Intermittent fasting has many health benefits, from improving insulin sensitivity to triggering autophagy (the body’s molecular clean-up mechanism). But, if you’re turning to intermittent fasting for the weight loss, I’m afraid there’s something you probably don’t want to hear. Brace yourself; here it is (ehem)… intermittent fasting is not a quick weight-loss strategy. There, I just saved you a lot of aggravation if that’s what you were looking for.
Now that’s not to say that some people (especially men) don’t experience quick weight loss with the help of IF (usually combined with increased exercise); but, if you’re like the vast majority of people, you’ll experience no loss (or very little loss) in the first few weeks to a month and a gradual loss of about a pound per week after that. The other bad news is that your loss may very well include many fluctuations and plateaus. Speaking from my personal experience of almost a year of fasting and having lost 50 lbs., daily intermittent fasting is the most jagged, plateau-ridden weight-loss I’ve ever experienced. I’m not just guesstimating. Here’s the evidence. This is what it looks like to lose 50 pounds through intermittent fasting at an average rate of about one pound per week.
Still, in the end, most health experts will tell us that gradual weight-loss is the way to go for a host of reasons. A gradual loss causes one to better engrain the weight-loss strategy as a lifestyle rather than a quick fix. A gradual loss is generally more sustainable. A gradual loss gives the skin’s elasticity time to adjust to the fat loss. A gradual weight-loss puts less stress and strain on the body’s vital organs. The list goes on.
Of course, in our modern world, when we’re ready to lose weight we want it gone yesterday. If that describes you, then you might be better served looking for another weight-loss method, or by coming to terms with the fact that daily intermittent fasting requires a great deal of commitment and patience but is well worth your time. I’m hoping that the latter choice is more appealing.