If you have been following my recent posts you can see that intermittent fasting is an area that I am becoming interested in. Intermittent fasting is where you go on a fast for 24 hours and then return to your normal eating patterns.
This style of fasting seems to be a safe and healthy way to shed off bodyfat by creating an overall calorie deficit over a week. Intermittent fasting does not seem to have any side effects whatsoever, and is being used as an effective weight loss plan.
The fast can be performed just once a week, but it is optimal to do it twice a week to create a calorie deficit. Obviously you never fast 2 days in a row. The best way is after the first fast have 2 days of normal eating, then the second fast, then 3 days of normal eating before repeating the cycle.
One particular study on fasting showed the following results:
- No decrease in Energy Expenditure – metabolic rate DID NOT slow down
- A decrease in RQ – indicating an increase in fat burning
- Increased blood flow
- Decreased blood insulin levels – Considered to be one of the major health benefits of fasting
- Increased glucagon levels – more reliance on body fat as a fuel source
- Increased Growth Hormone levels
- Increased noradrenaline – More fat burning hormones
- No increase in cortisol – No reason to think that muscle is being broken down
Basically, the fast put the body into a fat burning state without compromising muscle mass.
I’m always happy to test out new things so, the plan that I’m going to follow is found in Eat Stop Eat by Brad Pilon. I think I’ll track myself for about 12 weeks and then post my findings. What I’ll be doing is fasting twice a week and working out twice a week as well. The gym workout will be weightlifting performed on the same day as the fast.
Before you freak out, you need to understand that this is exactly what Brad recommends. Check out the ebook and see for yourself how this works.
Either way I’ll still post my progress so that you can monitor it here too.