Last Updated on December 8, 2022 by Lori Geurin
If you believe effortless weight loss with intermittent fasting sounds like an oxymoron, then you may be surprised. 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 thoughts going through your head, keep reading to find out how weight loss can be this easy.
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But, first, a quick background story…
Like other impressionable girls, I was keenly aware of societal expectations as a teenager. 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.
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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, and 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 pregnancy.
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 gained forty-three pounds in four months. For someone 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 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.
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Why Is Intermittent Fasting One of the Best Ways 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
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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).
When Norepinephrine is released, it breaks down body fat into fatty acids that are burned for energy (2). Also, during fasting periods, insulin decreases significantly (3). This leads to fat burning.
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 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 aerobics with weight training or bodyweight exercises. Stay active, but do something fun!
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I’m not saying counting points or working out every day is wrong 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 my success 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 and intermittent fasting tea 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 want 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.
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 (effortlessly), 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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Have you tried intermittent fasting for weight loss?
14 thoughts on “Intermittent Fasting: The Effortless Way To Lose Weight”
Losing weight is something that a lot of people struggle with. I would love to share this with my friends!
So true, Becca. That would be wonderful, thank you!
It sounds great and it’s actually something us humans would experience naturally in past times as food was scarce and then abundant.
Exactly, Helen! IF is completely natural and dates waay back…like you said!
Just started doing intermittent fasting myself, so found this post very informative. Will take a look through your link posts so I can find out more about it.
Awesome! Please let me know if you have any questions. I’m pretty passionate about the IF lifestyle and am happy to help any way that I can!
I’ve never tried intermittent fasting, and I don’t think it’s for me: I get SO HUNGRY even when I don’t eat for a few hours. I’m glad it works well for you though!
Whew! I hear you, Catherine…I’ve been there, done that for so many years and it’s not fun. I used to feel hungry all. Day. Long.
As counterintuitive as it may seem, intermittent fasting actually reversed this for me and now if I feel hungry I know my body actually NEEDS food. My hunger hormones are finally balanced and I don’t crave sweets and carbs 24/7 like I used to.
I totally get it though. To each his or her own! It’s not for everyone. My best to you! 🙂
These are amazing ideas! Thank you for sharing these ways on how to do intermittent fasting !
Thanks so much, Maggie! I hope they help!
I love the idea of intermittent fasting. I’ll probably be using this approach after my baby makes his appearance. You have some great info here.
Hey, Leslie, Thank you! Congrats on the being an expectant mama – so exciting!
I’m planning on trying it this spring!
That’s awesome, Amanda! I’d love it if you’d check back in and let me know how you’re doing with it. 🙂