So many of us have tried different diets in order to lose a few pounds and get that perfect beach body we dream of. But, to our disappointment, these diets does not work. When you step on a scale after couple of weeks being constantly hungry and you realize you have lost only one pound, you will ask yourself: “Is there any way to lose weight at all?”
Of course, there is a trick, and Personal Trainers Dubai is going to reveal which one! With Intermittent Fasting you are going to lose the overweight while not being hungry. Sound impossible? Continue reading and find out our secret!
What is Intermittent Fasting really all about?
Intermittent Fasting means perfectly organizing the periods when you are going to have a meal. The key is going without food for a certain amount of time. Your body simply needs a break from food, no matter how healthy your meals actually are.
During a 24 hour day, you have to stay 16 hours without food. In the rest 8 hours you should have 2 or 3 meals. This means only 2 of 3 meals, without snacks and small bites. If you can make it through with 2 meals, that is even better. There are other, more extreme ways of doing Intermittent Fasting, but we usually recommend this one to our clients.
If you have been struggling with overweight, Intermittent Fasting can help, but it has to be a part of well balanced approach that works with your lifestyle, goals, experience, body type and workouts. We prepare special nutrition plan, with recommended meals and time schedule, so we make sure you can realize your plan as simple as possible.
How and why does it works?
So, if you consult your healthy logic, maybe you percipate things this way: with Intermittent Fasting I am skipping a meal, and that means fewer calories in my body. So, I can keep eating the same number of meals, but only smaller portions, and I will lose the same weight. This, in a way, is true, but there is a catch.
When you eat a meal, your body spends a few hours processing that food. It will burn this, already available energy, rather than the fat you have stored. This is especially true if you are a sugar lover (and who isn’t?), since your body prefers to burn sugar as energy before any other source.
But, in the period of time when your body is not digesting any food, it is going to pull the from the fat stored in your body as the available energy source. And burning fat is what you want at the beginning, right? The meal you eat before training is going to be depleted even further during practise.
What are the benefits of Intermittent Fasting?
There are some additional benefits of Intermittent Fasting, in addition to the obvious one: losing weight. Here are some that are crucial for your health.
- Improves blood sugar – Intermittent Fasting has proven ability to lower insulin resistance and increase metabolism, so it is highly recommended for people with blood sugar problems.
- Increases cognitive functions – studies have shown that Intermittent Fasting can improve degenerative brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
- Helps lowering inflammation in the gut – Intermittent Fasting improves inflammatory gut problems such as IBS, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn’s disease.
- Enhances heart health – Intermittent fasting is thought to lower heart disease risk due to its ability to lower triglycerides and blood pressure and raise beneficial HDL cholesterol.
- Improves autoimmune conditions – A fasting-mimicking diet under 1,000 calories a day for three-day cycles has been shown to improve symptoms associated with autoimmune conditions like multiple sclerosis as well as lupus.
What about the food?
Firstly, try not to eat sugars. Yes, we know that the chocolate cake is almost calling your name, and it is extremely hard not to respond. To fight your sugar cravings, there are some foods we can recommend eating, such as kale and avocado. Actually food with higher levels of potassium. In addition to this, you should also avoid bread, fruits and juices.
Secondly, do not use corn, canola or sunflower oil. The best oil to use when preparing your meals is coconut and grapeseed oil.
Thirdly, you should drink a lot of water and eat as much fresh vegetables as possible. As salad dressings you can use olive oil, lemon and apple cider vinegar.
Finally, here are some examples of meals you can prepare for yourself.
Delicious American pancakes can be an excellent choice for the first meal of a day. Here is how to prepare them so they are as healthy as they are tasty.
- scoop of whey protein,
Mix the ingredients in blender. Then fry in the frying pan, and don’t forget to use coconut oil. It will give special taste to your pancakes. Shape the way you like and enjoy a great meal.
Have you ever tried Grass-Fed Burgers? Easy to prepare, healthy and delicious!
- ½ pound ground grass-fed beef liver,
- ½ pound ground grass-fed beef,
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder,
- ½ teaspoon cumin powder,
- sea salt and pepper to taste,
- coconut or grapeseed oil.
Mix the ingredients in a bowl and form burgers of desired size. Heat the cooking oil and cook the burgers until they are done. Bon appetite!
For dinner, you can eat a meat of your choice. Fish is always a good idea, so we are giving you recipe for tasty salmon and vegetables roasted in coconut oil.
- 1 pound salmon or other fish of choice,
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice,
- 2 tablespoons ghee,
- 4 cloves garlic, finely diced.
And here is how to do it. Mix together lemon juice, ghee and garlic. Place salmon in foil and pour the mixture over the top. Then wrap salmon with the foil and place on a baking sheet. Bake the fish for 15 minutes or until salmon is cooked. Then bake the vegetables, and finally enjoy your perfect nutritious meal!
Are you motivated enough?
At the end, the question is are you ready to commit to yourself and your body and finally smash your fitness goals? The right combination of exercise and nutrition can get you the beach body you always dreamed of. There is no time to wait, the moment is now! Start today, you will feel fitter tomorrow! If you need advice, support and professionally created plan – we are here for you!