your next meal. “Fasting puts your body into a fat-burning condition.”  

If you are new to intermittent fasting, then you will find this type of weight loss diet difficult to do until you get use to the habit of eating two meals a day instead of three meals.

Intermittent fasting may not be for everyone but if you have strong will power and give it a try for one to two weeks, you will be successful at it.  

Remember- you’re not changing your eating habits.  You’re only changing your time schedule to eat meals that fit your busy schedule in your life.  

This type of dieting is for those who have no time for going to the gym to keep fit.  It is another way to keep you healthy and lose the unwanted belly fat.

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