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The Beginner’s Guide to Intermittent Fasting

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  • Intermittent fasting can help teach your body to use the food it consumes more efficiently. For many different physiological reasons, fasting can help promote weight loss and muscle building when done properly
  • Intermittent fasting means eating your calories during a specific window of the day, and choosing not to eat food during the rest. By cutting out an entire meal, you are able to eat MORE food during your other meals and still consume a caloric deficit
  • During the “fasted state,” your body doesn’t have a recently consumed meal to use as energy, so it is more likely to pull from the fat stored in your body, rather than the glucose in your blood stream or glycogen in your muscles/liver
  • Although not all calories are created equal, caloric restriction plays a central role in weight loss. When you fast (either for 16 hours per day, or 24 hours every few days), you are also making it easier to restrict your caloric intake over the course of the week

The following article is written by guest columnist Steve Kamb, whose views may not precisely reflect those of my own. To review my recommendations on intermittent fasting (IF), see the recommended reading listing at the bottom of this page.

By Steve Kamb 


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