An Introduction to Intermittent Fasting

09:04 Fitness 2021 0 Comments

In the past our ancestors used to go for days without food, and then they would find some food and feast. Our ancestors used to be hunters, and not all hunts were successful, so depending on whether they caught some buck or not they would go without food for days and then have lots of food when they caught the buck. I am pretty sure that they ate fruit from trees as well but that is not food, fruit is a mere snack.  I am also pretty sure that were more concerned with staying alive than having a balanced diet (which is important, but it’s not what I am discussing today). The periods of eating and not eating of ancient humans, and the meat (protein and fats based diet of the past) diet they used served them well at the time, after all they survived (proven by our existence).
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In today’s world of obesity, a way we can resemble the eating patterns of the past is by using their system of periodical feasting and fasting. Even though for us it is optional, for them it was not by choice. We call resemble this periodical eating, intermittent fasting, it has been found to have many benefits which include losing fat and having lean muscular bodies like our forefathers.

What is intermittent fasting?

Intermittent fasting  is a method used for weight loss, to gain lean muscle whereby you don’t actually have to be on a diet but you control the periods when you eat and when you don’t eat (only consume water, chew some gum and maybe have a cup of coffee without sugar of course). It has different results for everyone depending on your level of activity and how healthy your diet is to your body fat composition and insulin resistance level. A person who has a higher body fat (an overweight or obese person) I feel would be better served by a proper diet and workout program first before they could see real dramatic results from using intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting works well for those who have that stubborn layer of stomach fat that is preventing them from being shredded. Intermittent fasting is helpful if you are already lean and you want to stay lean all year round with minimal effort whilst eating what you want.

The Two Main Ways to Use Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting lifestyles are designed to fit in with your lifestyle and activity levels, so each person has to adapt each intermittent fasting protocol to their lifestyle. There are two common approaches to intermittent fasting, the daily shorter fasts or the longer (24 hours) but less frequent fast which are done a couple times per week.

Daily intermittent fasting – Is done every day, or on most days of the week, in this type of approach one has an 8 hour window in which to consume their daily meals. This means that you fast for 16 hours of your day. You do this by skipping breakfast and having your first meal around lunch time, and your last meal at around 8pm. You can eat 3 meals evenly spaced in that 8 hour window or maybe two large meals during that eight hour window.

Weekly 24 hour fast – this is a method whereby you fast for 24hours straight for 1-2 days per week, Note that this does not mean you will not consume food during that day it only means if you have a meal at 7pm on Wednesday then you will fast till 7pm on Thursday. This is the more difficult fasting method when compared to the daily intermittent fast.

Other ways of fasting:

As I said before, each person could experiment and find an intermittent fasting method which works for them, an example of another method is to have an alternating day intermittent fast or you could fast for 5 days of the week and eat normally for the remaining two days. It depends on what suites you, but it is important not to over eat on days when you are not fasting so that you get the best results. The good thing about intermittent fasting it’s that it gives you discipline, to control yourself and your desire for food, it gives a strong self control that even on days when you are not fasting, you think about the food you decide to put in your body, you think before you have that late night snack because when you are fasting, late night times are usually after your feeding period so you do not have mid night snacks which will not be used up by your body but stored as fat.

Benefits of intermittent fasting

Intermittent fasting reduces blood glucose and insulin levels, it also keeps your metabolism strong which is good for burning calories so they are not stored in your body as fats, it is useful for maintaining lean muscle mass and it increases hormones such as growth hormone, glucagon and adrenaline which aid in torching body fat and also it decreases blood pressure.

This post is a more in dept post on intermittent fast, to help anyone who does not know of intermittent fasting, I have written about intermittent fasting before in other blog posts and have shown and discussed my experiences using intermittent fasting.

Here are some of those posts:

The end of 6 weeks of intermittent fasting and compound exercise combo
The intermittent fasting bulk

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