November 08, 2020 0 Comments
Will Intermittent Fasting Give Me Great Looking Abs?
This is a very common question, and the answer is, it depends.
To get six-pack abs, will require a man to be at around 9 to 10 percent body fat, and a woman will need a body fat percentage that ranges from 15 to 19 percent. These are very low-fat percentages and the result of one significant factor.
Your Eating Lifestyle!
Your eating lifestyle will decide how low your body fat percentage is. Once your diet is clean and you're only eating wholesome and nutritious foods, your body will be less likely to retain stubborn body fat. By this stage, you'd have eliminated almost all processed foods from your nutrition plan. Even starchy carbs will be kept to a bare minimum. Most athletes who have a low body fat percentage only have one cheat day a week. Some only have one cheat meal. This is what will them the six-pack. The rest of it will comes down to your training.
Being at a caloric deficit and eating clean will get the job done. The exercise is to accelerate your metabolism, burn a few extra calories, and tone you're midsection so that your abs look more defined. That's all there is to it.
But how will intermittent fasting (IF) help me?
Intermittent fasting will help you get the abs quicker because your blood sugar levels will be stable for most of the day. People who have a 4 to 6-hour eating window will benefit even more than those on an 8-hour eating window. When your blood sugar levels are stable, and there isn't much glucose in your blood, your body will be primed for fat burning. This is known as ketosis. The body is using ketones for fuel. So, not only is your diet clean, but your body is in fat-burning mode for most of the day. This will accelerate your fat loss and get you to your six-pack goal much faster.
Another benefit of intermittent fasting is that it allows more leniency with the diet. If you're eating six meals a day and not on IF, you'll have to watch your macros very closely. You'll need to time your carb intake and only stick to the right carbs. Bread, white rice, pasta, etc. will have to be avoided. You don't want to elevate your blood sugar levels. With IF, even if you indulge in these foods, you can still get away with it because the eating window is relatively short. Even if the foods spiked your glycogen levels, your body will use up the glycogen and go back to fat burning once you're on the fasting window. This is different from eating six meals a day and having insulin in your blood, which prevents fat burning.
To conclude, intermittent fasting is a very potent tool that, when combined with a clean diet, caloric deficit, and exercise, can help you shed the stubborn pounds faster than you ever thought possible. Give it a try, and you'll be blown away by the results in a month or two.
David ~ Founder TruLivv