INTERMITTENT FASTING FOR FAT LOSS
LETS TALK – EP4
Episode 4 already! Blimey.
I thought I would talk about Intermittent fasting this week because strangely two clients have started using this approach to their nutrition and I too have been using this approach to manage my calories recently.
So what is intermittent fasting? It’s an extended period of time where you go without food. Typically most will fast for around 16-18 hours, giving them a 8-6 hour window to consume their calories for the day. For example you may eat your last meal for the day at 8pm and then your first meal the next day won’t be till midday.
The reason some of my clients and myself have recently started utilising this technique is because its a useful way to manage your calories for the day, especially if you are on a restricted amount of calories. It is by no means a magic diet, its just a strategy to help ensure your remain in a calorie deficit if fat loss is your goal.
Ask yourself this, do you eat breakfast in the morning out of habit or are you actually hungry? If you do it out of habit try a few more hours until you break that fast (breakfast), however, if you are actually hungry in the mornings and need something to start your day then this style of intermittent fasting may not be for you. BUT you could try the other way around, for example eating the majority of your calories between the hours of 8am and 4pm, if you are the kind of person who doesn’t get hungry in the evenings.
If you are working out make sure to have some form of nutrition around your workout, whether that be before, after or both, as we want to be fuelling our workouts and recovering properly.
So, to recap, intermittent fasting can be an effective tool to manage your calories for the day, it is not a magic diet that is going to burn more fat.
If your goal is fat loss, try it, see how you get on and let me know!