Did you know that our bodies are natural fat-burning machines? It’s true. But unfortunately, we’ve become dependent on sugar and carbohydrates in food to supply us with energy. Overtime this would cause a build-up of fats and in bad situations could turn into issues like type 2 diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer’s, and heart disease.
The good news is that there is a way out. The natural way that is, to tune your body to burn fat rather than sugars. One of the ways is to drop snacking throughout the day. Instead try intermittent fasting (IF). Digestion takes up a lot of energy and contributes to energy slumps throughout the day. Fasting will help stabilize blood sugar levels and force your body to draw on its own fat reserves for energy rather than being dependent on a constant stream of food.
Once you’re burning fat for energy, you will quickly reap the benefits of stable energy levels, feeling real hunger, dropping body fat, and not being a slave to rising and falling blood sugar levels throughout the day.
Here are some quick tips to help start you up:
1. Choose Your Meal Skip
Decide whether you are going to skip breakfast or dinner, and stick to that decision. It’s crucial that your body gets used to one particular eating pattern. Your choice should depend on whatever will be easiest for your lifestyle.
2. Keep Schedule
Although you’re skipping a meal, you shouldn’t change the time you eat your other two meals in the day. For instance, if you are planning on skipping breakfast but normally eat lunch at 1 p.m. and dinner at 8 p.m., stick to those times.
3. Start Fasting Every Other Day
To begin with, follow your new fasting plan four days per week; you can have one optional snack in between those two meals. Three days per week you will eat three meals and no snacks. As the month progresses you can build up to fasting every day.
4. Don’t cheat!
Consume nothing but water, black tea, or black coffee during your fast. Be strategic with caffeine; hold off on your morning coffee until you really can’t wait anymore, because caffeine can blunt your appetite.
By skipping one meal, you’re getting a 16-hour fast, but the real focus is on eating when you feel hungry. If you keep true to this, then the slight change of focus makes a big difference.