The first time I heard about Intermittent Fasting I was skeptical. Skip breakfast, eat a big lunch and a
massive dinner? How could that possibly work?
Isn’t breakfast the most important meal of the day? When you break down the word breakfast it actually means “breaking the fast”. This technically means no matter what time your first meal of the day is, you’re eating breakfast. Even if it’s at noon!
For those that haven’t heard of it; Intermittent Fasting, or IF for short, is a diet protocol where you cycle between a fasting window and an eating window. For instance; instead of having breakfast in the morning: you’ll have black coffee, eat a bigger meal around lunch and then your biggest meal at night.
The most standard way to do IF is doing what is called 16-8, where you don’t eat for 16 hours and then eat all of your calories in an 8-hour time frame. Other examples have you fasting for up to 24 hours and really giving yourself a huge boost in fat loss.
Sounds pretty simple right? Because it is!
Imagine not having to eat in the morning and losing body fat eating “MORE” food throughout the day. Little crazy you say? I wouldn’t bet on it. Let’s see why below!
Why Can You Eat “More” Food Doing Intermittent Fasting?
Because of the smaller eating windows throughout the day, you have fewer meals right?
Imagine eating 2,000 calories in a day normally. If you eat 4-6 meals a day that means each meal will contain between 333 calories and 500 calories on average. That’s not that much honestly, for some sure but most people that’s not enough food at each meal to keep you satisfied during the day. That’s usually why people cheat is because they’re constantly hungry throughout the day!
However, on Intermittent Fasting that doesn’t happen whatsoever! Usually while doing IF you eat 1-3 meals a day max! So that takes our 2,000 calories over the day and more than doubles the calories we can eat per meal!
3 meals a day would be 666 calories, 2 meals a day 1,000 calories and 1 meal a day 2,000 calories! So doing this means you can eat massive meals that keep you satisfied while losing weight! That’s definitely a win-win!
Intermittent Fasting Combined With Other Diets
The great thing about Intermittent Fasting is that it’s not even really a diet! They are basic principles you can apply to any diet you like!
Imagine the Keto Diet which I went over HERE. You can simply keep doing your Keto Diet as normal but also use the Intermittent Fasting strategies to have a fasting window and an eating window. Eat high fat, moderate protein, low carb meals from 10 am-6 pm and then fast all the way until morning!
And because those fatty, high protein meals being massive in size you might not feel like eating for up to 6 hours later as I did!
I had no problem eating a massive chicken salad with dressing, cucumbers, cheese and any other Keto foods I liked for lunch; then eating wings with ranch at 6 pm. I was never hungry and almost had to force myself to eat that last meal! Whether you’re doing Paleo, Atkins, Keto, Vegan, etc. you can always use fasting to improve the framework of your diet to make it work for you!
No Calorie Counting Required!
Using Intermittent Fasting, my client has had nothing but success constantly without counting calories. He works at a hospital and has no time to be making multiple meals and weighing out his foods.
He simply eats healthy meals with plenty of protein, healthy fats, fruits, and vegetables with the occasional cheat meal once a week. The first time he implemented this strategy he went from 235lbs down to 208 in less than two months. A very powerful tool to use no matter what diet works best for you!
Most people aren’t huge fans of counting calories and don’t want to commit to weighing everything out. That’s why Intermittent Fasting is such a great diet strategy.
The biggest reason for this is simply because of the eating window! Eating 2-3 big meals keep you fuller so much longer than any other diet strategy. Combine this with healthy foods that already keep you full like lean proteins/vegetables and you can see why it works so well!
When I combined Intermittent Fasting with Keto the first time I lost 40 lbs in 2 months without counting a single calorie. I was constantly full and automatically ate fewer calories because of it.
Let me know your experiences with Intermittent Fasting in the comments below! What strategies did you use and what kind of results did you achieve using it?
Why Is Intermittent Fasting The “Best Diet”?
People that have trouble losing weight and keeping it off have one thing in common. They can’t stay consistent with their diets because they get hungry and then eventually binge!
The most important thing when it comes to fat loss is consistency, more so than even calories! I go over the diet principles in this article HERE.
Without consistency, you can’t lose body fat, bottom line. If you’re in a calorie deficit from Monday-Friday and then binge all weekend long, you will NEVER lose fat. I’ve seen this time and time again. Consistency trumps all other diet principles every time.
When using Intermittent Fasting you can break this cycle by crushing your hunger! Eating bigger meals in a smaller time frame solves various diet issues instantly.
The issues it solves are:
- Smaller meals are horrible at managing hunger. Intermittent Fasting allows you to eat bigger meals and stay full throughout the day!
- Bigger meals allow you to splurge on more fun foods throughout the week.
- You have a cut off period when you HAVE to stop eating food. As soon as your feeding window is over you stop eating. If my feeding window is 10-6pm I can’t have a midnight snack.
- No need to count calories. Calorie Counting absolutely helps, but when you first start out, just eating healthy foods in your feeding window will keep you full and drop your calories automatically.
- No matter what diet you’re doing, you can apply Intermittent Fasting to it to make it even MORE effective!
I could explain the benefits to Intermittent Fasting all day but the basic premise is these diet principles work. The number of people I’ve seen succeed using this when all other diets failed them is not a coincidence!
Do you agree with the benefits I listed above? Having done this myself, I know it works, but I want to hear what others think about Intermittent Fasting. Do you agree that it’s the best “diet” or do you have other principles that worked better for you?
When losing weight is the goal, Intermittent Fasting is probably the #1 recommendation I have for people. You can adjust the framework to any existing diet that works for you.
No other diet allows you to eat more food per meal which is such a game-changer! Nobody likes eating little dinky meals that feel like snacks more than anything.
The most important things when it comes to Intermittent Fasting is to stick to your schedule and adjust when necessary. Be consistent with your fasting and eating windows, count calories if you aren’t losing weight at the pace you want, and focus on healthy, dense foods.
If you do these 3 things I guarantee you’ll lose weight. Even if you have a busy schedule and can’t commit to meal planning this can work for you. I’ve seen it time and time again for people that work 40 hours, go to school, and still work out multiple times a week.
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Until next time,