Intermittent fasting is currently one of the world’s most popular health and fitness trends. It is an eating pattern where you cycle between periods of eating and fasting. People are using it to lose weight, improve their health and simplify their life. Intermittent fasting allows a person to better fit a diet into their lifestyle and stick to that diet. Studies have shown that intermittent fasting have powerful effects on the body and brain and that it can help you live longer.
It is a great tool for getting strong and lean without changing your diet. Most people already fast every day, while they sleep. Intermittent fasting can be as simple as extending that fast a little longer. The most popular fasting method is the 16/8. The 16/8 method involves fasting every day for 14–16 hours and restricting your daily eating window to 8–10 hours.
This cycle can be repeated as frequently as you like, from just once or twice per week to every day, depending on your personal preference.
16/8 intermittent fasting has been associated with a long list of benefits, including:
- Increased weight loss
- Enhanced longevity
- Can reduce insulin resistance
- Reduce stress and inflammation in the body
- Beneficial for the heart
- Good for you brain
At its very core, intermittent fasting simply allows the body to use its stored energy, by burning off excess body fat. Body fat is merely food energy that has been stored away. If you don’t eat, your body will simply burn its own fat for energy. The body only exists in two states ,the fed state and the fasted state. Either we are storing food energy, increasing stores or we are burning stored energy, decreasing stores.
Fasting actually puts your body into a state of ketosis so many people follow a keto diet to keep their body in ketosis and increase their weight loss efforts. Once you are in the state of ketosis, your body will produce ketones to dispose of the fat in your diet as well as your body for energy. This will allow your body to still take in the protein your body needs to maintain, repair or build muscle without sacrificing that fat burning benefits of the diet and the fast. One of the challenges in following a Ketogenic or Keto diet is knowing exactly when you are in ketosis. NPL Ketone Zone Test Strips remove the guess work with easy to use strips which measure the amount of ketones in your urine.
If you get enough protein in your feeding period, fasting for 16 hours does not appear to be detrimental to your muscles, compared to a normal diet. Taking dietary supplements during your fasting period is not necessary. However, NPL Platinum Whey and NPL creatine supplements may support muscle mass. These can be taken during the feeding periods of your intermittent fasting diet.
Intermittent fasting probably does not cause more muscle loss than other weight loss diets. Nevertheless, adding weight training to your intermittent fasting program can help you maintain muscle.