What Exactly Is Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent Fasting, also referred to as IF, is when you voluntarily decide to choose eight hours of the day in which you fit all your meals in. And then, in an act of sacrifice for your future aesthetic gains, do not consume any calories whatsoever for the remaining sixteen hours.
Intermittent Fasting has been popularized through many websites and forums and has worked wonders for those who have tried it. Many say that this is because our bodies are not used to having three to five meals spread out throughout a day (think caveman times).
When you choose to do the eight hours is completely up to you but the main thing is that you remain consistent with the times. Just as important, do not fall into a trap of going for that delicious chocolate brownie when your not on your feeding period.
Just wait for the eight hours if it looks that good. It’ll still be there. I promise.
Intermittent Fasting Done Right
The good news? When you are on your feeding period, you are technically able to eat whatever you want!
While you should not eat as many cheeseburgers as you can stuff in your mouth, you can fit your eating preferences into these eight hours and still get the advantages.
Of course, if you want to go for the leanest physique possible, you should stick to clean and whole foods and make sure that you are getting the right calories, proteins, carbs and fats.
These macro goals can be found by searching IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros) calculators on Google and using any one of the top results. I highly recommend this one. Stick to lean proteins, healthy fats, make sure that you get enough greens and that your carbs are on point.
Before You Start
When you begin Intermittent Fasting, it is best that you plan ahead and have all your ducks in order so that you can prepare a consistent schedule that you can keep to. Remember, while on your fasting period, you are allowed to drink coffee. (black, of course) water and BCAA’s.
Plan your meals ahead of time and remember that it is always best to have three meals separated throughout the feeding window and its best to break the fast after you have done a workout. This is Intermittent Fasting at its finest.
The consistency and commitment to a routine and schedule will help you incredibly and allow you to successfully power through what you might have otherwise thought would have been a difficult diet plan.
When doing Intermittent Fasting, you will notice that throughout the day you are much more focused and attentive to the task at hand. And, after a period of getting accustomed to the fasting, your metabolism will seem to work at a tremendously faster rate than it has before.
The best benefit of them all? The results in the mirror. By changing your relationship with food and the way you are able to discipline yourself through fasting, you are much more likely to make better choices as far your food choices go.
Nothing To Lose (Except Fat)
Intermittent Fasting is for everyone, whether they be vegans or pure meat eaters, and the results are universal. Again, check with your doctor before if you have any concerns and don’t jump straight into it.
A great strategy is to lessen the amount of hours everyday before you begin eating until you feel fully comfortable with the eight hour fast.
At the end of the day, you still have to put the work in the gym but with the right nutritional strategy, you can expect your results to be that much better.
Your future self is going to be so glad you didn’t eat that brownie.