Intermittent Fasting is also known as IF. Maybe it’s the latest health fad. Maybe it’s just the latest trending diet or maybe, just maybe, it’s a new way to live. I’ve been doing it, personally, for about 2 weeks and I’ve lost 9 lbs. The other positive side effects – it seems to be decreasing how much I eat on a regular basis and it has made me more conscious of what, when and how I eat.
So, what is intermittent fasting?
There are many different types. Lets go over all of them.
There’s the 5:2. The 5:2 fast basically means you eat normally for 5 days and then fast for 2.
This is how Jimmy Kimmel lost a ton of weight.
There’s the lean gains or “Warrior Diet” method. The lean gains method basically says that you only eat during a 6-8 hour window. So, this puts your body into a fasting state more of the time than a non-fasting one. It’s great for dudes and bodybuilders who don’t have a ton of weight to lose, but who want to get cut. This guy swears by it —
There’s the “Bulletproof Diet”. The Bulletproof Diet was created by Dave Asprey, a tech guy who gained a lot of weight and wanted to lose it. He also wanted to keep his energy up and his brain focused. So, with Bulletproof it’s all about the coffee. A Bulletproof coffee is basically a coffee with grassfed butter in it, along with some coconut oil. Blend it and drink it and the theory is you can go almost all day on the fumes. Bulletproof sounds great to me, again, if you’re a dude and can handle large amounts of fat, like putting a big hunk of butter and oil into your coffee and chugging it down. For the rest of us, though, maybe not such a good idea. Again, just my personal feelings, but BUTTERED COFFEE scares the hell out of me. Also important to note, Asprey is selling a product with his pitch, namely, Bulletproof Coffee. The others are too, whether it be a book or something else, but the coffee pitch feels the most salesy to me. Here’s more on Asprey and Bulletproof from the NYTimes.
Lastly, there’s the EVERY OTHER DAY Diet. This is the one I’m on and the one which works the best for me. IMHO, this is the diet for the people that have the most weight to lose. The EOD diet wants you to eat only 500-600 calories one day, which is some strict calorie restriction, and then whatever you want the next. It’s great for me because anyone can do anything for one day. One day is amazingly doable. One day on, one day off. One day monitor, the next day eat whatever the heck you want. Studies have found that on the “feast days,” days where you can eat whatever you want, people aren’t capable of eating all of their calories back, so you end up achieving a nice deficit, and therefore weight loss.
Whatever the method, a diet is still a diet, but I hope that through this post you’ll find something that really works for you.
Below, find some more on IF. Oh, and happy fasting!