If you're like many people, one of the top goals on your list is to shed all that excess belly fat.

So, is intermittent fasting an approach that will help to cure the belly fat issue? Or, are there other diets that will work better?

In order to determine the answer to this question, you need to understand a few things and ask yourself some important questions.

Let's have a quick look at what you need to know.

What It Takes To Lose Belly Fat

The very first thing that we need to think about is what it takes to lose belly fat. If you don't understand that, it's going to be difficult to make a decision about what's right for you to use.

In order to lose belly fat effectively, you have to create what's called a calorie deficit. This refers to you taking in fewer calories than you burn each day. Basically, you're moving more than you're eating.

Remember too that your body burns so many calories just existing as well, so it's not like you have to burn off each and every calorie that you eat.

That said, the more you do move, the easier it tends to be to do so.

How Intermittent Fasting Accomplishes That

So how does intermittent fasting help out with this? The first way it helps is because since your eating window is so small, it's very easy to sustain a reduced calorie diet plan. If you only have 8 hours of the day to consume food, you just won't be able to eat as much as you might if you were eating over the course of 16 hours.

Secondly, this approach tends to help increase the rates of fat oxidation occurring in the body, so that too can boost the chances of losing fat from the abdominal region.

Both of these work towards helping you see a decrease in total belly fat stores, as well as fat from all around the rest of your body as well.

Is This Approach Right For You?

So now the question that you need to ask yourself is whether this approach is right for you or not. Should you use intermittent fasting?

The key thing to think about is whether you are the type who does get slightly anxious at having to go so long without food. Does the fact that you are fasting for so long cause you undue stress? If so, you should skip over this approach. Stress is very bad for belly fat, so you need to be minimizing it at all times as much as you can.

If on the other hand you find that eating so frequently throughout the day is what causes high levels of stress, then you'll want to be using this approach. For you, this is what will minimize your cortisol release, so what will yield the most optimal results possible.

So there you have the main points to note about intermittent fasting. It can definitely help you shed excess belly fat when used correctly, so you will want to give it some consideration.

About the author: Shannon is a fitness trainer and freelance writer who has written for Bodybuilding.com.

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