The Different Types of Fasting to Help You Lean Down
Chances are you are reading this because you want to know which different types of fasting can help you lean down.
There are two different types of fasting that I have tried, which have helped me lean down—quickly.
But before I speak of them …
What is fasting?
Fasting is basically the last thing you eat before you go to sleep, or the last food you consumed before not eating anything for a large period of time.
So now that we know what fasting is…let’s talk about the different types of fasting.
Like I said, you’ve got a couple of options
- Intermittent Fasting
- 24-hour Fasting
I wouldn’t even start any other type of fasting until you have at least tried the ones I am about to recommend.
Let’s start with…
Intermittent fasting is just how it sounds Intermittent (ceasing for a period of time). There are many ways you can implement this. It can be
- 16+ hours
- 8-10 hours
- 6 hours
Guess which one I use.
I use the 8-10 hour principle. Before you run off and say, “Screw this”, it doesn’t mean you need to starve yourself for 10 hours after waking up. What I mean is…that you fast from the previous night starting from the last meal you ate.
To show you what it looks like
You start your fast from the moment you ate your last meal—let’s say by 11 pm. When you wake up at 7am, you don’t eat. You go about your day for 2 more hours and before hunger strikes, drink a cup of Joe (I’m quite partial to the RED Coffees).
You will then proceed to fast for another 2-3 hours (11 am). Then have a small snack, preferably an apple—keeps you fuller longer.
After an hour or so from eating the apple, you can then devour a huge meal.
Don’t just eat whatever, eat clean, and more importantly, until you’re satisfied. You then repeat the process by eating another huge meal 4 hours later.
So what are the benefits to intermittent fasting?
1.Lowers Insulin Levels
Basically, this means since insulin levels are lowered, your body starts breaking down fat. The longer you fast the more body fat your body uses for energy.
However, here’s the thing, once you break your fast and eat carbohydrates, it will utilize the carbs in a more efficient way instead of just storing them straight to fat.
In other words, you reset how your body handles insulin (carbohydrates)
Increases Growth Hormone
If you’re a man and into bodybuilding, this news will pump you up. To keep it short intermittent fasting increases testosterone.
You can read the benefits of testosterone here.
Seems rather odd, considering you may get hungry. But, if you ever drank a cup of Joe while fasted—you’ll definitely experience an extreme sense of focus unlike you’ve ever had before.
It’s actually a different type of focus than drinking cup of Joe with breakfast or eating and then drinking coffee.
The focus will last for a very long time — hours after the coffee has worn off.
Tip: If you want superhuman focus just click here.
Reduces Free Radicals in the body
Essentially, what this means intermittent fasting helps you fight off inflammation in the body (oxidative stress).
If you want to live longer and not damage important molecules like DNAs and proteins…get fasting.
Drawback To Intermittent Fasting
On the side note, the one con I can think off for intermittent fasting is just being able to starve off hunger.
But, if you paid attention I noted that I drank coffee to delay hunger.
So now that you know about intermittent fasting, let’s talk about the other different type of fasting—24 hour fasting.
First, What is 24 Hour Fasting?
24-hour fasting is when you obtain from food for 24 hours. The only exception is you get to drink water to avoid dehydration. So get your H20 handy…and read the potential benefits for going on a 24-hour fasting.
Yeah, you heard me- cholesterol. High cholesterol is responsible for heart attacks and strokes.
Some say to eat oatmeal to lower cholesterol. If you don’t believe fairy-tales, which you shouldn’t, do a 24-hour fast and quickly see your cholesterol lowers.
Again, when I say quickly, I don’t mean from 1 day to another…it does happen overnight.
Note: If you have heart diseases or some other type of cardiovascular condition or any type of medical condition, do consult your doctor before commencing a 24-hour fast.
I touched briefly on metabolism for intermittent fasting. Although, intermittent fasting can improve your metabolism over time, to reset your metabolism much faster; 24 hour fasting is the way to to go.
Remember, improving your metabolism can be the difference between storing fat or actually utilizing the food you eat for energy (similar to intermittent fasting).
I don’t know about you, but I prefer the latter.
What about the cons?
Well, 24 hour fast has a lot of cons. Most notably, hunger-extreme hunger will cause you to feel
- Rapid or slow heartbeat (maybe)
As you can see 24-hour fasting is a very extreme form of fasting. I don’t suggest anyone with a medical condition to try this off the bat. Like I said before, your only allowed to indulge in water.
Tip: Go with intermittent fasting first to ease into fasting. Don’t make the same mistake I did (My stubborn ways went with 24 –hour fasting first, cold turkey style.)
As you see these Different Types of Fasting have their pros and cons, most notably, similarities. It’s just a matter of which is best for your condition, weight, and overall strategy.
My strategy was intermittent fasting. I won’t lie though, I first started with 24-hour fasting at least 1 or twice per week to get the ball rolling (that would be a whole other post in itself, stay tuned for that one).
My final tip is to please don’t be crazy and try to modify the rules, especially with intermittent fasting.
For example, turn intermittent fasting into a 24 hour fast, you already know what some of the cons are in fasting.
Believe me, you don’t want to feel the cons.
What different types of fasting do you use to shed fat quickly? Have you tried intermittent fasting? What are your results with your fasting method?
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