Uncover how to use this 1 method of intermittent fasting for weight loss to SKYROCKET your results.
I’ll be perfectly honest with you by saying intermittent fasting can be hard both physically and mentally.
Most people don’t have the willpower to put in the fortitude necessary to endure an entire day of not eating.
But this method is single handedly the most effective way to boost your fat loss results if you’re willing to go through the pain to reap the benefits.
So why is intermittent fasting so crazy effective for losing weight?
It essentially puts your body in a highly efficient fat burning environment as it stimulates the hormones responsible for fat loss while simultaneously inhibiting fat gaining hormones.
Unfortunately, when most people hear of intermittent fasting they immediately take a step back but you have to realize that it’s probably the most natural method of fat loss.
As humans evolved over thousands and thousands of years food wasn’t always so readily available as it is today.
And this meant that there were some days when we just didn’t have food to eat.
So your body would use its fat reserves as fuel until it could find its next meal. Talk about old school fat burning.
Even this study found intermittent fasting to be as effective than calorie restriction dieting (but not by a whole lot).
In this study, 107 young overweight women were separated into two groups. One group reduced their caloric intake by 25% while the other group used a 5:2 intermittent fasting method of 5 days of regular eating followed by 2 days of eating only 25% of their daily calories.
The key with the above study is the intermittent fasting group was found to have a better improvement in insulin sensitivity than the calorie restriction group.
Insulin resistance is a huge factor driving weight gain and obesity so the higher sensitivity your body has to insulin the better.
The secret with intermittent fasting for our purposes is to strategically use it to skyrocket our metabolism so you maximize fat loss while keeping your lean muscle.
And Here’s How You Do Intermittent Fasting For Weight Loss
First you’ll need to pick up some Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA’s) which will prevent the breakdown and catabolism of muscle (muscle loss).
BCAA’s are essentially the building blocks of protein and I like to think of them as the “best parts” of protein.
The day prior to fasting you’re going to have a Cheat Day. The Cheat Day entitles you to eating just about anything you want until 8pm at night. I don’t like to make any rules on Cheat Day, but once the clock strikes 8pm you’re immediately in fasting mode.
For the next 24 hours you’re going to put yourself into intermittent fasting mode where you won’t be eating anything.
This means you’re going to go to sleep and when you wake up the next morning you can only drink water, black coffee or steeped green tea.
Anything as long as it’s zero calories, but you’re definitely not allowed to have anything with caloric content.
Some purest believe you shouldn’t even drink black coffee or tea because the caffeine still metabolized in your body. But I still think you’ll get the bulk of the benefits if you drink it.
It’ll also be way easier to get through the day without eating if you’re allowed to have some coffee and tea.
The reason we have a Cheat Day prior to the Fasting Day is simply because the massive influx of calories will elevate the leptin hormone in your body.
This essentially tells your body to start burning fat immediately.
You’re also going to take in your BCAA’s too on your fasting day.
To calculate how much you should be using take your body weight in pounds and multiple it by 0.3. Then divide this number by 6 and that’s how much you should take throughout the day in 6 separate “feedings.”
So I weigh around 200 lbs. that means I would take in 10g of BCAA’s over 6 doses throughout the day equaling to 60g total.
Once 8pm hits the next day you’re allowed to have a meal very low in carbohydrates. I usually eat some BBQ chicken with guacamole.
Like I said earlier intermittent fasting isn’t for the weak at heart but if you’re up for it get ready to experience some extreme fat loss results.
The 4:3 Method of Fasting
An easy way to use the 24 hour fasting protocol is to divide the week up with 4 days of eating with 3 non-consecutive days of fasting.
I’ve found this to be the most effective strategy to using the 24 hour fasts when I need to take things to another level while keeping consistency.
Here’s a weekly breakdown of the 4:3 fasting week:
- Monday: Fast
- Tuesday: Eat
- Wednesday: Fast
- Thursday: Eat
- Friday: Fast
- Saturday: Eat
- Sunday: Eat (I like to have a Cheat Day on Sundays)
You can of course change this schedule for what works best for you, but I’ve found for myself, friends and clients it’s the best.
This will allow you to still eat on the weekends, which can be hardest while fasting because we’re usually hanging out with friends and family at social gatherings.
Nothing worse than having to turn down somebody’s home cooking because you’re fasting that day.
