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Intermittent Fasting, Week 8. Personal Experiences, Results, and a Few References.
Forget about eating five smaller meals. Grazing or snacking is definitely OUT. Fasting is IN.
Feeling great, burning fat, preserving lean mass.
What is Intermittent Fasting?
There are many variations on the intermittent fasting (IF) theme. Some recommend fasting two days per week, say Monday and Thursday. Others suggest fasting for 16-20 hours per day, four to six days per week. The plan I have been following is a feeding period of 4-6 hours per day and fasting for 18-20 hours each day. I am allowing one cheat day every week or two.
* The Warrior Diet (20/4 hrs fast/feed).
* The Fast-5 Diet. (19/5 hrs fast/feed).
* Leangains (16/8 hrs fast/feed).
* Eat. Stop. Eat. (24 hour fast, twice per week.)
Benefits of Intermittent Fasting?
By allowing the digestive system more downtime, the body goes into a type of healing mode. New brain cells grow. Insulin response changes for the better. There is a shift to burning more fat for energy. Many other benefits are being discovered and scientifically studied. (See the links at the bottom: Ready, Set, Fast.)
Tips for Beginning Fasting
Check with your doctor before beginning fasting. From my experience, I was concerned about low blood sugar. The first two days I felt a bit light headed and shaky in the afternoons. Whenever I felt hungry, I made sure to drink a lot of water, which I discovered was a good appetite suppressant. It may be best to ease into fasting. Start by skipping breakfast for a few days.
By the third day my body was adjusting to longer periods without food. After two weeks, it was easy. My mood was good, mental focus was clear, and I had plenty of energy. My relationship with food had begun to change. I began to be more comfortable with a detachment from food. Intermittent fasting may be the easiest way to change body composition.
Week 8 Results
So far, after the first eight weeks, lost 12 lbs. and one inch around the waist. Feeling liberated from the need to eat breakfast and lunch. Planning to continue until I have lost 25 lbs. or 2 inches around the waist, whichever comes first.
With some background and training in fitness consulting and nutrition, this whole idea went against a lot of common wisdom from the 1980s and 1990s, so I did a lot of reading before jumping into this two months ago. These are a few of many good references that I found.
Eat, Fast and Live Longer with Michael Mosley (BBC / PBS)
British journalist and physician Michael Mosley has set himself an ambitious goal: to live longer, stay younger and lose weight, while making as few changes to his life as possible. Find out if the ancient idea of fasting holds the secret to a longer, healthier life.
AIR DATE: 04/03/2013; EXPIRES: 05/03/2013 (video is now online at PBS.org)
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