How Long SHOULD You Intermittent Fast For Max Fat Burn? Doctors Have The Answer…
Fasting: it’s not just for monks.
Fasting is the buzzword in the wellness world these days, as health experts sing its praises.
Does it help with weight loss? Prevent diabetes and cardiovascular disease? Improve gut health and digestion?
Experts agree that intermittent fasting could have benefits in all of these areas!
But how should you get started? Choosing a fasting method can be as confusing as choosing a new pair of shoes.
There are so many different kinds of fasts a lady can try—from fasting one day a week, to trying the 16:8 method, to taking a hunger strike until she gets a raise… Wait, forget that last one.TRENDING: Science Reveals Easy, No-Workout Ways to Lose Weight… While You Snooze!
But seriously, when it comes to a good fasting structure—one that will help you with weight loss without making you miserable and hungry all the time—how’s a gal to choose?
What counts as a fast, after all, and how can fasting help you with weight loss?
I mean, I fasted between breakfast and lunch today. That counts, right!?
Well, the short answer is—not quite.
I’ve broken down different methods of intermittent fasting for you, so you can learn the benefits of each and choose what’s best for you.
Fasting Method #1: 12 Hours Minimum
Doctors agree that fasting for less than twelve hours doesn’t really count as fasting.
Of course, it’s fine to eat a snack before bed, and then wake up feeling hungry for breakfast. Some people’s bodies feel best this way, and fasting isn’t for everyone!
But if you want to get the long-term health benefits and weight loss perks of regular fasting, you’ll have to go at least twelve hours each day.
A person with a fast metabolism might be just fine with a 12-hour daily fast.
Fasting Method #2: 14-18 Hours Is The Sweet Spot
For folks hoping to fast-track weight loss, fasting longer than 12 hours, and shooting for 14-18 instead, is ideal, doctors explain.
When your body shifts from digestion to fat-burning, this state is called ketosis.SPECIAL: This Scientific Trick Can Reduce Your Belly Fat By 8.5% in Just 12 Weeks…
This typically happens 12-22 hours after you eat a meal. At this point, you’ve used up all your stores of glycogen (fast energy). Your body turns to burning fat.
That’s probably why the 16:8 formula—eating for eight hours a day and fasting for sixteen—is one of the most popular.
But this method doesn’t work for everyone. Some people find they need a longer fasting window to see results.
Of course, 12-22 hours of fasting is a pretty big range! Depending on the speed of your metabolism, you might see the weight loss benefits of fasting for shorter or longer periods.
If a 16:8 ratio isn’t working for your unique body, try lengthening the period of your fast.
Fasting Method #3: The Real Magic Happens At 24 Hours
Obviously, it’s possible to fast for too long. There’s a big difference between fasting and starving yourself, or indulging in unhealthy, restrictive eating patterns.
Remember, fasting should never be a punishment, and should be a complement to a healthy, rich, and varied diet!
But if you feel positive about fasting and want to try a full 24 hours, you might start to notice some awesome stuff.
At 24 hours, the body enters a process called autophagy.TRENDING: Women Who Eat These 3 Cheeses Are Losing Pounds of Stubborn Belly Fat (Research Proven)
During autophagy, your cells basically clean house. They get rid of unnecessary junk and renew themselves.
Think about how good you feel when you take a box of stuff to the thrift store!
That’s how your cells feel after a fast. Autophagy can prevent disease by reducing inflammation. It can be a great way to boost your health.
But be careful not to overdo it!
If a 24-hour fast works for you, doctors and nutritionists recommend trying it a few times per month, spaced out.
Of course, when you’re not fasting, make sure to eat plenty of healthy, whole foods.
Try this practice for decades, and you could see some impressive weight loss and health benefits.
Fasting Method #4: The Long Haul (36 Hours)
The 36-hour fast is not for the faint of heart. (Nor should it be attempted without assistance from a medical professional.)
If you have any decorations, pets, children, or significant others who in any way resemble food, you probably want to hide them from view the first time you try this fast.
Just kidding. A properly executed fast shouldn’t make you feel hungry enough to sauté your chihuahua or roast your dachshund. But a 36-hour fast is no joke.
What are the benefits?
A 36-hour fast might be helpful to people with type 2 diabetes, according to doctors and other experts. This is likely because of the way fasting effects insulin levels.SPECIAL: What’s REALLY Causing Your Weight Gain, High Blood Pressure & Constant Fatigue (If You’re Over 30 You Need to See This)…
However, a fast of this length should only be undertaken with the help of a doctor. And it probably won’t give you special benefits unless you’re experiencing chronic disease.
There you have it: some fasting options I can’t wait to try out—as soon as I finish this Big Mac.
Just kidding. But seriously, fasting can be a great way to lose weight and improve your health all around.
The most important thing to do, experts say, is to choose a fasting method that works for you for the long-term.
After all, like all the best things in life, the benefits of intermittent fasting may take years to realize. But the effort you put in will likely be worth it!
How To Easily Boost Your Intermittent Fasting Fat Burn Power
The ideal time to intermittent fast is obviously overnight.
So you just need to move dinner up a little bit or skip breakfast, and you’re all set for the day.
However… if you do choose to intermittent fast at night…
They’re really low-effort, and don’t involve working out, so you aren’t going to be running mindlessly on a treadmill without having eaten anything for hours and hours–don’t worry about it!
And one can even be done with the flick of a wrist or pushirpa of a button before bedtime…