So. Intermittent Fasting. It is surrounded by lots of controversy – is it ‘healthy’or is it ‘unhealthy’. I will post some below articles that deal with those details, but for now i want to talk about the mental health improvements and lifestyle improvements that have come with IF for me.
First of all, there is much deliberation/myth as to whether fasting will actually burn more calories, increase metabolism, lose or increase strength and muscle etc.
Personally i feel as though there a large number of health benefits to fasting, including improved / more constant energy throughout the day, lower blood pressure, and insanely powerful mental changes like being in control of your food cravings and in terms of how and when you eat.if you feel that food rules your day – this is really something you should try.
Martin Berkham covers all of these issues in detail on his website LeanGains.
I am from the school of thought where above all, calories in vs calories it is what makes you lose or gain weight. With that said, I don’t follow IF because i think it is magic or will help me lose weight,gain weight, etc. I follow it for two simple – but VERY powerful reasons that have improved my life.
1 – I can control my calories more easily
I am currently cutting some weight as i have been unnecessarily heavy for a while. I enjoy weightlifting and gymnastic training. For both of these sports, being fat only serves to make the sport harder. I have dropped down a weightclass in Weightlifting – from 85Kg to 77Kg and i did this fairly easily by tracking my calories. I am by no means competitive, but i do compete, so i prefer to compete at this lighter weight.
2 – PRODUCTIVITY AND LIFESTYLE
This is a huge deal. I wake up at 6 and i don’t eat food until after 12. Simple, but unbelievably effective for productivity. Without sitting down to eat (or cook, and therefore clean after) it saves a huge amount of time. Far more than you can imagine. Also, it helps you keep momentum throughout the morning which is massively important, you will surprise yourself with just how much work you can really do when you don’t keep breaking up the day.
So, know that i have talked about why i do it – i will talk about how i do it and why i find it easy.
Drink a shitload of water. And coffee. Mmmmm Coffee. I wake up at 6, pack my bag for work, and leave at 6:15. I have a green tea in my flask, and i don’t have to prepare and eat breakfast which saves me fifteen minutes. i drive to work, drink my green tea. Once i am at work i will drink 1-2 cups of coffee, and as much water as possible until 12 o’clock.
A great tip is to drink sparkling water – this will help you keep fuller for longer. I used to often find myself struggling with hunger until 12 o’clock but here’s where it gets interesting…. as soon as the clock hit 12, i would find myself relaxing and not rushing to eat, or feeling hungry. I have gone well past 1 o’clock without even thinking about food.
This is an extremely freeing and empowering feeling to know that you can go for 16 hours without food, and you won’t die, you won’t feel dizzy, you won’t feel tired.It means that you can go out of your house without packing food, it means that if you have no food available for the next ten hours….so what. The Western world is so used to consuming food non-stop, to instant gratification, we forget what it is like to even enjoy food, or feel the reward of eating.
IF may not be for everyone, but it certainly is for some. I dont even consider myself fasting anymore, it is just how i work, how i eat. it is literally an autonomous process for me.
Give it a try and see if it improves your mental health and productivity!
Remember to check out LeanGains for all the Intermittent Fasting information you could ask for.