We’ve talked a lot over the last few weeks about different weight loss tips, some of which work, others of which are scams. We think it’s a good idea to lead you away from tactics that could waste your time instead of shrinking your waist, but we also think it’s important to give good ideas on what you can do. So, here’s one: you can lose weight fast with fasting.

What is intermittent fasting?

Intermittent fasting is a strategy where over the course of a week you will refrain from eating food for an allotted period multiple times. For example, one practitioner of intermittent fasting says he avoids meals for over 12 hours, three times a week. The strategy was first presented by Dr. Krista Varady in 2004 at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

How does fasting work?

The premise is simple. Your body doesn’t need food as often as you give it food. So, your body can healthily deal with abstaining from food for periods of time. Taking this time off food results in weight loss of non-water fats, according to Varady, with some saying 24 hours of fasting can equal half a pound of weight loss.

Ok, taking a day off is easy, but what if you over eat the next day, you may be asking? Well, according to Global News, Varady’s research found that, “In short-term studies, she learned that those who fast for a day don’t binge the next day at all. At most, they’d eat about 10 to 15 per cent more calories once they broke their day-long fasts. Despite a slight increase, the calorie reduction was still enough to see weight loss.”

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How effective is fasting?

Well, as we said, one period of fasting can cause at least 0.5 pounds of non-water fat to disappear. This means the process is slow, but effective. Varady says that fasting can help you lose up to 90 per cent of body fat, while more traditional methods peak out at 75 per cent. The method, which actually has a long history in cultural and religious practices around the world, has been tested on subjects by scientists, with positive results.

What are some tips for fasting?

  • Drink somewhere between 8-12 glasses of water a day to help keep yourself hydrated
  • Fast on the days where you’ll be occupied with stuff, so you won’t have time to listen to your stomach (but don’t worry, you’ll get used to fasting within a couple weeks)
  • Non-fast days should be regular eating days, not a chance to have a feast
  • Consult with your doctor before fasting if you have pre-existing health conditions

As we’ve always said, this is just one way to move toward your weight loss goal. Let us help you with some others to get you where you need to be, fast.