Happy Friday everyone!
In today’s “Chalk Talk” I will be discussing the oh so awesome method and dieting lifestyle of intermittent fasting. I use this protocol every single day and I love it.
Intermittent Fasting is a lifestyle way of eating. For those of you who have heard of it before no, it’s not starving yourself. A lot of the thinking behind it, at least from my perspective, goes back thousands of years ago. Way back when, our ancestors lived in obviously much harsher environments and food was not always attainable. This meant that they were in a “fasted” state (though probably not voluntarily haha) for long periods of time. I mean if you think about it they probably went sometimes days without eating anything substantial in certain areas of the world or times of the year when plant based eating wasn’t super reliable. Through this conditioning our bodies today still have not yet adapted to the fact that we can go to our local grocery store every day and pick up a fresh meal, or a fast food joint or the vending machine 3 times a day at work. Our bodies just simply have not had enough time and generations to adapt and evolve to this this kind of eating that provides readily available food at our fingertips. Our bodies were built through the evolutionary process to become very very efficient without food for a sustainable amount of time. Which is why there are so many benefits to fasting in today’s world that we miss out on.
Intermittent Fasting allows your body to go into a ketosis state. Ketosis is when your body is depleted of glucose (sugar) and has to turn to burning fat storage instead. Many of you have heard of the “Ketogenic” diet yeah? Well, its essentially the same idea but your only going into the ketosis state for short periods of time usually 10-16 hours (including sleep). This short period of ketosis still allows you to benefit as it shuttles fat storage into your blood stream to be burned for energy but also allows you to break your fast later in the day and still eat some carbs. Eating carbs is important to me for hormonal balance. There’s a lot of information and frankly mixed opinions about how carbs play into your diet and all the cancer sugar cause, lots of issues and things to consider. But on a positive note, eating carbs will help your hormonal balance a ton, helps with satiety, and sleep.
The final and arguably the most important part of intermittent fasting is the fact that you can use it as a tool to maintain a caloric deficit every day. The way I use it is quite simple, you wake up from a 6-8 hour sleep, you then skip breakfast, and then you break your fast somewhere between 4-8 after you wake up. Really this is a tool for you to use to your benefit. When it comes to “best practice” I would say whatever works best for you to stay consistent is the best practice. It’s good to understand why people recommend the things they do and how the body works. It is also equally important to not over complicate things and get so confused you end up not doing anything at all. Just do what you can for the fasting part and the more and more you do it the easier it gets and the longer you can go without breaking your fast.
Again, I want to emphasize that this should be used as a tool to stay under your caloric intake each day. By skipping breakfast and breaking your fast later in the day you naturally are going to eat less that day. This also allows you the benefit of being able to eat much bigger and satisfying meals when you do break your fast. That is one of the best parts about it. It helps fit into your lifestyle.
Using this diet approach you don’t have to sacrifice going out to eat with friends, and all the good food in life. I mean one word, cheese, I rest my case. You can still enjoy good foods and big meals all while staying under your calories and losing weight. This is why intermittent fasting is such an awesome tool to use as part of your weight loss journey and why I use it and will continue to use it in mine.
This is another protocol that is highly recommended in the program I am currently following called Kinobody. I am not affiliated with them at all other than I bought one of the programs they have. I really like how all the information and way of doing things is portrayed by this guy. If your interested in picking up a copy be sure to visit Kinobody.com and take a look at the products and programs available there!
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