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Intermittent Fasting and Weight Loss To Lose Inches and Pain
Intermittent fasting is not as scary as other opinions out there…”All you need to do is lose weight and your back pain (or knee pain) will go away.”
I’ve lost count of the patients that have come to me saying their medical doctor told them just that.
Most of the time the patient tells me that the bedside manner of their doctor is… let’s say, “In need of a little work.”
I’ve seen statistics that report back pain as the number two reason for visits to a primary care provider. Many primary care providers know as much about helping back pain as I do about performing a prostate exam.
I think that’s one of the reasons they pawn it off on being overweight. I know plenty of people who are overweight who don’t have any back pain, so being overweight can’t be the sole cause of pain.
But… I will agree that being overweight doesn’t help.
Maintaining a healthy weight has a whole host of benefits and should be the pursuit of each of us in order to be at our best. One of my favorite ways to lose weight natrually and in a healthy fashion is through what is called…
INTERMITTENT FASTING AND WEIGHT LOSS
You may not have heard of intermittent fasting and weight loss, so you may not know why it can and should be a part of your workout and fat loss plan. Intermittent fasting is the practice of abstaining from all but water for a period of usually 24 hours to help with the goals associated with fat loss and weight loss in general.
The way in which intermittent fasting helps is by cutting out a full days caloric intake, while still being able to maintain a full workout schedule should you so choose. Let’s look at three main reasons I believe that intermittent fasting is a good idea for anyone serious about getting in shape, losing weight and when incorporated with a wise exercise routine even building muscle!
The primary reason I’m fond of an intermittent fasting and weight loss plan that involves intermittent fasting is that it promotes maximum fat loss. Most people employ these types of fasts two days a week while working out, and this means they are effectively cutting out a full two days caloric intake from their weekly consumption.
Intermittent fasting combined with your workout can and does have a dramatic effect on the pace at which you lose excess fat. By working out while doing these fasts, you are attacking your goals with a two-edged sword, slashing it from both ends of the spectrum.
The second reason that intermittent fasting and weight loss can be a big ‘game changer’ is that it allows you to maintain a moderate to intense exercise scedule while still maintaining your energy and metabolism. Many people think that fasting drains both of these aspects, and while that is true for other, particularly longer fasts, for intermittent fasting the opposite has proven to be the case.
Intermittent Fasting and Weight Loss Can Mean More Energy
You often have more energy and a higher metabolism while engaged in this type of fasting, making it the best of both worlds. Most other fasts are so debilitating that you are left at the end of the day so drained you’re unable to do anything.
Intermittent fasting is not like that at all.
INTERMITTENT FASTING AND WEIGHT LOSS: REASON #3
The third reason why I believe intermittent fasting is a good practice to include in your lifestyle is that it has beneficial aspects to it that are a little less easy to see, but of great benefit all the same. There is a cleansing of your system that takes place with any fast, as your body adjusts to less content being put into it. There are also undeniable psychological benefits, such as a very affirming sense of accomplishment that can help you in many areas of your life. Knowing that you are not a slave to food is a major part of that. Intermittent fasting and weight loss can help you create a new ‘baseline’ to help reset your metabolism.
A vicious cycle ensues for a lot of you because you’re in too much pain to exercise. You gain more weight, which contributes to hurting more, so you exercise less, and so goes the cycle. Maybe one of the most attractive aspects of intermittent fasting to help decrease pain levels is that if you’re in too much pain to exercise you now have a way to stop the vicious cycle. Although athletes and fitness buffs are flocking to intermittent fasting as a way to obtain better results, you can still enjoy the health benefits if you’re unable to exercise.
I’m a firm advocate of intermittent fasting as a way of enhancing your fat loss. There is, in my mind, no faster way of getting maximum fat loss while still being able to handle a full workout load.
Here’s the gist of Intermittent Fasting…
* Stop eating tonight at 6PM
* Drink lots of water all day tomorrow (but no food) until…
* 6PM tomorrow night
* When you do eat dinner… make sure it is a NORMALLY portioned, healthy dinner
There’s more to it if you’re interested. My friend Brad Pilon (on the right) is one of THE top authorities on how exactly to incorporate Intermittent Fasting into your lifestyle. Not just to help with pain but to feel better, look better and live longer.
Here is a link to his program. It’s called, “Eat-Stop-Eat.” It well worth the money!
Intermittent fasting and weight loss should be two things you should think about welcoming into your natural health care regimen.