Fasting Makes You Fat
Believe it or not but the best way to speed up your metabolism is to eat. When you put the right food into your body you ignite the thermogenic process of digestion.
The more times you eat during the day the more opportunities you have to be successful. This is why fasting or just eating two times a day is a death blow to your fat loss efforts.
The fastest way to slow down your metabolism is to do a fast.
Think of your metabolism like camp fire that will burn hotter as long as you consistently add moderate amounts of sticks onto it.
But go ahead and drop a hefty log onto a camp fire and it will dang near smother it to death.
Same thing happens when you stuff your belly full of one of those gargantuan sized meals you get to feast on twice per day. Your metabolism sputters down to the pace of a garden snail.
Another benefit of eating frequent meals is that it keeps your blood sugar levels stable.
When you go 6-8 hour bouts with out food your blood sugar levels plummet like a sack of potatoes. This is a no no for anyone who is trying to burn body fat and practice healthy eating.
Rock bottom blood sugar levels can lead to binge meals which in turn result in sky high blood sugar levels which light up the pleasure centers of the brain like a Christmas tree. This is a big drawl for eaters who use food to fill the void in other areas of their life.
Frequent balanced eating results in balanced blood sugar levels. Avoiding a dip or a spike in your blood sugar levels is a key component to successful eating and healthy sustainable fat loss.
Fear of Food
The battle cry I always hear from emotional dieters defending their viscous cycle of fasting followed by a binge meal, wash- rinse- repeat is always the same.
“I hated eating those bite sized morsels for 6 meals a day, they just didn’t fill me up!”
Why the heck were you eating mousey sized morsels?
Wait don’t answer that.
Let me guess, you were afraid if you added an couple extra ounces of chicken or sweet taters that you’d get fat?
I’m right aren’t I?
Newsflash! If your tummy was still grumbling after a meal then you weren’t eating enough in the first place.
The problem is that many women who are emotional eaters and struggle with habitual binging have an immediate romance with intermittent fasting because of the jumbo sized meals it provides.
Let me explain.
Emotional eaters and sugar bingers live for the endorphin rush they get from food.
Now what do you think happens when they gobble up a landslide of macros at one of their double-day feeding times?
The chemical high from all those kcals will light up the pleasure centers of their brain like a Vegas slot machine winning the jackpot!
Intermittent Fasting with Flexible Dieting
A nifty little loophole that’s a favorite of folks trying to suppress their eating disorder is to use the flexible dieting as a loophole to sneak in their cookie fix into one of their massive meals.
Look fruit pop, if you still rely on a cookie to help you maneuver yourself through the day then there are bigger underlying issues that need tending to.
If you rely on a couple cookies per day as a crutch to quell your emotions then what’s going to happen when a loved one gets cancer, when your hubby gets deployed half a world away, or when you pet dies?
I’ll tell you exactly what will happen.
Those couple cookies ain’t gonna be able to do the job.
Now you’ll need an entire box.
And you just found the very loophole you were looking for.
You get to have you cake and eat it too. Literally.
You get to lump the kcal equivalent of three meals all into one.
One of the psychological longings of eating disorder victims is emotional fulfillment and the overwhelming sensation of the deep dive satisfaction from going from a state of fasting deprivation to high-sugar satiety by delivering a highly addictive experience without any of the guilt of a traditional binge.
Instead of seeing a shrink and sorting out their daddy issues they use this pernicious cycle as “maintenance” for day to day function.
Frequent Meals for Fat Loss
Remember, food is the most important tool in the fat loss game.
However it can be your greatest friend or foe, it all depends on knowing the correct way to use it.
Too many people try to make food the problem in the diet game and they think the fewer meal times they have the easier it will be.
When you embark on the journey of fasting your body thinks there’s a drought or famine and instinctual survival mechanisms in your brain immediately tell your body to hoard to all available body fat for dear life.
The last thing you want is to set of a false alarm by flicking your body’s fat storage survival switch. And you prevent this by eating eating every 3-4 hours during the day.
Food isn’t the problem, it’s the only solution.
So eat it.
And eat it often.