My test on intermittent fasting, day 4. I am a health nut, I love to exercise, and move my body and on the flip side I love to eat. The justification for all the eating is with all the training I have done – it balances out (sort of, right?). In the back of my mind, I always questioned do I really need to eat all of this food / training supplements.
We’ve all read we must:
- Have 3 full proper meals a day
- To have 6 small meals a day
- That you must take 1 g of protein per kg body weight or lbs per body weight (Up until this day, I don’t know which one is right.)
- To never skip breakfast, as it is the most important meal of the day etc.
There is a great deal of contradicting information. Hence why I like to test these ideas out myself and my interest with intermittent fasting.
At first I thought the concept of intermittent fasting was a fad. As I was coming from the view that we need to eat a decent amount to have enough energy to train, for our muscles to grow and to have the nutrition to maintain a healthy body. Then, it hit me, one day, whilst I was reaching over for a mid morning snack, I asked myself;
- Do I really need to eat this or is this a habit?
- Am I addicted to the habit of eating?
- Was my mind programmed to eat all the time?
Serious, food for thought. I then wondered what if I ate “less” (vs compared to all the time or whenever I felt “hungry”)? Would I be able to still train, keep my body healthy and my physic? Then began my journey and research into intermittent fasting.
What is intermittent fasting (IF)? It is not a diet, it is purely restricting your eating times. For example, you can skip breakfast, and start eating from midday 12pm up until 8 pm. That is a restricted eating window of 8 hours (I have 2 meals in between, lunch and dinner), and for the rest of the time you don’t eat at all. You can drink water, teas or black coffee, there is no hard fast rule. This one is called 16/8, you don’t eat for 16 hours and eat for 8 hours. You can do this occasionally or all the time. There are many variations of the IF timings the 16/8, 5/2, 20/4, 36 etc. These are all different timing restrictions of when you can and can’t eat.
Feedback so far from the 16/8 intermittent fasting trial?
- I am amazed at how I can train without food. I start training at the gym around midday after having a black coffee. No lack of energy at all.
- The challenging times are in the morning when I crave for some scrumptious breakfast or brunch! I switch this up by focusing on work and drinking some hot water.
- I am drinking bucket loads of more water.
- Feeling “much lighter” with less eating.
- More free time, less eating or thinking of what to eat.
I was surprised on my research to find that two of my heroes, Georges St Pierre and Hugh Jackman, both do intermittent fasting. GSP goes as far to say as it changed his life. Here is the link for GSP on the Joe Rogan podcast (click here) and for Hugh Jackman (click here).
It is only day 4, early days. Let’s see how this goes.