Intermittent Fasting to Lose Belly Fat and Gain Energy
What do many Wall Street millionaire bankers and Silicon Valley billionaire entrepreneurs have in common besides not worrying about their monthly bills? While their diets vary, many practice some kind of fasting.
Intermittent Fasting (IF) is my favorite form and offers many advantages while mitigating the hassles. Here is some of the research on IF and how it works.
IF leads to higher growth hormone levels, lower insulin levels, and increased amounts of norepinephrine / noradrenaline. The 3 factors boost the breakdown of body fat and facilitate its use for energy.
In other words, intermittent fasting works on both sides of the calorie equation. It boosts your metabolic rate while reducing food quantity eaten.
Many of those who try intermittent fasting are doing it in order to lose weight (9).
Generally speaking, IF means you eat fewer meals.
Unless you over-compensate by pigging out and eating much more during the other meals, you will be taking in fewer calories.
IF also elevates hormone function to facilitate weight loss.
Another review study also showed that IF caused less muscle loss than typical dieting (13).
All things considered, intermittent fasting can be an incredibly powerful weight loss tool.
In a 2014 review of the scientific literature, intermittent fasting can cause weight loss of 3 – 8% over 3-24 weeks (12). This is a large amount.
The people also lost 4 – 7% of their waistlines. This means they lost lots of belly fat, the harmful fat in the abdominal cavity that causes disease.
More details here: How Intermittent Fasting Can Help You Lose Weight.