Belly Fat, the annoying monster we all fight with!
Belly fat can be very stubborn to lose. It's especially frustrating for people who have lost large amounts of weight, and just can't seem to get rid of that last bit on the stomach! It's partially because of something called deep fat. Unlike the rest of your body your belly is where the majority of your organs are contained. This means there are areas where fat can grow inward. So that's why it can seem like you aren't losing fat in the belly, but in reality you could be! Down below, I will tell you a little bit about something that definitely could help you along your path to reducing belly fat!
Fasting & Intermittent Fasting, Do they help Belly Fat?
Both styles of fasting can definitely help with a reduction in belly fat. There are two primary reasons that Fasting helps the reduction of belly fat.
The first reason is something called Autophagy. I won't go into too much about it as it is a rather complex process, but I will give some basic information. Autophagy is a biological process that many living organisms have in order to help recycle cellular components that are no longer useful. Within Autophagy there are a few different types, however recent studies have excitingly discovered something called Lipophagy. To help break this down, Lip-O-Phagy is a combination of 3 science terms. The o is merely a connector and has no significant meaning. Lip is short for Lipid, which are fatty acids. Phagy comes from Greek origins, and has developed over a very long time and has essentially come to mean Devouring in medical terminology. So what you essentially have here is Devouring Fatty Acids.
Now you may be asking, 'Well what does this have to do with me, and how does it help me lose belly fat?'. Well, that's a great question, and I plan on answering it for you! Autophagy begins at the point that all Liver Glycogen has been depleted. If you are merely fasting, this can be done at around 12-16 hours. At this point, it is best to begin to do any exercise while you are in this phase. You can maintain this state for prolonged periods of time, however I would not recommend extended fasts without doctor approval and monitoring. (Extended Fast: Longer than 76 hours, my personal opinion.)
The second reason is known as Caloric Restriction. Now, you may be thinking "I've done caloric restriction before, and it's never helped what do you mean!". I know exactly how you feel, when I first found out about Fasting I didn't much understand it either myself. But, as I explored more and more about the lifestyle, it became more and more logical to me.
Think about it this way, you are Fasting for 36 hours. You may not think of fasting as Caloric Restriction, but the truth is if you eat 1200 calories a day and you only eat twice a day that's 600 calories per meal. Let's assume you started today the 6th of July at noon. You had a hearty breakfast of around 800 calories, eggs, bacon, some cottage cheese, some veggies, whatever you like really. Now, you don't eat anything for 24 hours which means you've missed Lunch or Dinner. You're fasting for 36 hours which means you have another 12 hours to go. That would take you to midnight, well you will be asleep at midnight so you end up not eating anything until the next morning at 7 or 8am. In reality you fasted for We'll say 40 hours assuming you woke up at 4am, for all those early risers out there. So in those 40 hours you've missed Dinner on the 6th, and you didn't eat 2 meals at all the next day.
If we do the simple math, normally in a week if you were to hit exactly your 'goal' of 1200 calories every day you would consume 8400 calories. Not accounting for the Base Metabolic Rate of our bodies, this is roughly 2.4lbs Subtract your 3 meals, and you only consume 6600 calories. The math on that comes out to be 1.88lbs. Now obviously with your Base Metabolic Rate added in here, as well as any physical activity you do, you are going to lose that 1.88lbs, and add a deficit. The point is that you have less to lose because you've eaten less calories. If you did this twice a month, that adds up to 12.34lbs that you would essentially not gain over a year because you ate less food through fasting.
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