What Is the Main Cause of Weight Gain?

What Is the Main Cause of Weight Gain?

Why are so many people overweight in developed countries? What is the main cause of weight gain? There are many factors that cause weight gain: genetics, disease, overeating, and a sedentary lifestyle. However, the main cause of weight gain in modern times is the habit of constant eating. Most people eat three meals a day with several snacks in between. Constant feeding causes constantly elevated insulin levels, and insulin is a fat-storage hormone. Here’s how modern eating habits contribute to weight gain.

How to Start Fasting: The 4-Week Transition Period

How to Start Fasting: The 4-Week Transition Period

Are you considering adopting intermittent fasting (IF) as a lifestyle? What are some things you should keep in mind when beginning your transition to the IF feeding schedule? Transitioning to intermittent fasting (IF) is a big step, especially if you’re used to following the standard three-meal feeding approach. According to Gin Stephens, the author of Fast. Feast. Repeat., the key to successfully transitioning to the IF lifestyle is to adapt your body to the IF feeding over a four-week period. Keep reading to learn how to start fasting by committing to a four-week adaptation period.

What Are the Benefits of Intermittent Fasting?

What Are the Benefits of Intermittent Fasting?

How does fasting induce fat loss? What are the benefits of intermittent fasting apart from weight loss? In the fasted state, your body converts your fat stores into ketones, a fat-based energy source. Put another way, you burn your fat as fuel (a state called ketosis). In addition to fat loss, intermittent fasting has other health benefits. Keep reading to learn about the health benefits of intermittent fasting.

The Science Behind Fasting and Weight Loss

The Science Behind Fasting and Weight Loss

How does fasting promote weight loss? What is the mechanism behind the weight loss effect of fasting? Your body has a powerful built-in fat-burning mechanism that’s activated by fasting. However, weight loss isn’t immediate once you start fasting. Since our bodies are used to overeating, we need to teach them to access our fat stores again. When you start fasting, your body won’t yet know how to burn fat and will instead slow your metabolism to save energy until you can eat again. Here’s a look at the science behind fasting and weight loss.

3 Important Life Lessons From The Alchemist

3 Important Life Lessons From The Alchemist

What are the main lessons in The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho? How can you apply the book’s lessons to your own life? The Alchemist is the story of an Andalusian shepherd boy’s journey of spiritual awakening. The boy gives up everything to embark on a long journey across the desert toward the Egyptian pyramids, to look for a treasure he has dreamed of. He follows omens and the wisdom of spiritual guides he meets along the way. Here are the biggest lessons Santiago learns during his journey.

The Best Intermittent Fasting Schedules: TRE and ADF

The Best Intermittent Fasting Schedules: TRE and ADF

What is the best intermittent fasting schedule? How should you time your fasts for maximum effectiveness? There are many things to factor in when deciding on which fasting schedule suits you best: your lifestyle, work schedule, how long you can go without food, etc. As a starting point, you may want to begin with time-restricted eating (TRE) and move to a more advanced alternate-day fasting (ADF) schedule once your body has acclimated to extended periods of not eating. Here’s how to time your fasting cycles using the TRE and the ADF approaches.

Gin Stephens: Clean Fast Guidelines

Gin Stephens: Clean Fast Guidelines

What is a clean fast? What foods do you need to avoid on a clean fast? To fast cleanly means to eat nothing that hinders the insulin-curbing and fat-burning effects of fasting. Depending on your health and fitness goals (fat-burning, muscle building, or general health), you may have more or less leeway in terms of what you can eat. In this article, we’ll explain the “clean fast”—Gin Stephens’s approach to fasting—and her “delay, don’t deny” approach to feasting.

Why Dieting Doesn’t Work in the Long Term

Why Dieting Doesn’t Work in the Long Term

Do any diets actually work? Why does food- or calorie-restrictive dieting not work in the long term? According to Gin Stephens, the author of Fast. Feast. Repeat., dieting for weight loss doesn’t work in the long term. However, decades of contradictory advice about how and what to eat for weight loss has created immense confusion, a tangle that she calls “diet brain”: When you no longer have any clue how to eat “properly.”  Here’s why dieting doesn’t work in the long term, according to Stephens.