How to Lose Weight Fast With Intermittent Fasting.
Lose Weight Without Even Trying.
I'm fortunate enough to be able to travel the world multiple times throughout the year but every time I go to new places, I end up gaining a lot of weight because I'm obsessed with trying new things out especially when it comes to food.
One of my most recent trips brought me to Thailand, which is well known for its night market culture, there are streets filled with vendors selling sweets, fried foods and snacks, that are open late into the night, all very delicious but also very very fattening.
I stayed there for only two weeks and I'm proud to say that, I was able to put on ten pounds, but I wasn't worried at all because, I knew exactly what I had to do when I got back home to lose weight fast without having to torture myself, in fact, I was able to lose 10 pounds in under a month by simply doing two things and I'm about to teach you how to get similar results as well.
Before I delve in, let's identify the three "major" hormones that determine weight loss, they are, ghrelin, leptin and insulin, we're not going to dive too much into the science behind these hormones in today's article as they all do a variety of different things, but I'll give you a quick idea of what each of them do when it comes to weight loss.
Why These Hormones Are Important For Weight Loss.
- Ghrelin essentially makes you feel hungry, if you can decrease it you'll feel less hungry throughout the day, which means you'll eat less and also spend less time fighting cravings.
- Leptin essentially makes you feel full, if you can increase it you'll get full faster, when you eat and stay full longer, which again means you'll end up eating less.
- Insulin basically controls how fast you burn fat, the lower your insulin level, the faster you'll lose weight.
How To Alter These Hormones.
To achieve our goal on a very basic level, we need to lower our ghrelin and insulin but increase our leptin. If you can do these three things, you will be able to lose weight extremely fast without suffering at all.
The first thing I do in order to alter these three hormones in my favour is to do some form of fasting, there are many varieties of fasting such as alternate day fasting, the three day water fast and the one meal a day fast, but the hands-down easiest form of fasting to pull off is what's called intermittent fasting, which is when you only eat within an eight hour window, meaning that you are allowed to eat for eight hours and then you have to fast for sixteen hours.
This sounds a bit harder than it actually is but if you sit down and do the math, you'll realise that you're technically fasting when you're asleep so that's already eight hours gone and the other eight can be done by simply skipping one meal throughout the day, either breakfast or dinner, you can skip breakfast and have your first meal at around 10:00 or 11:00 in the morning and still eat dinner at 6:00 or 7:00 or you can have breakfast when you wake up at 7:00 or 8:00 eat a late lunch at 3 or 4 and skip dinner.
Personally I find it easier to skip breakfast, but there are some studies out there that suggest it's slightly more effective to skip dinner, it's really up to you to test and see, it doesn't matter too much because as long as you're doing intermittent fasting, you will be able to alter the three weight loss hormones in your favour.
If you would like to speed up the process and see results even faster you can consider doing the one meal a day fast where you just eat one gigantic meal every single day or the alternate day fast, eat one day and fast for next, both are good alternatives to intermittent fasting.
On top of that there are also a bunch of other benefits that come with fasting such as an increase in muscle growth and prevention against disease.
Now, intermittent fasting is only half of the puzzle, there's something else that I do in order to lose weight extremely fast which is to eat what I consider to be really really delicious meals, that's right, you can actually eat delicious meals and lose weight at the same time let me explain. I have two(2), go to meals, that I will eat over and over again just about every single day when I'm trying to lose weight and these aren't sad weight loss meals like chicken breasts and steamed broccoli,
These are meals that are extremely satisfying to eat, they're so good that I don't even feel like I'm on a diet. One, is a pork belly dish cooked, crispy in its own fat douse with cayenne pepper and Parmesan cheese with a large side portion of mixed vegetables and the other is a large steak cooked the traditional way medium-rare with salt, pepper and butter, again with a large side of mixed vegetables, both of these dishes are high in fat and high in protein with a low amount of carbohydrates, that which is found in vegetables
What I'm doing here is essentially sticking to a low-carb diet, I'm keeping my carbohydrates low by avoiding things like rice, pasta, bread, beans and grains and by doing so, I'm able to alter the levels of my weight loss hormones. See, low carb diets have been shown to drastically reduce the levels of ghrelin and insulin while increasing the levels of leptin, which is exactly what you should be looking for.
When you want to lose body fat, on top of that, meals like the two dishes that I mentioned are high in protein which literally takes longer for your stomach to digest this means it will sit in your stomach way longer than foods that are high in carbs will. You will stay feeling full longer as compared to getting hungry again just two hours after eating that bowl of rice or pasta, you know what I'm talking about.
What's great about meals like this is that cooking with fat actually makes the food really really tasty, when the food industry started going on the whole low-fat trend taking fat out of every product, they immediately realised that this made their food tastes pretty darn bad so they decided to replace the fat with sugar and it's only recently that we started to realise hey, sugar is actually worse for you than fat is.
Sugar raises your insulin levels like crazy which again means that you store more of your calories as fat. Sugar is what makes you fat, by eating high fat, high protein meals you eliminate the need for sugar, you don't have to add any sugar because it tastes great without it. By combining this with a form of fasting you will lose body fat extremely fast without even trying, and that's how I lost 10 pounds in just one month.
If you have some extra body fat on you right now, you might want to consider working out and building some muscle because you're actually in a pretty good position to do so but if you want to do this then you need to make sure that you're getting enough protein.