What Is Intermittent Fasting ???
Diets are easy in the contemplation, difficult in the execution. Intermittent fasting is just the opposite — it’s difficult in the contemplation but easy in the execution.
Most of us have contemplated going on a diet. When we find a diet that appeals to us, it seems as if it will be a breeze to do. But when we get into the nitty gritty of it, it becomes tough. For example, I stay on a low–carb diet almost all the time. But if I think about going on a low–fat diet, it looks easy. I think about bagels, whole wheat bread and jelly, mashed potatoes, corn, bananas by the dozen, etc. — all of which sound appealing. But were I to embark on such a low–fat diet I would soon tire of it and wish I could have meat and eggs. So a diet is easy in contemplation, but not so easy in the long–term execution.
Intermittent fasting is hard in the contemplation, of that there is no doubt. “You go without food for 24 hours?” people would ask, incredulously when we explained what we were doing. “I could never do that.” But once started, it’s a snap. No worries about what and where to eat for one or two out of the three meals per day. It’s a great liberation. Your food expenditures plummet. And you’re not particularly hungry. … Although it’s tough to overcome the idea of going without food, once you begin the regimen, nothing could be easier.
A few reasons I choose to implement intermittent fasting :
- Intermittent fasting simplifies your day
– By having less meals and/or days to plan for I can carry about my day. I usually just brew myself a cup of coffee in the morning and I’m on my way. Eating every three hours, cycling your protein and carbs, meal prep after meal prep… forget about it! This frees up my time for more meaningful things.
- You will feel energized
– Popular to what you may think, you will NOT feel tired, cranky, or lethargic. Once you’ve reprogrammed your body and mind to adjust to not having to eat at certain times, most people claim to feel less hungry, more energetic, and even entering a state of mental clarity.
- Intermittent fasting helps you live longer
– Restricting calories is a way of lengthening life, but who wants to restrict calories or starve themselves for the rest of their life for the sake of living longer? Intermittent fasting activates many of the same mechanisms for extending one’s life much life calorie restriction. This study found that alternate day fasts led to longer lifespans.
- Intermittent fasting is much easier to adhere to than your typical diet.
– Let’s face it, almost ANY diet can work. The reason most diets fail is because we don’t actually follow the diet over the long haul. In the end, it’s a behavioral problem vs a nutritional problem. This is where intermittent fasting has its time to shine. Instead of being a diet the methodology of intermittent fasting is easy to implement. This study found that intermittent fasting was an effective strategy for weight loss in obese adults. What more is that the individuals quickly adapted to an intermittent fasting routine. The fact that I can end my day with large satisfying meals while dieting seals the deal.
The method of intermittent fasting I chose to implement is from Brad Pillon’s EAT STOP EAT. It is the best resource out there on intermittent fasting. With EAT STOP EAT I found it very simple and incredibly effective to shed body fat as you’ll see below in my previous stint. I would suggest it as a good read even if you weren’t going to implement the exact protocol that Brad lays out in the book. It is by far the most informative literature with TONS of scientific references. If you have any questions along the way I’d be more than happy to help. Don’t forget to follow my own journey as I will be doing another 100 days of EAT STOP EAT
My results from my previous weight loss stint the end of 2013 to January 2014 using EAT STOP EAT. The difference between the before and after was 10 weeks and about 20 pounds, from 188 to 170 all without changing my diet (what I ate)
Also, feel free to browse the BLOG if you’re interested to catch my latest endeavors with using EAT STOP EAT to re-lose bodyfat after a roller coaster these past two years with that thing we call “life.” This past year alone I happened to put on a good 20 pounds of fat and lose some muscle. Let’s just say I almost completely stopped working out and binge ate and drank every day for a year. I’ll try to keep it updated as often as possible with my weight progress, diet, training, and supplementation. I will also delve deeper into intermittent fasting and give my thoughts on how to best maximize fat loss.