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Fasting periods can last anywhere from 12 hours to a few days, although we recommend you start at the lower end of that spectrum. One of the easiest times to implement the fasting period is while you are sleeping since that will cover about 8 hours of the fast. Once you wake up, rather than consume a large breakfast like you usually do just skip it and continue to let your body fast for a few hours. If possible, do your cardio during this time since your low blood sugar levels will mean you are more likely to burn fat as fuel.
HOW INTERMITTENT FASTING MAKES YOU SHREDDED
It Increases the Fat Burning Hormones
As we have mentioned in other articles, growth hormone is very important when it comes to burning fat. Most people don’t realize that fasting actually causes your body to increase the amount of GH your body produces. Therefore by extending your fasting past breakfast you are increasing the GH levels in your body thereby boosting your metabolism. (Read all about Growth Hormone and how you can supplement your GH levels here) Additionally, when you first wake up in the morning your insulin levels are at very low levels meaning your body is more likely to burn fat rather than store it. When you consume your breakfast in the morning you are actually boosting your insulin levels back up. If, instead, you extend your fasting period into the morning then you get to take advantage of your body’s natural fat-burning state.
BOOST IN FAT BURNING ENZYMES
There are a number of fat burning enzymes in your body that are crucial to getting you to slim down. Intermittent fasting has been shown to boost two of the most powerful enzymes! Hormone Sensitive Lipase or HSL is responsible for getting your fat cells to release their fat content which can then be used as energy. Muscle Lipoprotein Lipase or LPL on the other hand gets your muscle cells to take in fat so they can be used as fuel. By boosting both of these enzymes, IF will have your body burning more fat than usual.
BURN MORE CALORIES
As you know, the more calories you burn, the more fat you will be able to burn. This is why cranking up your metabolism is so important. Intermittent fasting actually boosts your metabolism so you will be burning more calories throughout the day.
USING FAT AS FUEL RATHER THAN SUGAR (CARBS)
In a regular diet, your body will use the carbs it consumes as energy. Whatever it doesn’t need it will store as fat for later. However, when you are intermittent fasting, your body is forced to burn body fat because the blood sugar levels in your body are empty. This is one of the reasons people recommend doing cardio on an empty stomach or after fasting – you will be burning up fat as fuel rather than carbs.