As you know, I’ve been experimenting with intermittent fasting and so far I’m really enjoying it! My meals are so much LARGER and more satisfying! I haven’t noticed any loss of strength and I believe I’m leaning out at a nice rate; so all is well! I’ve also been doing some calorie cycling so I have some high calorie days (which are fun), some moderate calorie days, and some really really low calorie days (which are not so fun, but are made easier with IF’ing), but dieting this way at least gives me a couple days a week to relax my diet a little bit and sneak in a couple of treats. This method may sound rigid, but I have found that it is kind of freeing.
Since I started IF’ing, I’m no longer concerned with eating 5-6 meals a day, which can honestly be a huge pain in the ass. And if you’re only eating 1500-1600 calories a day, some of those meals are really just the size of snacks that leave me longing for more FOOD! There have been lots of studies proving that eating 5-6 meals a day does not speed up your metabolism. Many “gurus” within the fitness and nutrition industries have been spreading the idea that eating a meal every 2-3 hours speeds up your metabolism. This is just not true. This method might help people feel satisfied throughout the day if they are dieting, or it might make it easier for people who are trying to GAIN weight get all of their calories in for the day without eating just a couple of HYOOGE meals. But when I was eating 6 small meals a day, I found I was ALWAYS thinking about my next meal. I was never full because my meals had to be so small. Now that I’m IF’ing I get to have a really big breakfast (which I eat at noon every day), then I’ll have another pretty big meal at lunch, and then a nice large satisfying dinner with a cup of greek yogurt for dessert. Yum! Another one of the plus sides is that since I am always full, I’m not tempted to binge on anything! It helps to keep me in check. In the morning when I might get a little hungry before my first meal I’ll just drink coffee and BCAAs until my first meal to tide me over. This gets me through my workouts with the energy I need and without worrying about any loss of muscle.
Anyways, I just wanted to give you guys an update on my progress with these two methods of eating. I give them both two thumbs up! I would definitely recommend these methods to anyone who feels like food is just taking over their lives. It can’t be healthy to be constantly thinking about food and being healthy or fit isn’t just physical; it’s emotional too. There is no universal “right” method to diet. The only “right” method of dieting is the method that works for you and gets you to your goal in a healthy way both physically and emotionally.