Saturday’s I don’t go crazy pigging out, but when Sunday comes around I’ll usually end up splurging a little bit on my diet.
This not only helps to refuel my body but it’ll also cause my leptin levels to go back up.
Leptin signals for your body to burn more fat. Leptin levels can go down from fasting and restricting calories so it’ll be important to strategically raise them back up.
Having a small Cheat Day here and there will also keep you sane while using intermittent fasting. Taking away all “cheat foods” is going to be hard on anybody.
That’s why I like to have a guilt-free day when I can eat all the pizza and double bacon cheeseburgers I want.
Allowing yourself one day to go all-out will allow you to satisfy your cravings while boosting your motivation for the next fast.
Keep in mind that just because this will work for some people doesn’t mean it’ll work for everybody.
This study by The Journal of the American Medical Association found alternate day fasting to not by any superior to calorie restriction. Of course, this is just one study with many different involved factors while there are also numerous other studies proving the benefits of intermittent fasting.
The key is finding something that works for you and sticking with it.
I know so many people who have tried a calorie restriction diet and dropped out shortly after because it was too hard for them.
Meanwhile those who have tried various forms of intermittent fasting have found it works very well for them, and therefore they’ve lost significant weight with it.
If alternate day fasting is too much for you then keep reading for my personal favorite the 16/8 method of intermittent fasting.
How Does Intermittent Fasting Work?
The problem with most diet plans is they’re way too complicated to follow so people just don’t end up doing them long term.
Finding something that works for you can be the hardest part of dieting.
The awesome thing about intermittent fasting is it’s about as simple as it gets when it comes to dieting for weight loss.
Most people who try to cut calories end up binge eating after a short amount of time because the “hunger pains” of constantly not being able to eat is too harsh.
Intermittent fasting solves this dilemma by only cutting out food for a limited amount of time before allowing your body to eat again without the severe restriction.
If you’re pregnant, breastfeeding or diabetic then I wouldn’t recommend intermittent fasting without the approval of your doctor as you could be at higher risk for the negative effects of it.
When you have too much excess fat it’s essentially your body’s way of storing extra calories for later use.
Unfortunately for us this also makes our bodies less attractive.
When you’re fasting your insulin levels will lower dramatically. With these lower levels of insulin your body will effectively go into fat burning mode.
Your Human Growth Hormone (HGH) levels also naturally go up while fasting promoting more fat loss and muscle gains.
Another hormonal response in your body while fasting is your nervous system sending norepinephrine to your fat cells making them break down fat to be burned off as energy.
Even though eating more frequent smaller meals throughout the day can help you lose weight it doesn’t mean it’s the only way.
Paradoxically skipping meals with intermittent fasting will help you burn fat too.
Since you won’t be eating for an extended period of time you can expect to consume less calories than you would normally.
This means you’ll lose weight naturally without having to focus on cutting calories from your overall diet.
You can also expect to keep your hard earned muscle. This study found those who used intermittent fasting to lose weight had significantly less muscle loss than those who used a calorie restriction diet.
Can You Workout While On A Intermittent Fasting For Weight Loss Plan?
First let’s dig into what kind of workouts that will maximally enhance the fat loss process on your fasting day.
Because of your massive decrease in calories it’s probably going to leave you without much energy. If you’re willing to take things to the next level then these workouts will do the trick.
In the morning A.M. I would recommend a Metabolic Resistance Training (MRT) workout such as the Spartan Ab Workout and then if possible you should try to get in another High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workout later in the P.M.
These workouts are unquestionable tough, but I can promise you they will effectively enhance your fat loss in addition to the Fasting Day.
I personally only prefer to do a Fasting Day once per week combined with carb cycling throughout the rest of the week.
For my goals I don’t think it’s necessary to fast more than once a week, but if you have some serious fat to lose than adding in additional fasting days can work too.
Just make sure you don’t go too hard too fast otherwise you’ll burn yourself out.
Even though intermittent fasting will get you some insane results it’ll be best to keep doing it long term to stay belly fat free forever.
I would max out with 3 Fasting Days per week by making sure you have a break day in between so you can consume some actual food.
I also recommend picking up some high quality Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA) for your fasting day. They will prevent the breakdown of your muscle during your fast.
As we all know muscle is going to be important not only for toning the body but also to keep your metabolisms high.
