The Diet That Saves You Money
A diet that saves you money. Wouldn’t that be something?
Diets are nothing new. If you’ve ever been on a diet, you’ve probably spent more money on food then before. Because, well, often, healthy food is more expensive than unhealthy food.
“As long as a deep frozen pizza is cheaper than a salmon / broccoli dish, nothing will change” is an often heard explanation why we’re all fat.
Well, there is a way, a diet form, that actually will save you money. It’s gaining more and more attention, in particular in the ketogenic diet scene because it’s often combined with that type of diet.
What if I tell you, that this diet will not even save you money but has been shown to be one of the most effective ways to lose your overweight fast, would you believe me?
Well believe it or not, the facts tell. This research shown this is a sustainable weight loss of these diets.
What diet I’m taking about? It’s called Intermittent Fasting (or IF in short).
What is it?
IF goes about this principle: it’s not so much what you eat to begin with, but the time frame you eat.
The most used time frame is 18-6. Which means you have a eating window of 6 hours, and after that you don’t eat for another 18 hours. But others also use 16-8 or 20-4.
Why this works? Well, after you eat, your insulin levels go up. And insuline stores the glucose from your blood into cells for energy, and for reserves in your fat cells (around 50/50 so you won’t die in your sleep because you didn’t eat). After about 12 hours your body has very low insulin levels so storing fat isn’t happening anymore. Instead it starts using the fat to create energy, when all the glucose has been used.
So, that means if you keep fasting after these 12 hours, you’ll burn more fat that was stored. In other words, you’ll lose weight.
What about hunger? Aren’t you hungry after or during these 12 hours?
Well that depends. Say, you don’t eat anymore after your evening dinner, and go to sleep, you probably already covered the 12 hour mark.
From there on, it’s only another 6 hours to reach the 18 hours of not eating. That means, don’t have breakfast, and you’re good to go.
“I can’t have no breakfast man!” I hear you. When starting with IF it’s better to build up gradually. Don’t have a late night snack for a week and still have regular breakfast.
Then, postpone your breakfast to an hour later. Then two. Three. Four. Until lunch and breakfast are at the same time.
The thing is, when you’re in fat burning mode, your body has no need for new food. Which means in theory, and in practice, you can fast for hours and hours, days even. I’ve done 60 or 70 hours fasting regularly. That’s over 2,5 days of not eating. Did I had a lack of energy? No. I actually did my regular stuff and played a 3 hours tennis game that day.
But you need to train your body into that.
If you eat a lot of carbohydrates, like pasta, potatoes or bread, it’s going to be harder to make it to these hours because your body is looking for it’s original energy source: sugars (carbs). To have the glucose and the insulin. Your body actually starts making insulin when it expects the type of food.
Now that is why it’s often combined with the ketogenic diet. That is by itself a low-carb eating style, so your body is already on a fat metabolism. And therefore it’s easier to keep doing that when your not eating and it uses the stored fat.
The beauty is, fasting costs nothing. It will actually safe you money for not eating breakfast anymore. So it is effective on more levels than just your health.
Talking about health, IF is also shown to improve your skin, increase your growth hormone (slows down ageing) and can reverse diseases like diabetes (just like the keto diet does). After about 16 hours of fasting there’s also a state called ‘autophagy’ that will clean up your old cells and kind of makes a big cleaning in your body.
Important to know is that when your not eating, your body still needs micro nutrients like vitamins and minerals. So supplementing them is often smart to do, especially the minerals (electrolytes). And it may be said that when your still eating unhealthy, even in the 6 hours window, you may have a deficiency of these crucial vitamins and minerals (not only salt but also things like potassium, magnesium, iron, zink etc.).
Vitamins should come from the food you do eat. Supplementing them is only needed when in very large deficits and for a temporary time. Vitamin pills are often not natural produced so are less effective.
Losing muscle mass?
A question I get a lot is the fear of losing body mass while fasting. Short answer: you won’t as long as you have enough body fat. Yes, your muscles contains also glucose that in the Rory can be used. Even protein can be transferred into glucose. But when you have fat, that’s the first reserve your body is using. Because using your muscles and decrease your strength doesn’t make sense to do, especially when there’s enough fat to burn.
So only when you have a very low body fat percentage and have a low fat diet, that might happen. If you are overweight, no worries.
If you’re looking for an easy way to lose weight, that won’t brake the bank, go for intermittent fasting.
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About the Author
Maurice is the founder of Master Your Personality and originator of the concept of "The 5 Sources of Happiness". He is a certified health and life success coach and he helps people to have a healthier life, more confidence and create the mindset that leads to owning your desired life and get what you want in life.