The sun is finally starting to shine through (here in Michigan), and summer is finally here! The lack of vitamin D during the colder months may have reduced your ambitions to stay on your workout program and shot your ability to reduce your food cravings. Well now is the time to get back after it before summer comes. In order to shed body fat while maintaining and even build muscle, you need to have a […]
Before you decide to change your lifestyle of eating, let me properly define what intermittent fasting (IF) is, and why you should use it.
What is Intermittent Fasting?
Intermittent fasting is one of the most discussed dietary concepts right now. Just like many other diet concepts, intermittent fasting (IF) is growing by leaps and bounds; however, unlike most of the other diets out there, IF is gaining ground despite challenging many assumptions and practices that we have had in regards to nutrition. It has changed my overall concepts on what I think about nutrition.
As I stumbled upon IF when I received an email from the great minds at Precision Nutrition, I realized that IF forces you to eat in the direct opposition of my past assumptions, and that along with the results is why more and more people are experimenting with this new form of eating. I am a firm believer that this is not just some trend. It’s a massive shift that will change the way people eat, maker their lives easier and move convenient, and reshape your body.
The most accurate definition is the simplest one: IF is alternating intervals of not eating (fasting period) with times where you are allowed to eat (feeding period). How long each window lasts depends on the method that you choose to use, and there are several ways you can implement IF into your lifestyle. That is the beauty of it, and why it works so well.
Each option has its benefits, and the choice really depends on your personal preference and lifestyle. In general, each plan is about 16-36 hours with several stops in between, and each strategy offers it’s own unique benefits.
Why Use IF?
Intermittent fasting provides two very important benefits that both relate to long term weight loss:
1. Fasting puts your body into the most efficient fat burning environment possible by stimulating your fat burning hormones and suppressing your fat gaining hormones.
2. Fasting is the ultimate lifestyle that people can attain to stay leaner in a much easier fashion. It also allows you to push a reset button on your eating, and never leave you feeling guilty if you overeat. If you decide to engage in IF, you can eat large calorie meals and not worry as much about the consequences. Since you fasted for a period of time you have limited the times that you can consume food, thus reducing your overall caloric intake.
Some Good Sources On IF
I am by no means the worlds leading expert on intermittent fasting. I have taken the time to learn from the best. I have included a list of top notch folks in the industry that know much more than I do. If you are still iffy about trying IF, take a look at some of these articles I have included. I could never cover everything there is to know about IF on my blog, so take the time to educate yourself even more.
Mark’s Daily Apple – Is Intermittent Fasting Healthy? One of the best websites out there for nutritional information. Mark also has links to many studies in his articles.
Leangains – Martin Berkhan is one of the “godfathers” of IF. HIs 16/8 method is my “go to” method of IF. here is a link to a great article that he wrote on Fitness Black Book – Scorch Through Your Fat Loss Plateau
JC Deen – Fasting For Fat Loss, Muscle Gain, and Easy Maintenance. JC goes through a lot of questions that people ask about the benefits of IF.
Brad Pilon – Another pioneer of IF, Brad has written a great book on his method, Eat, Stop, Eat. Here is a link where he has several articles that go over everything about IF – Introduction To Intermittent Fasting.
I could go on and on with great sources of people that I have learned intermittent fasting from, but this should be enough to chew on for a while. I will randomly give you some other sources in some of my future blogs.
In my next blog, I will outline the amazing benefits of intermittent fasting. After reading this blog on IF, I am sure you will be ready to make the lifestyle change.
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