Rather than try to overhaul your entire diet overnight, which most likely won’t work, you can quickly cut calories through intermittent fasting. By doing what is known as metabolic switching, your liver will expend its energy stores in about 10 – 12 hours and then start using fat. This can’t happen when we’re continually eating. So, the key here is to give your body enough time to move over to fat reserves for energy.
Is 12 Hours Really Necessary?
Some may feel going half a day without eating sounds uncomfortable. But, when you think about it, you already fast for 1/3 of the day while you’re sleeping. That is why the first meal is called ‘breakfast’ – because you’re breaking your fast. So, by merely delaying this meal by a few hours a couple of days a week, you’re already on your way! While this may feel uncomfortable at first, your body will adjust within a few weeks. Just like training a muscle at the gym, you’re training your body to operate on this new schedule.