Actually, after re-reading this, I’m not sure it clears anything up other than, fasting, when done correctly, is BAD-ASS!
Anyway, on with the post
Personally, it does my head in when people comment on things they don’t understand.
You’ve got the trainers who get their education in men’s health commenting on everything- yet they don’t have a single ‘before and after picture’ or success story to back up their so called ‘knowledge’.
Then you’ve got the ‘colleagues’ of clients who read Heat magazine, do zumba or boxercise once a month, watch the biggest loser and exercise on their wii-fit once a week.
You know who I’m talking about right?
Well I’ve wanted to put this piece together for quite a while now, not really to shut those doubters up (that’s normally my style, with a few f-bombs thrown in for good measure), but because, I feel it’s my duty to educate people on the facts and fallacies of health, nutrition and this particular subject – The hotly disputed topic of ‘Intermittent Fasting’
Before we go on I’d like to point out for the ‘know-it-all-knobheads’ that this is NOT ‘Starving yourself’ and it is NOT ‘making yourself ill/bad for your health’
In fact, just by saying that shows your haven’t read a single article or book on the subject. Fool.
Good, now we can move on.
I actually GET why you would dismiss it as a means of improving health and aiding you in a quest for a leaner body.
After all, it pretty much goes against everything I’ve learnt about nutrition for fat loss.
You know, ” Little and often”, “eat every two hours to keep the metabolism stoked’ etc etc
Bodybuilders do this and they’re in great shape too.
Yup – this worked for me and my clients for a long time.
NB: The ‘studies’ on eating 6 meals a day actually show that we only burn a MASSIVE 40 calories extra PER DAY… I think I burn that scratching my balls.
NNB: I am, however, of the opinion that eating little and often can be beneficial for people who have difficulty controlling blood sugar.
In fact, I pretty much wrote of fasting as a ‘Ridiculous Fad’.
Probably like you are now.
Yet despite me getting great results with our clients, this intermittent fasting thing wouldn’t go away.
I could no longer ignore it.
So you know what, I opened my mind and bit the bullet.
I’d suggest you do the same. Open your mind that is.
After all, if you’re looking to get in shape- you want to know the best way – right?
If you’re a trainer- you want to know the best ways to get your clients in shape I assume?
Here’s what I did:
I read a lot on the subject- mainly from the book Eat.Stop.Eat by Brad Pilon, from Martin Berkhan over at leangains.com
1. Tried it on myself and a small team of guinea pigs. The results blew my mind.
2. I used it in the Get Lean Project and the results were OUTRAGEOUS.
You see, despite it being perceived as ‘unhealthy and starvation’ it actually has solid evidence to back it up.
Oh and my clients LOVE it, I LOVE it and it’s EASY.
It’s a no brainer. IF it’s done properly.
You see, it would be easy just to view it as skipping meals or simply not eating for 24 hours.
Clearly, it wouldn’t be beneficial to skip a meal or not eat all day and then binge on junk food once it’s over.
That’s ASKING for trouble.
In fact, in this short note it’s proving quite difficult to explain the whole thing.
Dr John Beradi recently published a BAD-ASS report on his experiments with fasting – you can find that over at http://www.precisionnutrition.com/intermittent-fasting
It really is superb and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
There are, of course, lots of variations of intermittent fasting and it’s not my job to tell you to do it or how I use it currently with clients.
In case you’re interested though – we use two 17 hour fasts and a full 24 hour fast a week.
For some great info on the 16/8 method of fasting check out Martin Berkhans great work over at http://leangains.com
In the meantime, I’ll get back to clearing a few things up.
If it’s more scientific facts you’re after, check out Eat.Stop.Eat, which publishes studies showing improvements in:
•Growth Hormone Levels
•Blood Glucose Levels
You really should go check that out as well as Dr Beradi’s report
“Surely your energy is low while fasting? After all, you have no fuel.”
Nope. In fact, you’ll find quite the opposite.
Because you’re not on an insulin roller coaster, you may find you have MORE energy and MORE mental clarity.
“Skipping breakfast is bad for you.”
The ‘studies’ do indeed show this BUT they also don’t show what was eaten at the first meal of the day. If you eat crap, that’s bound to happen.
My clients have skipped ‘traditional’ breakfast time for a few months now and the results are redonkulous.
They are still actually having breakfast – just a lot later. Think about it ‘beak’- ‘fast’
Still with me?
“I don’t care what you or the other experts say Paul, starving yourself is bad for you”
Okay so here’s the deal… I’ve shown you the benefits above. You’ve probably seen the before and after pictures of some of the people I’ve worked with who’ve used my system.
You can choose to be open-minded, read more about it and try it.
Or you can bury your head in the sand and keep doing what you’re doing.