Intermittent fasting is one of the most popular dietary plans that is now being followed by many people.
Through a process called ketosis, which involves using fat (rather than carbohydrates) to fuel your body, this practice of not eating within longer periods of time every day (or other day/s) is considered to be effective for weight loss.
Intermittent fasting does not just shed or maintain your weight; it also helps remove cellular waste in your body, as well as promote healthy aging — and thus increase your lifespan.
Whole-day fasting, alternate day fasting and time-restricted fasting are among the most popular types of intermittent fasting. Of the forms of the latter, the 16:8 format is the most famous.
However, it is possible that even with your dedicated efforts to practice this diet, you still might not be able to lose unwanted weight in the process. If so, then here are the shocking reasons why, courtesy of the Times of India:
You Consume Too Many Calories
In order to determine the success of your intermittent fasting schedule, it is important to monitor the amount of calories you consume.
To start, you should keep a log and check on the number of calories consumed. It also helps to know how many calories are required by your body to reach a certain weight.
Once you determined the the number of calories that you are allowed to consume, strictly keep an eye on the kind of food you eat. Consuming a lot of calories during your non-fasting times can cause your diet to have little or no effect on your body weight.
You Are Underestimating Proportions
Now that you have set your daily calorie intake limit, the next step to take for you to lose unwanted body weight through intermittent fasting is to check your portion sizes, or the amounts of the food you wish to eat.
More often than not, you miscalculate how much you are actually eating, and that translates to more calories for the day. So you have to be extra careful of food that is high in calories such as cheese.
All this makes it more important for you to calculate and monitor your food choices very closely.
You Do Not Eat Enough
Too little is just as bad as too much, and this applies to your calorie intake.
Another reason there is little to no change in your weight loss efforts is because you do not eat enough calories.
Your body will learn to function on the amount of calories you provide it with. Therefore, you should reduce your calorie intake slowly while aiming for only moderate weight loss. Cut only enough calories to lose about half a pound a week.