This morning I was having a cuppa with a pal of mine down in Kemp Town.
Not my usual Starbucks either, but one of these independent coffee houses…
Even “treated” myself to a decaf latte – I know, very rock and roll of me :)
Anyway, Dave turned to me and asked if I knew anything about intermittent fasting.
He’d been chatting to someone else and the subject came up and so he thought it would be a good idea to ask your boy Walsh about it.
Very clever, is our Dave. So…
Intermittent fasting or as my mother-in-law calls it, “the starvation diet” is very effective when it comes to losing flubba-bubba.
In a nutshell, all you do is not eat for 14-24 hours.
There are plenty of different methods out there, but I recommend aiming for around 18 hours.
That’s long enough to maximize the benefits and short enough not to be a complete ball ache.
The good news is that you’re going to be asleep for a large portion of that time, so it’s not exactly difficult to follow.
If anything, the first time you do it, you’ll notice that you’re not particularly hungry, but because you’ve gotten into the habit of eating food first thing in the morning it feels weird not eating.
Now, you’d be forgiven for thinking that fasting is all about dodging calories. But…
There are in fact, several benefits to fasting in this manner such as better concentration, control of your hunger hormone, a decrease in your cortisol hormone and even more energy.
However, the big 3 have to be…
#1 Calorie Reduction: if you wanna lose weight, then cutting back on the calories is a handy thing to do, especially if you’ve been eating way too much.
#2 Digestive System Recovery: rather than your digestive system having to deal with the onslaught of food several times throughout the day, it can get on with the business of rest and repair.
#3 Balance Your Fat Burning Hormones: this is perhaps the biggest impact that fasting has, but one that is often overlooked. When you fast for several hours your fat storing hormone, insulin, reduces and your fat burning hormone, growth hormones, goes into overdrive. Happy days!
So, while fasting 1-2 times a week is good for shifting fat, it’s also good for your overall health.
In fact, I recommend fasting as well as a few other rapid fat loss techniques in my best selling fat loss program.
If you still want to lose weight and kick things off with bang, then I recommend you get started asap.
And if you have any questions about this fasting lark in the meantime, just let me know.
Love ya :)