Intermittent Fasting for Weight Loss?
We all know how important it is to eat, especially athletes! Athletes eat consistently to keep a high performance, but are some athletes eating too much? A lot of people get into the mentality of, “I have to keep eating or I’ll lose all my gains.” This actually isn’t true. It’s all about timing. It doesn’t matter if you are trying to use intermittent fasting for weight loss or to gain weight; they are both beneficial!
How Intermittent Fasting Works
When you fast, insulin levels drop and human growth hormone increases. Your cells also initiate important cellular repair processes and change which genes they express. This means that you will have a significant drop in belly fat, while being in a muscle growth phase. It’s kind of odd.
This fasting period increases your metabolic rate. What does that actually mean? I’ll keep it simple by saying that it increases the amount of calories you burn.
- SAMPLE FASTING DIET
- 10 P.M. to 12 P.M. (FASTING) 1 P.M. to 9 P.M. (EATING)
Studies have shown that it is most effective to fast the first 4-6 hours of your morning, so plan around the time you wake up, then wait 4-6 hours before your first meal of the day.
Benefits of Intermittent Fasting
It has the ability to reduce oxidation damage and inflammation within the body. This will eliminate stress and decrease the aging process.
It can lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Intermittent fasting may have important benefits for brain health. It may increase growth of new neurons and protect the brain from damage. Brain health is so important, because it is the central point of our whole body. Brain power is body power.
With the brain health being states, it can help prevent neuro degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease.
Ultimately, it results in a longer and healthier life! Athletes that live a longer and healthier life have longer athletic careers!!!
Yes, I know the title states “intermittent fasting for weight loss.” That is not the point though, although it is what most people are interested in. It helps performance and recovery, which is essential for any and all athletes. Athletes are becoming so dependent on these supplements that can actually do more harm than good. It is okay to use supplements, but only if you know how to use them. They are a good boost when you have your essential nutrition in place.
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