If you’re wondering why your stomach is flatter in the morning, you’re not by yourself. This is one of those ‘strange phenomena’ that millions of people wonder about. They want to lose weight and have a flat stomach, but the only time they ever seem slimmer than usual is when they wake up in the morning.
Their belly is noticeably flatter, and they feel like they’ve lost weight, but the moment they eat, their body gets bloated and the slightly flat appearance the body had in the morning disappears. So why does this happen?
The answer is simple. Your body was in a fasted state and your stomach was flatter.
When you sleep for 7 to 8 hours, you’re not consuming any food. Your body digests whatever food you ate before bed and then uses the glycogen in your body for fuel to maintain the body’s processes. When you wake up, your belly is flat, your glycogen levels are depleted, and your body is primed to burn fat.
This is why light cardio in a fasted state is one of the best protocols for burning stubborn fat.
The flat midsection that everyone loves can be achieved with a simple technique – simple, but excruciatingly difficult for most people. It’s known as fasting. There are many different types such as intermittent fasting, going without water cutting back on calories, and so on. One of the best ways to lose fat is to do without food for 24 hours. That means you’ll only be drinking water. No food. No coffee. No diet sodas. ONLY water.
Fasting Your Way To A Flat Stomach
During this time, your body will go into ketosis and burn the fat for fuel. A few problems that may occur for people are food cravings, hunger, caffeine withdrawal and so on. For most people, getting through the first 24 hours will be a Herculean task. You’ll feel hungry at the times you usually have your meals, but you can live through it. For example, if you have dinner at 7 pm daily, that’s the time you’ll feel most hungry.
After an hour or so, the hunger will flatten out, dissipate, and go away. It always comes in waves. Getting through each wave is what matters. Your mind will cook up a hundred reasons as to why you should eat, and they’ll all seem valid, but you must NOT give in. Once you’ve made it through 24 hours with no food, you’ll have the confidence to go without for 2 or 3 days. Ideally, you should aim for a 36-hour fast two times a week. This is one of the best ways to lose weight.
How Long Can You Fast
Unlike calorie restriction that can be difficult with slower results, going without food gets easier over time and the results are fantastic. Some people go on without food for as long as 5 days each month.
It may seem like an impossible feat, but after the 3rd day, all hunger disappears. The body enters into a state known as ketosis and the body burns fat for fuel since it has no food coming in. In 7 days, you can lose anywhere from 10 to 15 pounds, maybe more.
What Are the Benefits of Fasting?
Fasting will definitely help your body into a fat-burning mode that can cause you to think you can spot reduce belly fat. It’s nothing new, has been around since the beginning of time, and actually has some remarkable health benefits such as:
- Decrease Insulin resistance leading to overall decreased blood sugar levels
- Can significantly reduce blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, and triglycerides
- Helps weight loss and increases metabolism
- Fights inflammation which is the leading cause of heart disease
- Aids in increasing growth hormone secretion needed for weight loss, strength, and metabolism
How to Start Fasting?
If you’ve never tried it before, try picking a day next week you will not eat for 24 hours. Write it on a calendar, and put a sticky note on your refrigerator just like for any goal.
In the meantime, skip breakfast for a day or two. It’s important to not eat anything whatsoever between the dinner meal and lunch. This may be as long as 18 hours, right. Be sure to drink plenty of water between the time you get up in the morning and lunch. Going on an 18 hour fast will teach you that depriving your body of food to flatten your stomach will not kill you. In fact, it will opposite effect, giving you more energy and a different way to think about eating.
Now, when your appointed day comes around, it will be easy to miss eating anything at all for 24 hours. Once you’ve done that, a couple of times, you will be set for 36-72 hour fasts.
Ok, your abdomen is flatter in the morning because there’s no food in it. But the truth is that a toned stomach is better than a flat belly because it looks better, and is made up of muscle to help you burn fat. If you want a flat and toned midsection, the best thing you can do is learn to fast a time or two every week and exercise 3-5 times a week.
When you do that you won’t only have a flat stomach in the morning, but all throughout the day; which is why fasting is great for keeping a slim body. Give exercise and fasting a shot, it will blow your mind and your belly fat.