According to a poll released by SWNS on 2,000 Americans, the top 10 weight loss challenges are summarized below:
- Maintaining willpower – 28%
- Lack of motivation – 27%
- Eating healthy foods – 27%
- Overcoming hunger – 27%
- The pure difficulty of losing weight – 26%
- The expense associated with weight loss – 25%
- Finding time to workout – 25%
- Not having access to a gym/exercise equipment – 25%
- The amount of time it takes – 23%
- Not having a support system – 22%
No significance rating is needed as these items are listed because each item accounts for similar percentages. Looking back to your previous weight loss experience, do you see anything familiar?
Why does intermittent fasting call for NO willpower?
Everything calls for willpower but instinct or habits.
You need the willpower to get up in the morning.
You need the willpower to do your job.
You need the willpower to make up before a mirror to look striking.
You need the willpower to take some medications to cure illness.
However, no willpower is needed when you’re hungry and want to eat something. It’s natural. Bravo! Intermittent fasting is just natural.
What is intermittent fasting? Although it’s been regarded to be used for weight loss today, it’s not created especially for that (it’s more found than created, specifically). It originates from the old way of life of our ancestors. In ancient times, no fridges were used, and people lived on hunting, collecting, or growing. In other words, people had no choice about what to eat and when to eat; nature is God. So, it was extremely difficult for ancient people to gain weight. Bodies have memories. As they switch to intermittent fasting plans, they can easily auto-adjust to the old way (that’s also why weight loss is difficult). As a result, no efforts are needed when intermittent fasting is done since all the triggers are set in your DNA.
In summary, when intermittent fasting is used for weight loss, no willpower and no motivation are specifically needed. You already have them, but you don’t know.
Healthy food ≠ boring food
Everyone knows the importance of healthy food, and everyone wants to follow.
Unfortunately, it’s far more difficult to do than to recognize. Here’s a fact no one can deny everyone has a stomach with limited space. When it’s mostly stuffed with some type of food, only a small portion is left for other food. For example, if you have a KFC 4 pc. Tenders combo, there must be no space for avocado cucumber tuna salad. Therefore, it’s smart to spare more space in your stomach for healthy food and less for unhealthy food. The good news, however, intermittent fasting features no limits on diet during an eating window.
Moreover, a majority don’t pick healthy food because they have no idea how to cook them. For the balance of taste and nutrition, the recipes on MyPlate Kitchen can be selected at random. Or, you can download a recipe app on your phone so that recipes can be checked anytime and anywhere as long as you need or want.
Stop overcoming hunger, start to embrace hunger.
Hunger is not a monster inside your body. It’s a natural state that you should know where it is.
It seems hunger is the top enemy of weight loss. As a matter of fact, hunger is an enemy no one can fight against if you strive to do so. Hunger is actually a friend indicating that your body is working smoothly and that what you eat has been digested with nutrition being absorbed. So don’t be afraid of hunger. Learn to make friends with hunger. However, staying hungry is NEVER a good solution to weight loss.
What you eat does matters to your weight loss, instead of what you avoid in meals.
Some simple tips are beneficial when hunger comes close to you. On one hand, you should determine whether you’re really hungry. Sometimes, you still feel hungry when your body calls for hydration or you feel bored as you work in front of screens or desks. Therefore, try drinking some water next time you feel hungry. On the other hand, distract yourself from hunger triggers like meal pictures, tasty smells, etc. when you’re sure you’re really hungry.
Intermittent fasting gives your wallet a break.
There’s no doubt intermittent fasting does save money. No workout and no diet, you don’t need to pay for workout plans or equipment. When it comes to eating, intermittent fasting encourages you to cook at home. If you’re used to eating out, it’s time to change your diet habit. Stop eating out, you’ll find it’s easy to save money.
NO extra time is spared for weight loss as far as intermittent fasting is concerned.
As intermittent fasting is used for weight loss, no extra time is needed since any fasting plan is selected based on your current lifestyle. It goes just within your life track. For example, if you choose 16:8 intermittent fasting, one meal should be cut from your scheduled daily 3 meals. Which meal should be cut, then? It depends on your lifestyle. If you have a 9-to-5 job and you usually feel hungry when you get up, it’s optimal to cut your dinner.
Weight loss is difficult but not unachievable. Intermittent fasting helps you overcome all barriers.