What is Intermittent Fasting?

Intermittent fasting is when you voluntarily restrict food consumption for a specific period of time during the day. Daily time restricted feeding is the most popular type of intermittent fasting. Individuals who use this method will usually eat an early dinner and then restrict food consumption after dinner and will not eat again until lunch time the next day. The goal for intermittent fasting is to go between 14-16 hours without eating so that the body can tap into stored fat for energy without deteriorating the health of the muscles. Intermittent fasting can help individuals who have reached a plateau with their fitness and weight loss training plan by jumpstarting the metabolism.

Eating one meal a day is also a form of intermittent fasting that can help tap into stored energy and calorie burn. Some people will use intermittent fasting every other day and will only eat every other day so that calories eaten do not get stored and so the body can become more efficient and burning calories and stored fat for fuel. If you keep up with articles on nutrition and wellness, you will see that intermittent fasting is a popular method for losing weight, increasing metabolism, and making your body more efficient with using stored energy. 

Intermittent fasting can have some side effects if you do not monitor yourself well. When you fast for too long, your body can go into a self-preservation mode and slow down your metabolism causing you to actually gain weight instead of lose weight.  A health wellness life coach can help you find the right type of intermittent fasting that works best for your body and your personal fitness goals. A health nutritionist can also provide guidance on intermittent fasting and create personalized eating plans to help support your fasting schedule. Intermittent fasting supports the health of fitness. Tapping into your body’s stored energy can help endurance athletes train harder and compete stronger. Ask fitness coach personnel next time you go to the gym how intermittent fasting can help support your personal fitness training plans and overall health. 

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