2.Intermittent Fasting Can
Help You Lose Weight
and Belly Fat
Many of those who try intermittent fasting are doing it in
order to lose weight (9).
Generally speaking, intermittent fasting will make you eat
Unless if you compensate by eating much more during the
other meals, you will end up taking in fewer calories.
Additionally, intermittent fasting enhances hormone function
to facilitate weight loss.
Lower insulin levels, higher growth hormone levels and
increased amounts of norepinephrine (noradrenaline) all
increase the breakdown of body fat and facilitate its use for
For this reason, short-term fasting actually increases your
metabolic rate by 3.6-14%, helping you burn even more
calories (10, 11).
In other words, intermittent fasting works on both sides of the
calorie equation. It boosts your metabolic rate (increases
calories out) and reduces the amount of food you eat (reduces
According to a 2014 review of the scientific literature,
intermittent fasting can cause weight loss of 3-8% over 3-24
weeks (12). This is a huge amount.
The people also lost 4-7% of their waist circumference, which
indicates that they lost lots of belly fat, the harmful fat in the
abdominal cavity that causes disease.
One review study also showed that intermittent fasting caused
less muscle loss than continuous calorie restriction (13).
All things considered, intermittent fasting can be an incredibly
powerful weight loss tool. More details here: How Intermittent
Fasting Can Help You Lose Weight.