Breaking the Age Old Myth of Fasting For Weight Loss

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Today I  want to share with you some tips on diets. The golden rule of weight loss asks you to eat fewer calories than you burn. So eliminating calories from your diet for a quicker loss does make sense. However, not eating at all does not. This can be understood better from our metabolism point of view. A slow metabolic process reduces your ability to successfully drop pounds and the best way to boost your metabolism is by eating a healthy, whole-food diet.

Effects of fasting on Metabolism
When you severely limit calories, your body senses this shortage of fuel and slows down its functioning to conserve energy. Instead of boosting your metabolism, you may experience a suppression of your resting metabolism that helps your body to fuel basic functions, such as pumping blood and breathing. These activities don't stop but your body just becomes more efficient and burns fewer calories to do them than it would when adequately fed. This is one of the reasons why, modern age dieticians stress on low-calorie diets and not fasts to often bring about the weight loss results you'd expect.

Effects of fasting on Muscles
Fasting leads to muscle loss. As fasting diminishes the metabolic rate, your body starts to use lean muscle for energy and holds onto fat to sustain you during this perceived starvation. Muscle demands more energy, or calories, to maintain than fat. So when you lose muscle and your metabolism is already slow, your body may also start to use more than just your biceps for fuel. Fewer than 800 calories a day for a long period of time can wreak havoc on the functioning of your heart muscle, warns the National Institute for Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders. Your heart may be reduced in size, which subsequently leads to a slowed pulse, erratic rhythms, dangerously low blood pressure and eventual heart failure.

Effects of Intermittent Fasting
Fasting that involves going days on end with just water or juices can be deleterious to your metabolism and health. But intermittent fasting, which involves carefully planned pauses in eating, may help with weight loss. Options for this type of fast might be a daily 14- to 16-hour fast, fasting for 24 hours once or twice per week, or fasting on alternate days. Much of this fasting time occurs as you sleep. Supporters argue that giving your body extended time between meals encourages it to use your fat stores for energy. Though there is no definite research to show the benefits of intermittent fasting for human metabolic rates and so we are waiting for some.

Efficient Weight Loss
Instead of fasting to lose weight quickly, accept a slower process of weight loss and metabolism boosting that keeps the weight off for the long term. Make a point to not consume less than 1,200 calories daily as a woman or 1,800 as a man, or you could risk nutritional deficiencies, muscle loss and metabolic slowdown similar to the effects of fasting. Increase your physical activity so you can safely trim these calories from your diet. You can even use, metabolism booster supplements containing natural ingredients for an added advantage. To truly boost your metabolism during the weight-loss process, make strength training a regular part of your workout routine.

Now you probably know why crash diets often fail, so stop fasting to fasten your weight loss!

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