When it comes to having a healthy body, ladies look up to Kapamilya stars as those who truly radiate health. For instance, Anne Curtis is known for being an exercise advocate as seen on her numerous posts on Instagram. Meanwhile, Isabelle Daza, who is a firm believer in a healthy lifestyle, promotes the importance of exercise and proper nutrition through her indoor cycling studio Ride Revolution and nutrition service company Better Health.
While these "It Girls" often work with trainers to get strong and fit, there are other ways that you can get in shape in a healthy way, such as exercising at home, healthy eating, and intermittent fasting.
What is intermittent fasting?
Going on a diet is the norm for most people who are looking to shed the extra weight, but some fad diets can be bad for your health. Intermittent fasting is not a diet— rather, it is a method of eating. You don’t restrict what you eat, but you do control when to eat. By undergoing fast periods, your body doesn’t only shed the excess weight, but it also burns fat more effectively.
The goal here is to lower the number of calories that you consume in order to encourage your system to burn through your fat stores. Fasting can be as simple as eating dinner, then not consuming anything but liquids such as coffee, tea, or broth until 1p.m. the next day. You then get to eat lunch and dinner normally before repeating the whole process all over again.
How intermittent fasting works
Some celebrities know that it takes a lot of hard work to get their body in good condition, hence the hours of workouts and the difficult exercises that they do on a regular basis. Some local celebs also adjust the way they eat to lose weight the healthy way.
Exercising and changing the way you eat requires willpower, and intermittent fasting will also require the same amount of discipline for it to work. But the results are definitely worth it, especially when the pounds start to fall off. But how does intermittent fasting work to melt unwanted fat?
After eating a big meal, your body is in a fed state and it absorbs all the nutrients from your food. Once the food is digested, your body is in a post-absorptive state that can last up to 12 hours after eating. During a fasted state, your body’s glucose levels go down, your insulin levels rise, and this causes your body to burn through its fat reserves for energy.
Why you should try intermittent fasting
We all go through periods when we feel heavy and sluggish, or perhaps you’d just like to lose the last few stubborn pounds from your body. With intermittent fasting, you not only get to lose weight in the simplest way, but you also learn a new way of eating to benefit your overall health and lifestyle.
Workouts can become more effective when you exercise on an empty stomach as your metabolism works hard to burn excess fats to give you energy. Moreover, you can stave off emotional eating, and because you’re eating fewer calories, you begin to make better choices when it comes to the food that you eat. Restricting calories may even help you live longer, which is always a plus.
If you’re in good health, you can certainly try intermittent fasting to shed the weight in a healthy way. But just to be on the safe side, consult your doctor before fasting to see if it’s right for you.
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Jane Sandwood is a content manager for a small fitness and nutrition site and a professional freelance writer with over 10 years’ experience across many fields. Jane has a particular interest in issues relating to diet, nutrition and fitness.
Photos courtesy of Anne Curtis and Isabelle Daza on Instagram