We've already talked about HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). Today we'll talk about how adding intermittent fasting to HIIT reworks your fat-to-muscle ratio.
What is intermittent fasting?
Giving your body a break from all the crap you eat.
How do you do it?
Just stop eating for a period of time.
What should I expect during it?
An enlightened experience. You won’t starve. You’ve already eaten so much, leading up to busting out of your pants. You will feel lighter, slimmer, and refreshed because you allowed time for your gut to heal from all the garbage you’ve been shoving in your face.
How long do I fast for? Hours? Days? Weeks? Forever?
There are a few basic ways to do this:
16/8 = 16 hours off, 8 hours of eating.
5/2 = do your normal thing for 3 days, fast for 24 hours, then another 3 days, fast for 24 hours.
Once or twice a week, don’t eat for 24 hours.
Do I do it? What worked for me? My own experience:
For myself, 16/8 work best for me when I also stuck to eating a meal in the first few minutes of my feast time. Then wait for 4 hours to eat again. Then, nothing for another 4 hours, eat once more, finally fast for 16 hours. This is my dietary routine that works best for me. I feel best when I have 4 hours between meals. This time allows my body to digest the food I have eaten. It takes me about 3 to 4 weeks to settle into this mode, but once I do, my digestion and clear mind is at its best. The only time I stray is during the holidays. And I do notice the weight gain and sluggishness. As of now, I am back on my intermittent fasting track and it
Five keys to successful intermittent fasting:
1. Avoid sugars and refined grains.
2. Eat vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats (a plant-based, Mediterranean-style, or keto-focused diet. (Ketopult plan).
3. Let your body’s metabolism work between meals. Don’t snack.
4. Be active throughout your day. Build muscle.
5. Limit the hours of the day when you eat. For best effect, make it earlier in the day: ideally, between 7 am — 3 pm, or even 10 am — 6 pm, but do not eat in the evening before bed.
If your goal is shedding unwanted pounds and reworking your fat-to-muscle ratio, high intensity interval training (HIIT) combined with intermittent fasting works. To effectively boost your body’s fat burning capabilities; together they virtually force your body to shed fat.
HIIT workouts have been shown to burn more calories than traditional workouts, and burns more body fat in less time.
If you'd like to discuss a HIIT workout plan that fits your goals, shoot me an email.