Author: Brett Douglas
Hello loyal anytime fitness members, Coach Brett here with a popular topic to discuss with you. Within the past 18 months I’ve frequently been asked, do I do intermittent fasting, and do I recommend it. Well let’s discuss this way of eating a bit deeper and hopefully by the end you will be able to make an educated decision for yourself if it’s something that may interest you.
What is Intermittent fasting? Well, it’s a form of eating designed to increase energy, accelerate fat-loss, use fat as energy, and provide natural detoxification of your body. You can do this by picking windows of times you eat vs times you do not eat. For example, a 16:8 hour window which would be 16 hours of the day you are fasting (only drinking water or tea/coffee) and 8 hours of the day you are able to fuel your body through nutrition. This is the basics behind intermittent fasting, you can choose different windows such as 16:8 or 20:4 depending what your schedule allows.
Is it safe for me to fast for so long? My simple answer is yes, we were created similar to wild mammals to fast. Think in caveman times when no one knew when your next meal would come, similar to other mammals in the wild, our metabolism is built to sustain energy and function with minimal food. Where you can get in trouble is by eating the wrong nutrition when you do refeed, or if you under eat the required amount of calories your body requires. Over time this can cause muscle loss, hormonal imbalances, and other medical conditions that are unfavorable. So if you choose to do intermittent fasting and you’re unsure of your personal nutritional requirements I recommend you set up a consultation with a health professional to be certain you have these important statistics.
What are the benefits of fasting? Why I love intermittent fasting is that it causes your body to use fat as energy instead of carbohydrates. So not only will you notice fat loss, and who doesn’t love that, but you’ll also notice a clarity in mental function. Your brain uses fat as food, a fact many people don’t realize, so when you teach your body to use fat as your main source of energy you’ll notice better sustained energy and more clarity, it’s magical. Another benefit is the freedom of cooking less, typically you’ll cut down 1 meal a day by intermittent fasting, and some people only eat 1 meal and a large snack which really frees up your day for other productive activities. Because you’re fasting for so many hours during the day, it’s also very difficult to gain fat while using this form of eating, so if you struggle with losing weight and putting it back on again, some call this yo-yoing, this is a sure fire way to keep the body fat gone!
In summary, intermittent fasting isn’t for everyone and the first 5 days as your teaching your body to not be hungry can be hell for most of us, but I believe there’s more benefits than disadvantages to this style of feeding your body. It’s important you know the proper daily caloric and nutrition needs before you start, so consult a trained professional. Lastly, make no mistake this style of eating, like any diet, will be recognized over time, meaning your body will eventually adapt and fat loss results will slow. So I recommend this style for anyone who struggles with energy, sugar cravings, and time to make 3-4 meals daily. If you’re looking for a quick way to lose fat, I do not recommend intermittent fasting as the only secret in losing fat is using free weights, good nutrition, and cardiovascular activities.
I appreciate you taking the time to read my article and I look forward to sending you more quality scholar wellness info!