Some of you may be reading this and be like “Intermittent fasting (IF)?  That can’t be healthy” or “What the heck is intermittent fasting?”.  I’m sure that some of you may unknowingly practice this already.  Some may be intrigued and some may be put off by the idea of caloric restriction.  What I’m sure many of you are unaware of are all the potential health benefits.

For those of you who haven’t heard of IF or done the research you are probably saying that I am just throwing shit against the wall and seeing how much sticks.  That may be partially true since I have zero anecdotal evidence but I plan on doing as much research as possible before becoming my own guinea pig.

So far, from what I understand the potential health benefits are:

  • Increased fatty acid oxidation
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Maintenance of lean mass (muscle)
  • Reduced blood glucose and insulin levels
  • Reduced oxidative damage
  • Increased cellular stress resistance (esp. heart and brain)
  • Reduced risk of degenerative diseases associated with aging (cancer, heart attacks, diabetes, Alzheimers)

Other benefits that are not directly physiological are not being a slave to food, ease of planning meals more carefully/healthfully, saving money by buying/wasting less, enjoying the tastes of real food and having a better overall relationship with food.

Fatloss?  Saving moolah?  Better health?  Maintaining muscle?

I hope I have at least peaked your interest with this one.  It might just be the key to living a longer healthier life and also helping you shed those final layers of fat.

I am going to keep this post short since I have just begun digging on the subject but I will share the two methodologies that seem to be the most popular in the field.  

Eat Stop Eat by Brad Pilon – This is a 24hr fast performed once or twice a week.  In his book, Brad covers intermittent fasting with substantial research along with other topics that cover health, metabolism, body comp., and hormonal effects.  So far, this may be the best book on the subject on the market.  Definitely a must read if you are interested in IF.

Lean Gains by Martin Berkhan – This is based off a 16hr fast followed by an 8hr feed methodology.  If there is one guy who really knows his shit, Martin is that man.  He has had much success working with clients and athletes and has done every ounce of research on IF.  He puts more emphasis on pre- and post- workout nutrition as compared to other IF diets.

My goal is to do my own research for the next month, contact each of these brilliant guys and set up a mini-interview that I will share with all of you, and also try each method and report on whats going on inside my body/head.  I will also share pictures of my progress and strength maintenance/gains.

“That which is written shall be done” – Some Dude

Written by Steve