Hey!

I have been away a while.  I got my pc replaced in early July… just in time for one really evil stomach ailment of some kind.  I won’t get into the gory details, but I was sick for 3 days, shaky for the rest of the week, and could barely hold down for food for ANOTHER week!  So workouts became very sporadic, mostly light cardio.

What actually helped me get through the rough patch was my diet.  I wanted to reset my body, give my digestive system a break, cleanse a bit.  So I tried intermittent fasting.

Intermittent fasting is when you get all your calories and macronutrients, but into a compressed span of time.  So instead of eating every 3 or 4 hours, I would get all my eating done in an 8 hour span, then not eat for 16 hours!

I tried the Leangains method.  If you want more info, check out this website:

http://www.leangains.com/

Martin Berkhan runs it – very friendly, answered my Twitter questions.

Normally leangains people eat at night and go to sleep, then go without during the day.  I tried a different, probably harder version.  I ate from 7 am to 3 pm, then ate nothing all night, went to bed starving, then woke up the next day.  I don’t recommend going to bed starving, if you can help it!

I chose that routine though because that way I could do some morning cardio, break my fast (breakfast, literally) with my day food, then avoid food at night, which is traditionally when I get my worst junk food cravings.  It made it easier to eat healthier, let my body reset itself from the illness, etc.

It was hard the first few days!  I was pretty miserable.  But then the next few days were easier.  After a week of that, my body felt much better – I could honestly say to myself, “I am ready for regular eating again”.

I dont know if I could do leangains fulltime (Martin has been running that way for years and he looks great)

 

this guy doesn’t eat for 16 hours a day. believe it.

but I do agree that everyone is different, and should experiment.  Everyone says just eat every 3 hours and keep your metabolism up, but some people can get what they need from different arrangements, including all their calories, all the energy they need to kick butt, steady but manageable weight loss, etc.  If you feel the usual every 3 or 4 hours routine isn’t really for you, or it makes it too hard to keep your willpower under control, or makes it too inconvenient preparing multiple small meals every day, maybe give intermittent fasting a try!

An article on IF:

http://www.muscleandstrength.com/articles/basics-intermittent-fasting

Jeremy Scott – model, trainer, fasts daily

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