Phase 2: Nutrition
When it comes to the Fatloss phase, there are two main areas to consider in terms of nutrition: the ketogenic diet, and intermittent fasting. We have explored the Keto diet in Phase 1, and now we will take a closer look at its benefits, and how it can work with Intermittent Fasting to help you shed fat fast.
Macros: What You Need To Know
Macros are an important elemet of your plan, and we will be talking about them a lot throughout the programme.
In the simplest terms, “macro” refers to “macronutrient”, and these are three categories of nutrients: proteins, carbohydrates and fats, which you eat the most, and which offer you the most energy.
So when we talk about “counting your macros”, we are referring to counting the grams of proteins, carbs or fat that you are including in each meal.
What Is Intermittent Fasting?
Intermittent fasting has gained huge popularity in the health and wellness industries in recent years, with many advocating reporting positive results in weight loss and overall well being.
As the name suggests, intermittent fasting refers to an eating plan which cycles between periods of eating and fasting. Many of us do this naturally every day – if you eat at dinner time, and then not again until breakfast the next morning, you are technically fasting while you sleep. Intermittent fasting takes this concept and adds a little more structure, typically extending the period of time you are fasting for.
What Are The Benefits?
Fasting is not a new concept; societies and cultures across the world have used fasting practices for thousands of years, often as part of a religious or spiritual experience. It can also offer a huge number of long-term health benefits.
If we do not eat for a while, the processes in our body change. Your body is instructed to intitate cellular repair processes including removal of waste materials, and alters your hormone levels to more easily access the fat stored – this means it is easier to burn,
Blood sugar and insulin levels have been shown to drop, along with human growth hormone – this facilitates fat burning.
Weight loss is also easier when intermittent fasting – the plan makes it easier to restrict calories, and burn more fat. Researchers have also suggested that regular periods of intermittent fasting can extend your lifespan, and protect against illness and disease including Alzheimer’s, Type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
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