How much weight can I lose during Intermittent Fasting?

by - March 29, 2019

The basic idea behind losing weight whilst embarking on Intermittent fasting  (IF) is that when you’re fasting, your body will be forced to use its stored body fat for energy.

This stored fat are burning off as you go about your daily activities and are not being replenished for long hours, so this begins to tell on the body and it translates as weight loss. This means that you won’t just be thinner but will also look better and be much healthier. (Yay right?)

Another great weight loss Benefits of Intermittent Fasting  is that hunger pangs and cravings that may normally plague you throughout the day will be reduced, if not altogether eliminated.

This is probably due to its ability to balance your insulin and blood sugar levels and, in turn help correct other hormonal imbalances.

Hence, those drinks and that snack that you would normally love to have else lose concentration while working will be a thing of the past, and you will be bidding goodbye to their resulting calories on a daily basis.

So, how much weight do you “actually” lose during intermittent fasting?

The amount of weight you lose with fasting is determined by some factors, which includes:

1. Current weight

Your current weight is a huge factor in determining how much weight you are going to lose when you undertake, not only fasting, but any other weight loss scheme or program.

People who have less weight to burn have been proven to lose weight faster than those who are overweight and so have more fat.

2. How often and long your fasts are

The more often you fast, the more chances your body has to burn already stored up fat for energy.

The longer periods for which you fast, the longer time your body spends using what you already have to drive itself. The mathematics is simple; more fasting equals more results.

3. What you eat during your feeding period

Say you fast 16 hours and lose 100 calories in that time, you are feeling lighter and are celebrating the fit-fam future you already see. Then it’s time to eat and you go for all the calorie-heavy meals  you greatly missed during the period of fasting and gorge yourself till your waistline begins to groan again, after all you fasted and lost some right? Wrong!

If you lost 100 calories and the total number of calories contained in your meal is 350, then you have lost nothing and instead gained another 250 that you’ll spend the next few days burning because calorie-heavy meals do not burn quickly.

That said, what you eat during your feeding period is really important  because it is what determines whether or not all the hard work you’re putting in gets to pay off or not.

4. Exercise

Exercising during your fasting period, while is not compulsory, is useful and aids in getting the best results. When you fast and also involve some exercise at the same time, your body is made to burn even more fat than it would have while fasting alone.

Exercises are a proven way to lose weight and when combined with a program as effective as intermittent fasting, it becomes a sure fire way to lose a great amount of weight at the best possible speed rate.

So the question of how much weight one can really lose when embarking on an intermittent fast is determined by the individual and how much discipline and work they are willing to put in.

Few tips to achieving faster results while fasting will be to eat calorie restricted meals, watch overall calorie intake and engage in frequent exercise as you fast.

If you have not seen the post on How you can lose weight during IF then you should.

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