There are tons of reasons you don't want to be overweight. For me, the most important is that extra weight makes you slow and sluggish. High-value value men need to be nimble and full of energy and enthusiasm.
There are a few myths about losing weight that you need to know. Exercise will not make you lighter - in fact, it might even make you heavier. When you train, you turn fat into muscle. Muscle is more dense than fat and it weighs more. Also, the more you exercise, the hungrier you get and often you replace more than you burn. The only way you can shed weight is through diet.
The maths is simple- you need to burn more calories than you consume. Intermittent fasting is one way to turn your body into a calory-burning ninja. This is how it works.
Your body has two sources of energy - sugar (also known as glycogen) and fat. Sugar is your body's default energy source. It burns quickly. If you are feeling low in energy, you going to hit a chocolate bar - not a t-bone steak. When you are eating, your body is feeding. When you are not eating, you are fasting. Let's say you have dinner at 8 pm. Assume you wake up at 8 am - your body has now fasted for 12 hours. If you eat something, you break the fast - hence the term "breakfast". After 12 hours of fasting, your body has burned through all your sugar reserves and therefore kicks into fat-burning mode. Burning fat is good. The longer you can stay in this fat-burning state, the more fat your burn. Intermittent fasting suggests you fast for between 16 and 20 hours - between 4 and 8 hours of fat burning.
For me this many benefits. It makes me feel more nimble physically and mentally. I also find it helps me lose weight in the medium term.
I aim for the 16-hour6 pm fast. I try to have dinner at 6pm which means I need to power through to 10 am the next day. When I wake up in the morning, I hit a couple of black coffees without any sugar. That keeps my body in a fasted state. You can also have unsweetened tea - you need to stay away from the sugar. I also exercise in a fasted state - this means that my body is burning fat during exercise which increases the rate of burn.
The first thing people say when I tell them about intermittent fasting is - isn't breakfast the most important meal of the day. Do you know who invented that phrase - the founder of Kellogg's because he wanted to sell you his sugar-coated cereal. You are not going to pass out if you skip breakfast but you need to approach this smartly. It will take your body and mind a while to adjust.
Here are two hints to get you through the 16-20 hours:
1) drink lots of water.
2) get a good 8 hours of sleep.
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