Last Updated on April 13, 2021 by Lori Geurin
If you believe effortless weight loss with intermittent fasting sounds like an oxymoron then you may be surprised. I mean, who has the gumption to claim weight loss can be simple when we all know that’s a big fat lie? Or, is it?
If these are some of the thoughts going through you’re head keep reading to find out how weight loss can possibly be this easy.
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But, first, a quick background story…
When I was a teenager, like other, impressionable girls, I was keenly aware of societal expectations. Though I heard, pretty is as pretty does and beauty comes from the inside, I also observed people in my life preoccupied with appearances, diets and physical attractiveness.
This combined with societal pressures for girls to act and look a certain way places a world of confusion in young minds. As a result, my relationship with food was not always healthy.
Weight Loss Yo-Yo
I’m no stranger to weight loss programs. As a mama to four beautiful, and now grown, babies my body has morphed from being nine months pregnant and round to thin and frail from chronic Lyme disease and everywhere in between more times than I can count.
With each pregnancy I was extremely nauseated, throwing up, unable to keep food down, for the first several months. Needless to say, I always lost weight and did not gain in the first half of my pregnancies.
And each time this would alarm my doctor. As a result, he would tell me to eat more and start putting on weight. This sounded like an impossible task (for the first time in my life!) until the nausea let up towards the latter half of the pregnancies.
Then I would move full speed ahead by following my doctor’s orders.
You can probably see where this is going…
With Drew, our first child, I ended up gaining forty-three pounds in four months. For someone who’s only 5’6″ I felt like I was setting a record.
Then after he was born I was so busy nursing and caring for a newborn that I was able to lose all the weight before we found out we were expecting his little brother, Cooper, fifteen months later.
And, on it went. The weight went up and down with each little bundle of joy. And as our family grew, at times, so did my waistline.
Our children have been the most amazing blessings in my life and I wouldn’t have changed a thing.
Except for the weight loss yoyo.
What Prevents You From Losing Weight?
As you can see, I’ve had my own weight struggles. I can relate to many of the reasons people give for putting off losing weight, including:
- I’m too busy with my job.
- My family needs me.
- There aren’t enough hours in the day.
- I don’t have/want to spend money on a gym membership.
- or (fill in the blank with any other reason)
I understand. The struggle is real.
If I could go back in time, I would have used intermittent fasting (IF) for weight loss.
Why Is Intermittent Fasting The Best Way To Lose Weight?
Based on my experience,
- losing weight is easier with IF (I lost over thirty pounds without even trying.)
- IF cured my reactive hypoglycemia
- it makes life simpler because you have less meal prepping
- IF doesn’t require you to record what you eat
- I can eat the healthy foods I want and not have to cut out entire food groups
- it helps with my concentration and alertness
- IF has helped reduce my inflammation and body pain (symptoms of Chronic Lyme disease)
- it’s improved my short-term memory (another symptom of Lyme)
- I have fewer sugar cravings
I enjoy food as much as the next person. I’m focused on growing healthier and stronger each day and view food as medicine for the body. Intermittent fasting has helped me form a healthy relationship with food and get back in touch with my natural hunger cues.
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So, how exactly does intermittent fasting work?
Intermittent Fasting, Lose Weight The Easy Way
When you are fasting your body has to use its stored fat for energy. This is a good thing and much more effective than simply cutting calories. If you want to lose any excess fat you’re carrying around IF is a great way to do it.
So forget what you’ve heard about eating six meals a day and keep reading.
The Sciencey Stuff About IF
When you’re fasting your body releases two essential fat-burning hormones:
- human growth hormone (HGH)
- Norepinephrine (noradrenaline)
HGH can aid in both fat loss and muscle gains (1).
And more fat burning!
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Simplify Your Life With Intermittent Fasting
When you eat less often you have fewer meals to plan for. You have less grocery shopping to do. Not to mention, you spend less money on groceries because you’re eating less food.
Yes, you still need to make healthy choices. But, because you’re making healthy choices when you do eat, there’s no need for calorie counting or point tracking. And attending meetings with weigh-ins and complicated point systems is not needed.
And that hour-long aerobic workout you’ve done every day for as long as you can remember? Feel free to cut back to two or three days a week for thirty minutes instead.
You might even replace the aerobics with weight training or bodyweight exercises. Stay active, but do something fun!
I’m not saying counting points or working out every day is bad or that you shouldn’t do it. I still keep a food diary in the MyFitnessPal app because it makes me aware of what I’m putting into my body.
Whatever works best for you is what you should do.
I simply want to share the success I’ve had with IF and encourage you to try it for yourself. See what you think. You can approach it as a chance to try something new.
(You may want to learn about clean fasting to improve your fasting results.)
Intermittent Fasting For Weight Loss
Intermittent fasting is a great way to burn extra body fat and lose weight! It’s easy to do compared to many other weight loss plans and has several impressive health benefits.
If you would like to know how to do intermittent fasting for weight loss, check out The Quick Guide To Intermittent Fasting to get you started in no time flat.
If you want to learn more…I wrote an eBook all about my experience with intermittent fasting. This method allowed me to burn fat, lose weight (the effortless way), and be healthy…without feeling hungry. It even cured my hypoglycemia. If you’d like to learn how I accomplished these great results, you’ll want to check out my book HERE!
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