I don't wanna start a lengthy discussion on whether there is enough scientific or anecdotal evidence that supports intermittent fasting as an effective solution for losing fat. To be honest, I couldnít care less what some academics conclude in their studies or what 3 guys down the gym say. Nothing works for everyone and everything works for someone.
Iím only interested in what works for me and intermittent fasting is doing the job.
Iíve been following IF for 2 months and Iíve lost about 7lbs of lard but reckon Iíve put on at least 3lbs of muscle. Strength is well up and I generally feel good. I know these arenít exactly mind blowing numbers but bear with me and Iíll explain why I find IF so effective.
First, a few points worth noting:
ē I donít calorie/macronutrient count.
ē Although my diet is generally Ďcleaní, Iím no way near as restricted as I have been in the past.
ē I lax things somewhat over the weekend and treat myself to least one takeout/junk meal.
ē Hunger throughout the fasting period is no problem at all.
ē Eating during the non fasting period leaves me very full.
Iím following a pretty simple IF pattern, eating only between 1:00pm and 9:00pm daily. This fits well for me as my weakness has always been munching in the evenings, which is now not a problem. Hunger during the fast is no more than Iíve experienced in the past. By midday I do start to feel quite hungry and look forward to Ďkicking thingsí off at 1.
Perhaps the only problem (if you wanna call it that) that I initially experienced is managing to eat enough to hit my target calories/macronutrients. I found eating about 2,300Kcal in 8 hours tough going on some days, especially given that I was so used to eating 6+ small meals over an entire day. After 2 weeks of this I packed in calorie counting and now just eat as much as I want. I donít come close to being hungry during the 8 hours of eating which leaves me ample room should I want to lower the calories for some serious cutting.
I find IF so easy to do that I wouldnít call it a Ďdietí in the traditional sense. To me, itís a lifestyle choice and is now just my normal eating pattern.
I know there are advocates that swear by the many claimed health benefits of IF like reduce blood pressure, reduce cholesterol levels etc.. Ė who knows. All I do know that IF is working very well for me, very easy to do and is a way of eating that Iíll probably stick to long term. Iím not saying IF is for everyone but itís working very well for me and I wanted to share my experience with you all.