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Bodybuilding and Fitness Newsletter 4/22/2020

Intermittent Fasting Good or Bad?

Intermittent Fasting Review

I have to be honest, I have put off trying intermittent fasting for a long time. Intermittent fasting is essentially not eating for anywhere from 24-36 hours. Plenty of religions do intermittent fasting as well as top athletes. I have researched, seen the benefits, and have talked with a lot of people who do it on an ongoing basis. I love to eat, and doing intermittent fasting was well, something that I have zero desire to try. I look forward to eating high quality local foods. However sticking with my approach of periodization for all things, I forced myself to give it a try and am currently doing intermittent fasting by following Brad Pilon's (MS) book Eat Stop Eat. I also want to decrease by body fat percentage from 10% to 8% just to give myself a new challenge. I have to say that I was not expecting the way I am handling the process as outlined in Eat Stop Eat. In this post I will go over the benefits of intermittent fasting, my experience thus far doing it, and if I think Eat Stop Eat is even worth you trying out.

Intermittent Fasting Background And Benefits

I first need to address that intermittent fasting is for fully grown adults, not developing youth. Secondly, intermittent fasting has been around since the caveman days, not by choice however due to limited food supply. So, one can argue that intermittent fasting has been programmed into our genome since the beginning of man. As noted in the opening paragraph, various religions for thousands of years have been using intermittent fasting. We are inundated with a plethora of food options at every turn today for those who live in a developed area. So, intermittent fasting has in a way been pushed into the shadows for millions of people.

From what I have been able to dig up, there are loads of benefits associated with intermittent fasting. Here are a few of them;

  1. It actually helps increase longevity. By adopting intermittent fasting, studies have shown that it increases the life span in rats as well as reducing brain insulin signaling.
  2. HGH levels increase which increases fat loss
  3. It has been proven to reduce metabolic syndrome markers
  4. It also helps lower triglycerides and LDL-C numbers
  5. Fee fatty acids are released for fuel instead of glucose (carbs) which increases fat burning
  6. Easy way to reduce caloric intake

These benefits alone are enough to take a look at intermittent fasting, there are a lot more but I thought I would give you a glimpse of a few of them. One hesitation I had about starting Eat Stop Eat was that my workout performance would decrease and I would lose lean muscle. I have to say this has not been the case. I did a bit more research on working out while doing intermittent fasting and there is a great deal of research pointing to even more benefits. It helps blunt glycogen breakdown which in turn increases fat burning, improves muscle protein synthesis by pushing amino acids into the muscles, as well as other benefits.

My Thoughts On Intermittent Fasting Using Eat Stop Eat Thus Far

I really thought I was going to have to give up a lot with Eat Stop Eat. That I would need to not eat for countless hours, have a strict diet, and so on. Well, I am happy to say this is not the case. The basic method to it is that you do two 24 hour fasts during the week, starting and stopping with a reasonable sized dinner. That is it, other than that eating reasonably well should be done. The fasting is even designed to not be on back to back days which is great. The other part about Eat Stop Eat is that it requires resistance training, and since I do that on an ongoing basis it was not hard for me to implement. Obviously this if just the cliff notes of Eat Stop Eat, and there is loads more information in the book that you should check out. So far with following it, I have to say I like it, and I thought I would hate it. Fasting two days a week has been great for my system, I am detoxifying my body just by doing this and have started to notice my six pack becoming more noticeable. I don't know if I would stick with the two days a week for the long term, but will do one day a week for the foreseeable future.

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