Not eating is probably the most popular way people are trying to lose weight these days.
I think everyone has tried to lose weight by not eating at some point in their lives. It’s easy to do and it works – in the short term.
If your goal is to not eat for a short period of time, you can lose a good amount of weight quickly. But long term, not eating can cause health problems because you are basically starving yourself when you aren’t eating.
I think eating less for a short period of time is a healthy way to lose weight quickly. Your body has the ability to survive if you don’t eat much for a short period of time without any health concerns. It is different for everyone, and some people may not want to not eat because of existing health conditions or concerns over developing side effects from eating less. Check with your doctor for personal advice.
This article will focus on ways to not eat. It’s really up to you to decide how long you want to not eat for. If you’re a normal healthy human being, you should have no problem not eating for longer periods of time without any problems.
Fasting Is The Same As Not Eating
Fasting is an incredibly popular and healthy way to lose weight fast. Fasting is when you don’t eat for a period of time. Sometimes it’s 18 hours and sometimes it could be a full day or two. You can fast every day or fast once or twice a week.
When you fast, your body is recovering, removing toxins from your body, and burning fat from your butt, belly, and thighs. Done properly, fasting is one of the best ways to lose fat quickly, and keep it off for good.
How Long Should You Not Eat For?
This article isn’t about being anorexic, which is eating low amounts of food for a long period of time, which often leaves people severely deficient in nutrition and therefore in bad health.
You can practice not eating every day by eating just 1 meal a day. That means your body is “not eating” for maybe 23 hours. This is great for burning fat.
When done healthily, you can not eat anything for the rest of your life if your body responds well to it. Going many days without eating can be something you do sparingly – again if your body responds well to it.
How Fast Can You Lose Weight By Not Eating?
When you don’t eat for a full day or two, you’re going to lose a lot of water weight right away. You could lose a few pounds in just one day.
In terms of fat, that takes longer to lose. Your body first needs to burn on all the energy that is stored for temporary use before it starts to burn fat. It could take a few days before this happens.
Not eating for more than a couple days is alarming to your body and you need to be careful if you go this extreme. Basically, you’ll want to be pretty healthy overall so your body can handle the lack of nutrients coming in. You also want to listen to your body. If you’re finding yourself feeling super fatigued and hazy feeling, and light headed, it’s a sign you should eat some food.
In terms of actual weight loss from not eating, done right, you will likely lose an incredibly amount of weight. A combination of eating nutrient rich foods and eating less, along with prolonging the amount of time you are not eating will likely be your best way to lose fat quickly.
How much weight you lose depends on how fat and overweight you are now. Some people can lose 5-10 pounds a week, while healthy people who are close to their ideal weight may only lose 1 pound a week.
Again, when you aren’t eating, you are fasting. Fasting will likely be the best way to lose weight the quickest. You want to do it right though. Fasting is really just about eating at certain times and creating an environment where your body has no food in it for longer periods of time so your body will go into your fat stores and burn that fat for energy – which means faster weight loss.
How To Not Eat Sugar
Sugar is the devil when it comes to weight loss. By the way, sugar is any grains or sweet stuff like candy, table sugar, and even healthy sugars like honey and naturally occurring sugar in fruits. Your body treats these nutrients the same. Though there are good and bad types of sugars, it’s still a carb at the end of the day and your body will store it as fat if you eat too much sugar.
The hardest part of not eating sugar is the cravings you’ll get when you stop. Your body is used to getting its daily doses of sugar and when you cut it off, it’s going to scream at you.
The best thing is to go on a sugar detox if this is your main problem. You can try and do it yourself. Basically, a sugar detox is anything you do that involves not eating sugars for an extended period of time. You’ll be eating low sugar foods and naturally weaning your body off it’s reliance on carbohydrates.
If not eating sugars is something you’re going to struggle with, you can think about doing a sugar detox program. There’s a book called the 21 day sugar detox and it’s probably the best book on helping you eat less sugars. You can check out that book here.
11 Ways To Not Eat
Below is a list of my top ways to basically not eat, and not be hungry. I’d say the biggest problem with not eating is that you get hungry and when you finally eat, you over do it. There isn’t any magic diet that makes not eating easier in my opinion, but there are some things you can do to curb your hunger and help you eat less for a period of time.
1. Eat More Fat
The best way to eat less and go longer without getting hungry is to eat more fat. What? Doesn’t eating fat make you fat? No, actually, it doesn’t. Eating lots of carbs is what makes you fat, because it’s the excess carbs that gets stored as fuel for later when you don’t have food in your body.
Fat is a very satiating macronutrient, which means when you eat it, you will stay fuller longer. So eat the bacon, add the coconut oil to your cooking, and drizzle that olive oil onto your salad.
2. Reduce The Amount Of Carbs You Eat
It’s imperative you reduce the amount of carbs you eat if you want to lose weight. When you eat carbs, your body will use the energy from it right away if your body needs it (like if you are about to exercise). But if you eat a lot of carbs and your body does NOT need the energy right now, your body will store the extra carbs for energy to use later. Which means your body turns the carbs into fat in your belly, thighs, ass, etc.
By reducing the amount of carbs you eat, there will be less excess carbs to store, if any at all, and that means your body will need to use the fat that already exists in your body for energy. This means you will be burning fat for fuel, and it means weight loss.
Low carb diets are incredibly popular today. Why? Because they work for weight loss. I’m a high advocate on a low carb diet. You can eat super low carb, which is a keto diet. A keto diet is great because it forces your body to really use fat for energy. From everything I’ve tried, a keto diet is the best way to lose fat fast.