Plus it’ll be way easier to get through the “hunger pains” that come with intermittent fasting. I’ve seen people who have fasted for the first time end up grumpy as hell. Haha
Another Way To Use Intermittent Fasting for Weight Loss
I’m also a big of the 16/8 intermittent fasting ratio for fat loss.
So for this method of intermittent fasting you would fast for 16 hours then go through an 8 hour feeding window.
I typically prefer to eat my last meal at 8pm then go directly into the fasting period. Then at noon the next day I’m allowed to eat again.
I try to time my workouts right before noon to maximize the feeding window so I can eat a slightly heavier carbohydrate meal.
Eat a larger carbohydrate meal after a workout will put some of those carbs into your muscle to enhance recovery and muscle building.
I’ve also found some people are better off using this method of intermittent fasting because it’s more sustainable than 24 hours fasts.
I’ll use the 16/8 method most of the time throughout the year for this very reason. Whenever I’m looking to step up my game I’ll start using more of the 24 hour fasts.
With the 16/8 intermittent fasting schedule you’re essentially just skipping breakfast. I like to use this time to really focus on work and get things done. There’s something about being hungry that can really push you to do your best work.
This study found the 16/8 method of intermittent fasting to be effective for fat loss while maintaining muscle.
The participants in this 8-week study were males in their 20’s and 30’s with at least 5 years of experience weight lifting.
Even though both groups ate similar caloric and macronutrient content the group using the 16/8 intermittent fasting method lost an average of 3.5 pounds compared to the control group that didn’t lose any.
The researchers concluded the reason why the intermittent fasting group lost more fat was due to hormonal releases in the body causing your metabolism to burn more calories.
You could say on its most basic level intermittent fasting “tricks” your body into thinking it’s dieting leading to extra fat burning.
This is awesome news for accelerating and enhancing your fat loss.
How Much Weight Can You Lose With Intermittent Fasting
The 8-week study I mentioned above had the participants lose an average of 3.5 pounds over 2 months, but you have to keep in mind these young guys probably didn’t have much fat to lose in the first place.
They were young and have a long history with weight lifting so the odds they were overweight is not likely.
For the rest of us average Joe’s you can expect the weight you’re going to lose to be much higher. For ever week you use intermittent fasting for weight loss you can expect to lose 2-3 pounds per week as long as your eating clean the rest of the time.
Depending on how well you stick to your diet, training program and the fasting protocols you could easily expect to lose more weight up to as much as 20 pounds a month.
Intermittent fasting isn’t going to be very effective if the rest of the time you’re still eating bad.
The same rules apply to your diet…
- eat a high protein diet
- kick out the sugars and processed carbs
- get most of your carbs from green vegetables
You’ll also have to keep your caloric intake under control, but you shouldn’t have to go so far as to keep a log for every meal you’re eating.
I just eat until I feel slightly full then I’ll stop and weight 10-15 minutes before eating anymore. It takes this long for your brain to register it’s full from the food you just ate.
It’s important to make sure you’re supplementing with BCAA’s to prevent muscle loss while you’re fasting. Muscle will break down quickly otherwise.
Muscle isn’t only important for your strength but it will give you the toned and attractive appearance. We’ve all seen people who are “skinny fat” where they appear to be thin but in reality their body is the composition of cottage cheese.
Using intermittent fasting to lose weight is a smart strategy to use to hack away extra fat you want off your body quickly.
The only problem is some people can’t handle not eating for 16 to 24 hours at a time.
I’ve found drinking a lot of water, black coffee, green tea and BCAA’s will help get you through it so you can come out leaner and thinner on the other side.
But to be 100% honest nothing works as effectively as the fasting method below…
Intermittent Fasting for Weight Loss Guide
If you’re ready to take your fat loss to another level then I’d go with the EAT STOP EAT diet by Brad Pilon and Adam Steer.
I’ve gone through it multiple times and every single time I drop more and more fat.
They’ve really fine tuned the intermittent fasting process so you can fully optimize its fat burning potential.
There are wrong ways and right ways to go about using intermittent fasting for weight loss so it’s a good idea to make sure you have an expert to show you how to do it properly step-by-step.
I’ve never really seen people make such progress with losing weight in such a short amount of time as they do with intermittent fasting.
Let me know if there’s anything else I can help you out on intermittent fasting for weight loss by leaving a comment below.