As a follow up to my post “Fasting and looking good naked” I decided to link the BBC documentary “Eat, Fast and Live Longer”.
Michael Mosley did a good job in his show “The truth About Exercise”, and did it again this time. I highly recommend you watch the 4 parts. The info is presented is a nice and entertaining way. He tries out different ways of reducing calories and fasting, some easier to achieve than others and comes out with great results after the 5 week intermittent fasting experiment, including dropping 7kg of fat. It seems that going hungry for some longer periods than you would if you were just limiting calories and having frequent meals is where the magic is.
These findings can be hugely liberating for some people, and best of all you do not have to buy a special fat loss program, pills, protein powders, or the latest supplement superfood from the Amazon. The savings you’ll make from cutting out this useless crap and over eating should make it more realistic to buy high quality foods.
The only piece missing in the puzzle in my opinion, is that strength training should be an integral part of a fasting protocol
As for me, I decided to give the 16/8 protocol a 6 week trial, and cut off all refined sugar, honey and ice cream and such.
After 10 days, so far so good. I feel great, and have lost about 3 cm around my waist. Strength and endurance levels are unaffected. But then again, I would put myself into the moderate exerciser category. You can check my log here. On top of my log, I also do mobility stuff daily, bike and walk as much as possible to avoid driving places, and do a few sets (3-5) throughout the day of pull ups or 1 arm row, kettlebell clean and press and Bulgarian bag spins. I am getting consistently getting stronger on those, which is nice.
I train around 10:30 and start eating around 13-14:00, dinner around 18:00 and last snack at 21:00. Only water throughout the morning (OK, 1 cup of coffee too), no BCAA or protein powders, but 5g creatine daily in the afternoon.
QUICK UPDATE 16-08-12: One thing I forgot to mention before is that on the whole, my digestive system functions better.
Enjoy the show!
As Socrates said “Let food be your medicine & medicine be your food”