Dear Henry, Intermittent Fasting is the process of taking a break from eating for a certain period of time. There are a number of different ways of doing intermittent fasting, but if you are looking to use intermittent fasting to help you lose or control your weight, then the most important thing is to find an approach that works best for you.
Weight loss occurs when you ensure that you are creating a calorie deficit. Even with intermittent fasting you must consume fewer calories than you need in order to lose weight.
There is some debate about the ideal length of the fasting period. It would take a bit of time to get used to fasting 24-36 hours, without going crazy with hunger, and then gorging when the fast is finally broken. Some people are using this protocol as a green light to binge, and that can create disordered eating patterns. We are not hunters and gatherers anymore. Many of us live in an abundant world where we can eat regularly, and we also live in a world where we sit more than we ever have before! The idea response to this modern situation is to learn good eating habits and create a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise. If we were constantly marching or climbing to find food, burning a massive amount of calories on a daily basis, we would earn that feast at the end of the day. However, this is no longer how the vast majority of us live. Nowadays we sit in our offices, sit on the couch, sit in the car, and lay down in bed more than ever before.
In my opinion, all diets work as long as you can stick to the diet. If fasting doesn’t fit into your lifestyle, and you are hungry all the time, and being hungry makes you feel miserable, then this is not the plan for you. So try to figure out what works for you, and what you can sustain over the long term. As for me, I fast only when I sleep, and also do cardio, lift heavy weights, drink water, eat a couple of larger meals then a few smaller ones every day, and finally I have plenty of orgasms to relieve stress. That’s my ticket to being lean!
Deanna Harder: Fitness Leadership Diploma, CSEP-CPT (Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology-Certified Personal Trainer), and Figure Competitor. She will be back on stage, competing in figure, on June 1 2013.