3. Eat A Snack
I’m not a huge fan of snacking because it adds calories, but if you get super hungry, it’s better to have a small snack that can temporarily calm your hunger pains instead of getting so hungry you eat everything in sight when you finally eat.
You can try eating things like a cucumber which has very little calories. The fact you’re consuming something will get your stomach working and give it that feeling of being fed. This works for some people and can temporarily help you. But other people don’t find this works because a cucumber isn’t a very satiating food.
If you need a good snack idea, eating raw nuts like pecans, walnuts, and almonds can really help. Yes, they are high in calories but they are high in fat, and as I mentioned earlier already, fats is very satiating. A small handful of nuts can really do wonders to help you not be so damn hungry.
4. Eat Slower
One of the best tricks to consume less foods is to eat slower. Consuming less foods overall will put you in a caloric deficit. While calories aren’t everything, it’s really damn important. To keep it really simple, if you eat less food than your body needs to maintain its weight, then it will need to use the weight (fat) that exists in your belly to function. This means losing fat.
I’ve also personally found that eating slower and eating more mindfully (appreciating my food more by slowly experiencing it) makes me not crave food as much. I think it’s a mental thing where my mind tells my body that this is how much food I am going to get and there’s no need to eat it all as fast as possible and look for other things to eat in order to survive.
5. Reduce Stress
Stress is a huge problem that causes hormonal imbalances. Hunger is triggered by hormones in your body. Heard of stress eating? Well, that’s when your body is out of whack from stress and you are secreting hunger hormones when perhaps you really aren’t that hungry and your body doesn’t really need to eat. But you eat and eat because of stress.
Reducing stress will do you so much good beyond preventing you from over eating. You’ll live longer, look healthier, and feel better. Do whatever you can to reduce all things that stress you out in life.
6. Get Busy Being Busy
Every been too busy to eat? Forget to eat cause you’re busy doing something? Well, get busy! In fact, as I write this article, I forgot I ordered a tea and now it’s cold. I was too busy typing and forgot about it.
If you’re starting to feel hungry but you want to go longer without eating, find something to do that will keep you busy.
7. Do Light Exercises
Exercising does use energy, and in theory your body will want food to replenish your body energy reserves, but have you ever gone for a light walk or did some yoga and suddenly you weren’t hungry any more? Exercising has this effect on the body.
My favorite exercise is to simply go for a walk. Most of the time, my body forgets about the hunger, and also I forget about it too. Instead of focusing on my stomach growling, I’m enjoying nature and thinking about things besides eating.
8. Eat 1 or 2 Meals A Day
Remember, not eating is the same as fasting. Eating 1 or 2 meals a day is one of the best ways to accomplish a fast. The whole idea of fasting is to make your body not have food ingested for a longer period of time. Today, we eat way to often. We eat 3 meals a day with snacks in between meals. This is too much. Your body never gets time to detox and burn fat if you’re always giving it food to digest and store as fat.
By eating just once or twice a day, it makes it easier to space your meals so your body can spend more time burning fat. For example, eating at noon and at 6pm means you are not eating for 18 hours. This is a good amount of time to not eat every single day. It means your body has an extended amount of time to burn fat.
A typical person eats at maybe 10 at night and again at like 8 in the morning. That’s only 10 hours of your body not eating (fasting). Your body will be burning some fat while you sleep, but if you prolong the amount of time without food in your body, you will be burning more fat and losing way more weight this way.
Plus, eating just once or twice a day gets your body used to not eating as much. Also, a lot of people find it easier to eat a reduced amount of calories overall when they eat less. It’s easy to eat 1000 calories in one sitting when you’re having McDonalds. But try doing that with chicken and broccoli.
If you eat 2 meals a day within a 6 hour time period, and you eat healthy nutrient dense foods, you’re likely going to lose a ton of weight – and probably fast too.
9. Drink Water
Drinking water may or may not help you. Water doesn’t really make you full, but it’s the fact you have something going into your stomach that can help “satiate” you.
Sometimes I wake up at 10am and my stomach is screaming for some food. I don’t eat until 12 because I want to fast longer, so I make myself a coffee or drink a cup of water. Often times, it helps get me through until 12 when I can actually eat something.
10. Take A Nap
A nap is one of my ultimate tricks to not eat. And since I love sleep so much, it’s super easy to do. Just go to bed for an hour or two. You don’t feel hunger when you sleep. And it’s just more time for your body to detox and burn fat anyway.
Sleep is amazing and we don’t get enough of it. There is absolutely nothing wrong with taking an afternoon nap. I could get 10 hours of sleep, wake up, and then take a nap a couple hours later, and then finally eat something after my nap. The amount of energy I will have after my nap is out of this world. And I just spend more time without food in my body – which means more time spent burning fat.
Sleeping is incredibly powerful. There are surprising health benefits to sleeping more and sleeping better. If you’re interested in how sleeping affects your health, read this article about 22 surprising benefits of sleeping.
11. Be Consistent With Your Eating Timing
When you have a set time where you eat, your body gets used to it. It will get hungry at around those times. And this is powerful for weight loss. For me, I eat at noon and at 6. My body knows this and it doesn’t tend to bother me with hunger outside of my eating time.
I remember when I used to eat immediately when I woke up. My body would get hungry immediately after I woke up. It’s because my body knows I feed it when I wake up so it demands that food right away. But when you train your body a different eating pattern that is better for fat loss, it will get used to that too.
So if you can, try and eat twice a day at noon and 6. This is how I do it and I have a lot of success keeping fat off my body and burning fat quickly if I get fat from a vacation or something.
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