Since I've been having a bit of a rough time transitioning into my bulking phase, I've decided to give the whole "Intermittent Fasting" thing a try again. I mean, what better way to give you guys REAL advice on certain diets/eating patterns than by trying them myself?
The main reason why I abandoned my Intermittent Fasting trial last year was because my work schedule shifted very drastically and I found that I had to keep shifting my "eating window" from day to day in order to actually feel FED and not go hungry at night. (And that's not really how IF works....) But, lately I've been feeling pretty relaxed with my eating habits and want to try something that will keep me focused on something more structured again.
Read BELOW if you're interested in learning more about intermittent fasting!
What is Intermittent Fasting (IF)?
IF is an eating pattern, NOT a diet. It doesn't tell you what foods to eat, but WHEN to eat them. Essentially, IF is the practice of eating within a smaller window of time (usually 8 hours) and fasting for the rest of the day (16 hours). You should still be consuming the SAME amount of calories as you usually would - just the time frame changes!
After the feeding window ends, how does the body react to IF?
For a couple of hours, the body will still rely on nutrients provided from your last meal, but once there isn't any fuel remaining, the body will begin changing hormone levels to make stored body fat more accessible. Your body’s cells also change the expression of genes & initiate important cellular repair processes.
What is the ultimate goal?
IF is a very effective way to lose weight & promote fat loss while trying to retain as much muscle as possible. It may boost your metabolism slightly, while ultimately helping you eat fewer calories as the body tends not to want to overeat when consuming an entire day’s worth of calories in such a small window.
PS - Feel free to Contact Me if you’re interested in learning more about intermittent fasting!