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February 7, 2010

Almost a month ago I introduced a concept new to this blog called Intermittent Fasting.  I meant to bring that back up sooner than today, so my apologies.  But at long last, I’m writing about I.F. (intermittent fasting) for those curious about this approach to health.

For the purposes of this post, I’m calling Intermittent Fasting a “Primal” tool.  Grok the Caveman did not have it like we do today.  Grok had to hunt for food and I’m sure there were times he simply had nothing in the cave’s fridge for the family to enjoy.  For us today, food is highly accessible and almost too much so.  Many weight loss or fitness plans of the past would have you believe you must eat multiple meals to keep the metabolism amped up, etc.  Research is now showing that to be untrue.

I.F. is simply this:  skipping a meal or meals within a 24-36 hour window.  There is question over the length and its legitimacy, so I’m sticking with 24 hours presently as the maximum time frame.  So, why would you want to skip a meal?  Won’t that hurt me or cause my body to go into “starvation mode?”  Great questions, so let’s dig in.

Many people attempt dieting by lowering their calories more and more.  The body, after a period of time, realizes the energy levels can’t be sustained with lower calories, and it shuts metabolism down to conserve energy.  Sally Sue wants to lose weight, figures less calories will do the trick, but yet she doesn’t realize the body’s survival mechanisms.  Weeks go by and she finds herself hungry and at the same weight.  So what does she do?  She lowers her calories more.  Her energy is drained, she’s eating a grain of rice for lunch and soon she simply quits.

Intermittent Fasting is different from this model.  IF is about skipping meals for up to a day and then resuming your normal eating plan the following day.  There are many advantages to losing weight with this method, assuming you’re eating Primal and well in the first place.  When you eat the Primal way, with low carbs, high fats and moderate protein, you teach the body to sustain itself because you have moderated insulin production and increased fat metabolism.  Your energy is more stable as is your blood sugar and you have smaller hunger cravings. Your body then will use its own fat as energy stores found in your body’s cells.  It’s a beautiful thing!

As with drugs, we can become addicted to food.  Fasting allows you to push away that habit.  And the benefits are many, including lowered blood pressure, body fat reduction and the ability for the body to repair tissues that are too busy otherwise when you are always eating.  Certainly it is worth mentioning the economic component – fasting can help you cut your grocery bill by 15% a week!

If you want to get started fasting, I recommend doing it in stages.  First time around, simply skip a meal.  If you’re not feeling hungry, take advantage of that opportunity and simply stay busy and don’t eat.  When you feel comfortable with that, go for a longer period of time like 12 hours.  Timing is everything, so think through it in the beginning stages.  We sleep 8 hours, so you could eat at 6 PM and then don’t eat again until 6 AM.  Easy enough, huh?  Then as you get better into eating primal and your energy levels are complete, try for 18 or 24 hours.  If you know that the following day is going to be crazy busy, then eat well the night before.  Don’t go overboard, but eat to satiety.  Then, the next day, wrap yourself up in your work – and before you know it your productivity is through the roof, you’ve achieved so much and you never missed not eating.

Knowing your body has the ability to survive longer without food is not only empowering, it’s also the break your body needs once in awhile.  And the pay back, the reduction in bodyfat, is kinda nice.  Not to mention the reduction in your groceries.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 8, 2010 7:40 am

    I’m definitely going to try this! Is this something from Primal Blueprint? I’ve gotten off of reading that book, I’m going to get reading it again…today!

    • February 8, 2010 9:00 am

      Yes, IF is covered within the Primal Blueprint and is recommended here and there. I would advocate getting your diet right – eating Primally, that is – before fasting. Your body needs to learn to gain energy from the fat you’re eating and not the processed carbs it’s used to.

      It’s empowering not to be a slave to food!

  2. February 17, 2010 10:59 am

    ok so i am fasting today because its Ash Wednesday…and its HARD! :O)

    however my question is this: why do soooo many people say eat every few hours (ALMOST ALL TRAINERS), and then i see this (and you arent the first to post about it; i have seen this in several places…

    • February 17, 2010 7:45 pm

      It may be harder fasting the first few times because you’re probably thinking about it a lot. Focus on productivity/tasks to do and you will find it easier and easier.

      Many people have advocated eating every 3 hours as a means to increase your metabolism. But if you diminish your carbs to more acceptable levels that don’t cause an insulin spike then you don’t have to eat as often and you can eat more at a sitting with no fear of the food being converted into your fat cells.

      Paleo and Primal eating styles are increasingly talking about fasting as a means to help the body regulate some of it’s systems. There are also studies showing NOT eating after a workout increases the release of growth hormones.

      Keep practicing the fasting. It WILL get easier!

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