Can You Lose Weight With Intermittent Fasting?
Updated: May 27, 2020
Intermittent Fasting has probably been blowing up your news and social media feed as the "cure-all" for weight loss and wellness woes. But is it ACTUALLY living up to the hype?
Today, I'm breaking down the details of whether or not Intermittent Fasting ACTUALLY helps you lose weight.
But First... What IS Intermittent Fasting?
Intermittent Fasting is a deceivingly simple protocol. In essence, it boils down to having a period of time during the day that you eat and a time that you fast. The time you choose can vary depending on your schedule and goals, however the most common time frame is 16 hours fasted, 8 hour eating window.
How you fast is also a variable. Some people choose to only use water during their fasted period. This is a more traditional approach to "fasting". Others will use black coffee, unsweetened tea or even Keto Coffee during their fast. With this alternative approach, the focus on the fast is to reduce the insulin response in order to tap into fat burning mechanisms. You will also receive these same benefits by simply having water during your fasted state, but Keto Coffee is a great alternative, especially for those who are new to Intermittent Fasting. You can learn more about the details of how Keto Coffee does not break your fast HERE.
How Does Intermittent Fasting Work?
Naturally, when you are fasted in the morning after sleeping, your body has lower levels of the fat storing hormone insulin. When insulin is low, this allows fatty acids inside your fat cells to be released and used as an energy source (in other words, fat burning is turned on). By extending this time frame with your fasting period, it allows you to be in this fat burning state longer.
This is just one of the many mechanisms within the body that happen when you use Intermittent Fasting. You also can reap the benefits of increased growth hormone (a fat burning and muscle repair hormone), boosted testosterone (similar perks as growth hormone) and improved insulin sensitivity. These will compound to improve your fat burning benefits. If you're interested in learning ALL the science-y deets of how Intermittent Fasting works, you can check out my free video workshop on Intermittent Fasting HERE.
How Much Weight Can You Lose With Intermittent Fasting?
This can depend on a variety of factors:
-how much weight you have to lose
-how insulin resistant your cells currently are
-what food you are eating during your eating window
The last point is one of the most important when it comes to weight loss. Intermittent Fasting is a fantastic tool, but it isn't a magic protocol. You still need to address your food and ensure that it is not causing a massive spike in your storing hormone insulin either. Utilizing Nutrient Timing is one of the tools paired with Intermittent Fasting that the AENpeeps use to achieve their wellness goals. You can learn more about how to implement this combination, step-by-step with the Complete Intermittent Fasting Bundle.
And something to take note of - the calories you consume is NOT listed in one of the factors that will determine your weight loss above. The TYPE of food you consume has a much larger impact than the AMOUNT you consume when it comes to whether or not your body will be storing fat or burning it.
AEN peeps have reported zero bloating after just 24 hours of the Program. After just 2-3 days, they have also reported significantly improved sleep and increased energy levels. After 1 week, reduced sugar cravings and more regular bowel movements. Weight loss results also vary, but AEN peeps have reported a range of 1-5 pounds of weight loss within just the first week of The 21 Day Intermittent Fasting Program.