Conquer Your Plateau with Intermittent Fasting

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Don’t let a stall get to you!

Plateauing while losing weight is one of the most frustrating things you’ll ever encounter.  Losing weight is already hard enough.  Remaining committed to your goals for a long time, only to watch all progress stop, is even harder.  But don’t give up just yet!  Intermittent fasting can save the day, and your resolve.

 What is intermittent fasting?

Intermittent fasting is a way of eating that incorporates controlled periods of abstaining from food.  This could mean only eating during the day, not eating before a certain time, or eating vastly different calorie amounts on alternating days.  It is not starvation or a specific eating plan, but rather, a form of timing your eating in order to maximize fat burning.  Opting for an 8am – 8pm eating schedule is one of the easiest, since you’ll be asleep through most of the 12-hour fasting period in between.

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How does intermittent fasting work?

Many theories exist as to why intermittent fasting works when all other methods cease (or stall).  But one thing is clear: Fasting improves insulin response.  When you abstain from food for long periods, your body isn’t bombarded with constant blood sugar rises and spikes that come with eating three meals, plus snacks, per day.  As a result, your body becomes better able to pull glucose into your cells.

And according to a study published in the January 2013 issue of Scientific American, old-fashioned calorie-restriction might also make intermittent fasting so effective, since dieters usually end up eating less over time.

Who is intermittent fasting good for?

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Intermittent fasting may help:

  • Dieters who’ve plateaued for longer than three months – It’ll kick-start your metabolism and propel you out of your rut
  • Anyone who gains weight quickly, and easily – Because most likely, there’s an underlying insulin issue here
  • Those who are insulin-resistant – If you crash even after eating proper servings of “good” carbs, this is probably you
  • Those who are hypothyroid
  • Women with hormonal imbalances, such as PCOS

Some research suggests fasting may also help chronic and autoimmune conditions.  But whether this is related to ingesting trigger foods far less frequently, or freeing up digestive energies for the body to regenerate, is unclear.

Who is intermittent fasting NOT good for?

Children and the elderly should not undertake any fast without the consent and supervision of a doctor.  Those who take timed medications, or those taking medications that require food, should work out the details of their fast with a doctor or nutritionist.  Please note: VitaStrength does not advise or endorse starvation.

So if the scale’s not budging, and those inches have stopped peeling off, don’t give up!  Intermittent fasting may be exactly what you need to power through!

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