Does intermittent fasting boost metabolism?

by - April 10, 2019


In this article, we will try our best to answer the question about if Intermittent Fasting can boost metabolism as clearly and articulately as possible.

 Intermittent Fasting is simply the process of abstaining from food for specific periods of time or restricting food intake to little amounts of calories in a day for health benefits, growth of spiritual life and emotional life.

Intermittent Fasting has become very common in recent times due to the discovery of its very many health benefits. People, especially those looking to lose weight, do a lot of intermittent fasting.

Also, people looking at cleaning their body systems also intermittently fast. All people above the age of 18 are eligible to intermittently fast. Most people who go into the practice of intermittent fasting usually want to lose weight.

Now, in answering the questions that led you to this article, "Does intermittent fasting boost metabolism?"

The answer is, Intermittent Fasting does not boost metabolism. At all..

Why?

When your body senses that you are taking in fewer calories than normal, it slows down the rate of metabolism in your body. Your body sees the state of intermittent fasting as a "starving" state, So your resting metabolism rate will drop drastically low- To as low as 20%!
Your resting metabolism is the work your body does while you are sitting or resting.

For example, breathing, pumping of blood and the distribution of blood over the body are all resting metabolic activities. Your body make sure that it burns lesser calories doing these basic functions.
Although, these basic activities don't halt/stop, but your body finds a way to do them efficiently without wasting too much energy.

Also, more research is being done to uncover more about how intermittent fasting affects the body as per metabolic rates.

Intermittent fasting for an extended period of time leads to loss of lean body mass like muscle fat in the arms and legs. If you've been working hard to build muscle mass over time, then you should stay away from "extended" intermittent fasting, that is, fasting that is more than 24 hours.

How to intermittently fast and keep metabolic rates normal?

There are certain types of intermittent fasting that you can do that will keep your rate of metabolism normal.

For example, the 16/8 intermittent fasting approach is a nice pick. In this fasting, you have an eight-hour Eating window and a 16-hour Fasting Window. It helps to maintain the burning of calories rather than slowing it down.

You can also calculate the number of calories your body needs in a day and then not take more than that amount. This way, your metabolic rates will not slow down and your body will work perfectly.

This method makes sure that you eat when necessary and stay away from junk foods. Thereby, reducing the amount of weight that you will gain.

In conclusion, our bodies need normal caloric intake in order to keep metabolic rate normal. When you intermittently fast, metabolism drops because your caloric intake is low.

The key is to fast for short periods of time and then go back to your normal caloric intake.

These articles will tell you What fasting plan best suit you and When it is time to stop fasting.

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