Every day, it seems we learn of more people trying Intermittent Fasting for weight loss, including celebrities like Kelly Osbourne, who just lost 85 pounds on a plant-based diet using a combination of IF and exercise. For a diet that requires little effort, other than quelling your hunger pangs, you can reap plenty the benefits of fast and controllable weight loss.
The idea of Intermittent Fasting is simple, since unlike most diets, it focuses more on when you eat rather than what you eat. By allowing your body to rest 14 to 16 hours between meals, you manage food intake, curb cravings, and lose weight as your body turns to your fat stores for ready energy in the absence of calories from fat, carbs and protein. The Beet editors have tried IF and interviewed Dr. Jason Fung, author of Life in the Fasting Lane, who helped us understand the simple rules for using IF for effective weight control. The best news is that your body’s hunger signals pipe up when you’re used to eating like around breakfast or lunch or dinner, but if you’re fasting, they quiet down after your body essentially feeds itself from its own fat stores. So that momentary hunger cue quiets down and you lose weight.
Excerpted from The Beet.