My Experiences With Intermittent Fasting

My Experiences With Intermittent Fasting

If you’ve been anywhere near a computer in the last year or so and done any type of searching for ways to lose fat, I guarantee you’ve come across Intermittent Fasting at one point or another. Here, here and here are three of best resources I’ve come across. They all have there pros and cons, but perusing all of them and taking what makes sense and works for your own personal situation is exactly how I got to where I am today. 

Which is here…

Yes...I took a douchey mirror picture. Judge me all you want World!

Over a year and half after first trying my hand at Intermittent Fasting, I have yet to go back to counting calories and have stayed the leanest I’ve been for the longest amount of time ever.

Intermittent fasting (IF) is a pattern of eating that alternates between periods of fasting (usually meaning consumption of water only) and non-fasting. A specific form of IF is alternate day fasting (ADF), which is a 48-hour routine typically composed of a 24-hour fast followed by a 24-hour non-fasting period. (ADF is also sometimes referred to as every other day (EOD) fasting, or sometimes every other day feeding (EODF).)Just in case there is anyone who isn’t quite familiar with what Intermittent Fasting is, take a gander at this excerpt from the ever quoted Wikipedia…

So it’s exactly what you’re doing already, which is alternating between periods of eating and periods of not eating. Except now you’re extending the “not eating” period for longer than you are right now. In theory, incredibly easy. In practice, also incredibly easy. But we’ll get to that at the end.

Where I heard about Intermittent Fasting

The first time I had heard about Intermittent Fasting was randomly cruising the web and getting sent to Martin Berkhan’s site LeanGains. The guy is absolutely ripped and from the pictures he posts, stays that way throughout the year. The old school body building methodology of bulking and cutting gets completely thrown out the window when you see his results.

From there I knew I had to try it. But, at first, I was skeptical that I could go for the amount of time Martin suggests (16 hours) without eating anything. So after a few google searches I came across Ori Hofmekler and his “Warrior Diet”. Coincidently, Ori’s methods called for fasting for up to 20 hours each day, but he specifically made exemptions for either very small ( under 150 calories) or snacking on green veggies all day.

Snacking on veggies all day was something I knew I could force myself to do. So the next few weeks I crunched on raw broccoli and spinach all day and then pigged out each night for dinner. At first I wasn’t sure if I was pigging out each night was something I could do, but eventually I got the hang of it. Eating all of your days worth of food in one meal is very difficult. Luckily after re-reading his “Warrior Diet” I realized I had four hours for a feeding period and not just a single sitting. After that it was much more bearable.

My results up to this point (roughly 2 months) weren’t too shabby. I had always had a bit of a gut from trying to put on weight for football, and almost immediately it started shrinking. Good news for me.

Next up my random google searching led me to Brad Pilon and his “Eat Stop Eat” program. Reading “Eat Stop Eat” and the posts up on LeanGains gave me more than enough scientific proof to know that Intermittent Fasting is by far the best approach to eating.

Pros/Cons of the Types of Intermittent Fasting

Warrior Diet Pros:

  • Easiest (in my mind) way to get into fasting considering he suggests snacking on veggies throughout the day. This eases any hunger pangs you might get and gives you plenty of reason to eat more veggies. Win-win.

Warrior Diet Cons:

  • Eating one big meal, no matter how spread out it is, can be uncomfortable. The bulging full feeling you get when eating all of your days calories in one sitting was almost unbearable. For someone who only eats around 2000 calories a day it might not be an issue, but I’ve been up and above 3200 calories for as long as I can remember. That’s just too much.

LeanGains Pros:

  • Insane client results. Just look at LeanGains.com and you’ll see.

LeanGains Cons:

  • The prescribed fasting period is over night, making the fast that much easier, with the first meal around lunch. The other part of the program is to workout directly before breaking the fast. This is an issue for people who can’t make their own schedules or don’t have a lunch break long enough to workout, eat, and then clean up.

Eat Stop Eat Pros:

  • A once or twice weekly 24 hour fast seems like a lot, but the way Brad breaks it down makes it easier. Just like LeanGains, Eat Stop Eat uses the time you sleep to your advantage, making the fasting period much more bearable. The way it’s suggested is to just skip dinner, go to sleep, and then fast all the next day until dinner. When dinner time comes around you eat like you normally would.

The Next Chapter of Intermittent Fasting

John Romaniello from Roman Fitness Systems and Dan “The Fat Loss Ninja” Go just dropped the next chapter in Intermittent Fasting…

Fat Loss Forever.

Knowing these two guys and the amount of dedication they have for fat loss (just look at the pictures) tells me that Fat Loss Forever is going to top all of the Intermittent Fasting Resources out there to day. These two have lived, breathed, and studied anything and everything Intermittent Fasting for the last year. Everything from nutrient timing, to cheating on the diet, and even including everything you could want to know about manipulating your hormones to get the most out of Fat Loss Forever is included.

Fat Loss Forever was just released at midnight and is set up to give the greatest value to those who buy in the next three days. Needless to say, the sooner you buy the more bonuses and special gifts you’ll get. These guys have some awesome tricks up their sleeves to blow you away, so make sure you go snag your copy now.

Click here to get your copy of Fat Loss Forever

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Comments

  1. Interesting article. I find that fasting every Sunday is a good thing for me, just drink water, lots of it.

    • mikeinscho says:

      Same here. Whenever I feel like the hunger pangs might be getting too much I’ll just down a few glasses of water. Works every time.

  2. Mike,

    What’s your recommendation for weekend nights and partying? I don’t party hardly at all anymore, but every once in a while I like to stay out late and drink copious amounts of booze. Do you shift your fast window, or do you just chalk it up as a cheat day and start fresh the next day? Also, I miss you.

    • mikeinscho says:

      If you’re super hardcore you can follow the steps here.

      If not, you can do what I usually do. I’ll fast during the day, go workout at some point, then eat a mostly protein and veggies meal. It’s similar to what the link above goes into, but not exact. The day after, whether it’s a diet cheat or a binge drinking session, I’ll usually fast up until dinner and then just have a veggie omelet. Couldn’t tell you the science behind it, I just know it works for me.

      For whatever logical reason I’ve found that doing a cheat day and binge drinking session never work out well for me. Usually because I’m a sugar loving fat kid on the inside and will eat Oreos and lucky charms all day, followed by pint after pint of IPAs in the evening.

      PS – Have you seen Dilbert lately? We should do that…