Let me caveat this post with the statement that I am not a doctor, nor am I a nutritionalist. However, I am quite experienced with Intermittent Fasting and have been adhering to the protocol for over 3+ years now religiously.
The eating schedule prescribed alone is not going to suddenly turned you into a shredded Greek god overnight, but this little fitness hack has helped me achieve a number of fitness and weight loss goals relatively easily.
That said, if you receive any diet advice from anyone saying they’ve got the secret sauce to shortcut you to the body you want please take this with a grain of salt because they’re trying to sell you something. At the end of the day, all “diets” work because they put you into a calorie deficit over an extended period of time.
But before we get into all the details, let’s rewind for a moment.
I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “success isn’t a destination, it’s the person you become along the way” right? Here’s my take on that, you will never be truely “successful” unless you become that person in ALL areas of your life.
There’s not much use in being filthy rich with an amazing business but horribly overweight (or underweight) or being in amazing shape but having your finances and love life in a shambles. Or to put it another way, you can’t take care of anyone else if you don’t take care of yourself first. That’s why they tell you to put your own air mask on when the plane is going down before helping the person next to you.
Without getting too woo-woo and meta on this, the universe knows this and along your journey it will keep throwing up reminders that you need to excel in all of these areas. Ignore these at your peril.
In my case, it felt like I wasn’t able to move other areas of my life forward until I truely got this handled. Getting my health in check has allowed me to work harder on business, lifted my mood and vibrational energy allowing me to connect better with people and has taught me discipline that has transferred to getting my finances in check and reading more.
I’ve found it has been a foundational pillar of building my positive upward spiral quite simply because when you feel like you’re succeeding with your weight and body, you naturally want to eat better, so you want to work out more – long story short, upwards spiral achieved and momentum generated which you can then transfer to other areas of your life.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s talk about the WHY.
Firstly, in comparison to having no diet plan any diet plan is going to be an improvement regardless if you’re eating Paleo, Intermittent Fasting, Low-Carb, Keto etc. The reason for this is discipline, by having a plan to stick to and doing it every day you start to build that muscle of discipline and following through.
I like Intermittent Fasting for the very reason that it is challenging. Everyday you have to push through a little bit of discomfort and over time you get used to handling discomfort and succeeding in spite of it.
Intermittent Fasting increases hormonal signals that tell you when to stop eating (to avoid overeating). This is one of the biggest benefits I’ve noticed, i actually stop eating when I’ve had enough!
Intermittent Fasting increases Insulin and Leptin sensitivity lowering diabetes risk, heart disease risk and cancer risk.
Intermittent Fasting when done properly, you’ll shift your body’s main fuel source to ketones turning yourself into a fat burning machine!
Intermittent Fasting will also decrease Triglycerides (reducing heart disease risk), Inflammation and Free Radical Damage and Body Fat and risk of metabolic disease.
That’s only half the equation, you do need to realise positive results on that path to lock the behaviour in. So coupled with any Intermittent Fasting protocol (or any diet for that matter), you need to become more aware of the calories you’re taking in and how much you’re burning.
I wrote another post here where I share how I manage this myself.
This part is simple.
Intermittent Fasting is… A long period of no food intake, followed by a relatively short period of eating.
I’ve found what works best for my schedule is a 16/8 split. 16 hours where I don’t eat, 8 hours where I do. Simple.
This includes sleeping time, so my usual routine each and every day includes:
6am – Fasted Workout
7:30am – Black Coffee & Water
12pm – Breakfast (usually something high in protein and good fats like avocado or salmon)
3pm – Meal #2
5pm – Meal #3
7:30pm – Meal #4
Then I don’t eat again until the following day at 12pm.
I follow this protocol 7 days a week, 365 days a year. I find this suits my lifestyle the best and allows me to really focus on training and work in the first part of my day when will power is strongest. The meals throughout the afternoon give me an opportunity to unplug and refocus and then I can spend the rest of the afternoon taking care of less will power intensive tasks.
Read this far and want a BONUS little Intermittent Fasting tip to implement the protocol into your diet stupid easy?
Let me know how you’ve gone with your diet goals and if you’ve tried Intermittent Fasting before in the comments below.
Success and nothing less!