The wisdom of the ancients is proven once again: Why have all major religions promoted fasting for thousands of years? According to research, it just works better. But new evidence suggests an even quicker, special fast. For people over 30, this may be a game-changer for a slower metabolism.
“Just eat less if gaining weight upsets you so much.” – judgmental “friend”
But as you may know… cutting back on food ain’t so easy. A cookie here, a bit of cheese there, it’s so easy to gain weight.
Personally, as soon as I hit 30, my metabolism suddenly went off the rails.
Of course, I didn’t go out without a fight. I tried all the tricks – creams, diets, exercise, medications, everything.
Fads came and went, and I had spent a fortune. But for little to no results. Because all the weight I lost would come right back within weeks.
How did that change?
I realized the one thing that changed everything.
I wasn’t fat because I was overeating. I was overeating because my body was becoming fat.
My body was almost forcing me to eat. It wasn’t my fault I was so hungry all the time.
And have you noticed how some people just don’t really get food cravings?
For them staying slim is easy. I’m jealous when I watch them in the street.
They barely even exercise. They don’t even count their calories.
They simply don’t have the same appetite as we do.
But shockingly, there’s a special way of eating that can calm down even the most frenzied of appetites.
It’s called fasting.
Fasting has been used for thousands of years by all the major religions of the world.
Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and many more – virtually all of the world’s religions recommend fasting.
And according to Sacred Tradition, the purpose of fasting is to “guard against gluttony.”
|THE SCIENTIFIC CASE FOR FASTING
Fasting is now proven to be one of the most effective eating strategies for healthy living. Here are some of the countless studies.
|PubMed: “Facilitates weight loss by decreasing appetite, and may also increase fat loss by increasing fat-burning rate.” [I]|
|National Library of Medicine: “Fasting has beneficial effects on body weight, fat loss, cardiometabolic risk, and stress.” [II]|
|PubMed: “[Fasting has] favorable effects on several health outcomes, including: blood pressure, insulin, and stress” [III]|
But there’s a special way of fasting that works even quicker.
As you now know, fasting has a rich 2000+-year-old tradition backing up its appetite suppressing power.
And it’s got the scientific community buzzing with its many health benefits.
But there’s a new, even more, potent method of fasting.
According to a top neuroscientist from Johns Hopkins Medicine, Mark Mattson, Ph.D., intermittent fasting can even make us live longer. [IV]
So what is intermittent fasting?
Intermittent fasting consists of having daily 6 to 8-hour eating windows. We get to eat huge meals but only eat during that window.
According to Dr. Mattson, this eating strategy triggers an ancient human adaptation for food scarcity that turns fat cells into energy.
In other words, intermittent fasting helps use fat cells as fuel. We feast during the eating window, but our body burns fat continuously the rest of the day.
It’s a much more efficient way to lose weight than traditional diets.
Moreover, intermittent fasting offers additional health benefits like:
- Powerful appetite suppression. With intermittent fasting, gnawing hunger pangs melt away almost in surprise.
- Breakthrough weight-loss plateaus. We lose weight consistently and keep it off.
- No need to count anything – no more counting macros, calculating calories, or needlessly complicating things.
- No need to cut out any particular food or groups of foods. Most people keep enjoying their favorite foods during their daily feasts.
Sounds exciting? Don’t get too excited just yet.
Of course, intermittent fasting doesn’t come without problems.
Indeed, intermittent fasting is probably the best way to get in shape with the least effort.
But it’s also true that it can be “too effective.”
Because it switches on such a powerful fat-burning mechanism in our body, some people (not all) experience irritability and hunger during the first few days.
It’s a bit of a shock to our metabolism: From a slow and “sleepy” system to suddenly burning fat like butter in a microwave.
These side effects usually go away after the first week or two, but they can be disheartening when getting started.
Another common side effect is that people lose weight so fast and eventually feel so little hunger that they sometimes forget to eat properly.
That might seem like a good problem to have, but be careful to not lose weight too rapidly. And please don’t go below the target goal set by your nutritionist.
The best strategy to succeed with intermittent fasting is to get help when getting started.
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“The girls were saying that they loved my new jeans, and I was so proud to say they now are a size 12! It feels so good to wear size 12 jeans again…
– Katherine, 45
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