Lose Weight Without Dieting

Lose Weight Without Dieting

There are many different diets that have been created over the years. Some are based on solid science and involve controlling macro-nutirents. Others are more esoteric and have little scientific base. Ultimately though, there is only one proven method for weight loss and this is prolonged caloric restriction. Despite the name, this solution doesn’t have to involve dieting at all.

The Truth Behind Dieting

It is an unfortunate truth that the basis of many diets is not science but money. There are a huge number of diet plans that involve buying a particular supplement or following a particular method. The real driving force here tends to be commercial interest rather than finding the best way to lose fat and improve health. So what is the bottom line in dieting? Ultimately, losing weight comes down to calories in versus calories out. Eating less that needed causes the body to burn stored calories, ideally in the form of bodyfat. This is where problems start. Eating less seems to demand continuous undereating which is the unpleasant side of dieting and ultimately tends to be impossible to adhere to.

Cutting Calories Without Dieting

So if the key to losing fat is eating less, how is this possible without dietiing? The simplest solution is to reap the benefits of fasting. One easy solution is to add in a day or two of fasting per week and eat normally the rest of the time. This is actually an ideal solution for many because it allows for normal eating outside of these fasts whilst still eating fewer calories on a weekly basis. How does this work? If a normal day involves eating 3000 calories, a normal week will be 21000 calories. Perhaps a dieter wishes to reduce calories by 300 per day, for a daily total of 2700 or a weekly total of 18900. This will lead to slight fat loss on a week by week basis, although the process will be slow. It also involves changing food choices or making sacrifices on a day to day basis. This is the method most diet solutions propose.

If we add a 24 hour fast into the mix, things become a little different. For example,

  • Monday 3000 calories
  • Tuesday 3000 calories
  • Wednesday 0 calories
  • Thursday 3000 calories
  • Friday 3000 calories
  • Saturday 3000 calories
  • Sunday 3000 calories
  • Total=18000 calories

Suddenly there are only 6 days of eating 3000 calories per day, calories are reduced to only 18000 per week and there is no need to change food choices or restrict food intake on a daily basis.

The Health Advantages of Fasting

Reducing weekly calories is not the only advantage of incorporating a fasting period on a regular basis. Fasting has been shown to produce notable positive effects on a number of health markers. These include:

  1. Increased insulin sensitivity
  2. Increased lipolysis
  3. Increased growth hormone levels
  4. Increased weight loss
  5. No reduction in resting metabolic rate

Clearly, these health benefits make a short fast something to consider, especially given that these benefits are noticeable after as little as 18 hours of fasting. Anecdotally, fasting has been associated with increased mental accuity and productivity. Most people adapt rapidly to the fasting period without any problems as well.

Given the potential health and fat loss benefits of fasting, it is certainly worth trying. Many people find that it becomes a lifestyle choice rather than a short time diet as well. Given that reduced caloric intake is the only proven fat loss strategy that is actually backed up by science, it also makes a refreshing change from the snake oil salesman who push the latest diet fad on those seeking health and fat loss

Categories: Diet, Fitness, Health, Nutrition