When my friend told me she was using intermittent fasting to lose weight before her wedding, I was a little skeptical.
I mean, how could you not be hungry all the time if you weren’t eating?
But she swore by it and said that she wasn’t even really that hungry most of the time.
She started out by doing an eight-hour fast every day, and then gradually worked up to a 16-hour fast.
In just two months, she lost 15 pounds!
She looked amazing at her wedding, and she told me that she loved intermittent fasting because it was so easy to stick to.
So I decided to try it, and guess what? I LOVED it. Why? Because it was SO easy.
I didn’t have to think about what I was going to eat, I could just not eat for a certain period of time and that was that.
It was really freeing, and I ended up losing 10 pounds in six weeks without even really trying that hard.
If you’re looking for a way to lose weight before your wedding that is actually doable, I highly recommend intermittent fasting!
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Amazing results, and enjoyed the process!
So, I’d say yes, intermittent fasting is good to lose weight before your wedding.
What more could you ask for?
Now, I’m not saying intermittent fasting is for everyone.
But, from the results many of our clients have gotten, I’d say it works pretty damn well.
Another thing I’d like to point out is there’s nothing really magical about intermittent fasting.
A calorie deficit is the key to weight loss, and for many people, intermittent fasting is a great vehicle to create your caloric deficit.
Can you lose just as much weight with other diet plans?
Absolutely! As long as you’re creating the calorie deficit, you’re going to lose weight.
Below, I’m going to share why I think intermittent fasting is a great way to lose weight- especially if you’ve got your wedding coming up and not much time to waste.
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Why intermittent fasting is a good way to lose weight for your wedding
Intermittent fasting is all the rage these days.
But what exactly is it, and how does it help you create a calorie deficit?
Well, intermittent fasting is basically just a fancy term for skipping meals.
You might think that sounds like a terrible idea, but hear me out.
By skipping meals, you’re essentially forcing your body to burn stored fat for energy.
You’re also taking in fewer calories over the day, if you’re not overdoing (taking in too many calories) it during your eating window.
This can be a great way to lose weight quickly and easily.
There are all sorts of different intermittent fasting plans out there, but the most popular one is probably the 16/8 plan.
This means that you fast for 16 hours each day and eat during the other 8 hours.
Another option (great if you need to lose weight even faster) is 20/4 intermittent fasting.
This means you fast for 20 hours each day and eat your meal(s) during the other 4 hours.
Can you see how intermittent fasting can help you lose weight for your wedding?
Not only are you freeing yourself up to do other things, like planning your wedding, but you’re also taking your food decisions off your mind.
When you’re not focused on what to eat every few hours, you take a lot of emotion of out the equation.
Put your weight loss on autopilot when you’re preparing for the big day.
What should you eat while on an intermittent fasting plan?
Now that we’ve got the time you’re NOT eating out of the way, what are the best foods to eat during your “feeding window”?
The first thing you want to make sure of is that your protein intake is high.
How much protein you need is often debated. To keep it simple, I believe that you should take in 40% of your calories in the form of protein.
So, if you’re eating 1600 calories per day, around 640 calories should come from protein.
The reasons I prefer to keep protein intake high are:
- Protein helps maintain muscle mass (boosts your metabolism, which helps you burn fat even while you’re resting).
- Protein provides essential amino acids needed for growth and repair.
- Protein intake can help you control your weight by increasing satiety (keeps you full for longer periods of time) and reducing food cravings.
There are plenty of reasons to love protein, but for me, the biggest advantage is that it keeps me feeling full for hours after eating.
That means I can avoid those pesky cravings and keep my calorie intake in check.
Plus, high-protein foods like meat and eggs tend to be pretty low in carbs, which is a bonus when you’re trying to lose weight.
Fat intake while intermittent fasting
One thing to keep in mind- eating fat only makes you fat if you go over your calorie allotment for the day.
Another thing to keep in mind is that some fats are healthier than others.
Unsaturated fats, such as Omega-3s and Omega-6s, are considered healthy fats.
These fats can be found in foods such as salmon, avocados, nuts, and seeds.
Unhealthy fats include saturated and trans fats. Trans fats are often found in processed foods, such as cookies, crackers, and chips.
Saturated fats can be found in animal products, such as pork, butter, and cheese.
Trans fats should be avoided at all costs. Saturated fats should be limited, but not avoided altogether.
So, how much fat should you eat?
I recommend keeping your fat intake around 20-30% of your total daily calories.
So, for example, if you’re eating 1,600 calories per day, 320-480 of those should come from fat.
This may seem like a lot, but it’s actually not that hard to do when you’re eating high-fat foods like avocados, nuts, and seeds.
Carb intake while intermittent fasting
The final macronutrient is carbs.
Similar to fat, carbs only make you fat if you eat more calories than you burn in a day.
Also similar to fat, there are good carbs and bad carbs.
Good carbs are complex carbs, such as vegetables, whole grains, and legumes.
Bad carbs are simple carbs, such as sugar, white flour, and white rice.
As a general rule of thumb, you should aim to get 30-40% of your daily calories from carbs.
So, if you’re eating 1,600 calories per day, that would be 480-640 calories from carbs.
How would you decide your carbs vs. fat percentage for the day?
If you’re working out that day, keep carbs closer to 40% and fat around 20%.
On days you’re not exercising, go 20% carbs and 40% fat.
Because carbs will fuel you up for your workout, and help you recover from your exercise session.
On days you’re not working out, the extra fat will keep you satiated.
If you’d like to try intermittent fasting, we’ve written some plans you can follow:
To wrap up:
If you’re like most brides-to-be, you want to look your best on your wedding day.
You’ve probably been working hard to lose weight, and intermittent fasting can be a great way to help you reach your goal.
I know what you’re thinking: “Can intermittent fasting really help me lose weight?”
The answer is yes! In fact, it can be a great way to drop weight quickly.