15 Jun Is Intermittent Fasting Right For You?
Is Intermittent Fasting Right For You?
I cannot believe I have written almost 50 articles for this website and never written one detailing who can benefit from Intermittent Fasting (IF) and what IF actually consists of! The thoughts most people conjure up when they think about fasting is of some sort of starvation diet that leads to eating disorders and ill health. This couldn’t be further from the truth and I think it is about time I sat down and gave you my thoughts on this lifestyle and how it might be the key that you have been looking for to help you take back control of your life, your eating habits and to get you into shape to live a long life doing the things you love, with the people you love.
What Is Intermittent Fasting?
Intermittent Fasting is a weight loss and lifestyle strategy that focuses more on when you eat and not necessarily what you eat. With that said, I want to put a VERY large caveat in at this time….What you eat is still very important and some time and effort still needs to go into making sure you are getting in everything you need in order for you to have a well balanced and rounded diet. What I mean by that previous statement is, that unlike other diets such as Paleo, The Southbeach Diet, Low Carb, High Fat, FODMAP and the 1000 others I could have reeled off, IF allows you to choose the foods you wish to include and moves to talking about changing when you eat them.
Intrigued? Well Read On…..
Choose the foods that you love to eat, include them in your everyday diet and just change the time you eat them and you will get shredded, feel great and life will never be the same again. Well, not quite and let me explain why.
Just like any other “program or “plan” or Abdominal Roller you see on the TV, IF still needs to be couple with some very core principals, which you can read more about in other articles I have written (HERE, HERE and HERE). What those articles will tell you in much more detail is that building a foundation of consistency, hard work and patience are KEY to you finding success on any weight loss journey. If you can do this, I am positive that Intermittent Fasting is the missing link that we have all needed in our overall health and wellbeing and by adopting this lifestyle you WILL live a Happy, Healthy and Long Life.
Variations Of Intermittent Fasting
There are a number of ways to include a fasting protocol into your lifestyle and I have listed a few of the more popular below for you to look over. My suggestion would be for you to try each one of them for a minimum of 2 weeks (4 weeks would work best) and see how you and your body respond. After spending 2-4 weeks testing each of them and determining which one work best for you, you can then begin working on other aspects of your health and weight loss journey and bringing it all together to become your new lifestyle.
This is my favourable way of fasting and is what MY BOOK is all about. This method has you skipping a meal for the day and eating just 2 meals with an afternoon snack (fruit or something small). As the title of my book suggests, my opinion is that you would benefit most by skipping breakfast and leaving lunch and dinner as your only meals for the day. You could also try eating only breakfast and lunch and missing out on dinner. Both work great, however, I have found that most of my clients and people who have tried skipping dinner have found it to be very difficult to include into their life,
as we all tend to gear most of our social gatherings around dinner time.
Alternate Day Fasting
This form of fasting can take a number of different forms and all can be beneficial to your health and weight loss goal. Again, it is a matter of finding a way that works best for you and sticking with it long term. You could try eating in a 12 hour window and then fast for the next 36 hours, or eat over a 24 hour window and then fast for 24 hours. I have even read about people fasting for 3 straight days every month as a way to include fasting into their life. It all comes down to Calories Consumed V’s Calories Burnt and if that equation over time works out in favour of what your goals are (calorie deficit for weight loss, calorie surplus for weight gain and calorie maintenance for health) then you are good to go. I would suggest trying a few of the shorter fasting windows to begin with and should you wish to try some of the longer fasting windows, try them later down the track when your body has become better adapted at using fat as a fuel source.
This version of fasting is more commonly known as the 5:2 diet and was popularised by Dr Mike Mosley when he wrote a book on it. This version has you severely restrict your food intake on any two days of the week (less than 500 calories) and then have you eat regularly for the other 5 days of the week. Dr Mosley is a highly regarded researcher, Doctor and TV Journalist and has written a number of books since, one of which is on his new 800 calorie diet. There is a lot of very interesting info on this very restrictive diet that goes against everything we have heard and been taught for years, however, it just goes to show again the power that a fasting lifestyle can have for you in a variety of different ways.
Is Intermittent Fasting Right For You?
I want to be clear, Intermittent Fasting is not just for those of you looking to lose weight. It is my firm belief that EVERYONE on the planet will benefit by adopting a fasting lifestyle and it shouldn’t be looked at as a just a weight loss tool. Look at any of my client transformations and see the diverse range of people I have worked with. They are the young, the old, the fit, the unfit and every shade of grey in between. If you have been looking to lose weight and feel happier and healthier than you have ever felt in your life, then intermittent fasting is definitely for you. If you are looking to gain muscle, improve your cognitive ability, increase your athletic performance, help with inflammation and recovery from exercise and a whole host of other potential benefits, then I strongly suggest you give intermittent fasting a go as it could be what you have been looking for to reach your health and wellness goals.
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