Intermittent Fasting is a big topic in the fitness industry. Rightly so, as it's such…
Intermittent Fasting is not a diet.
Diets all have the same things in common. They all influence the same variables, and enforce similar rules.
As the old saying goes, rules are made to be broken, and boy do they get broken by the human population when it comes to food restriction.
The deprivation builds up gradually over time, people can’t have a social life or enjoy themselves (ever), and the suffering rises to the point of no return, and BAM there goes the diet straight out of the window. Likely forever.
Too Many Rules = Too Much Stress
If you can’t eat x, y or z, and you can never eat more than 50g of carbs, and you can only eat meat and veggies, then you know what happens?
It gets boring as hell. Granted, it can work for a while, but rarely does it last long-term without some ‘fun’ involved.
Not many people are capable of going from 240 pounds at 30% body fat, all the way down to a lean, chiselled 170 pounds at 10% body fat, whilst only eating meat and veg.
Although meat and veggies should be the foundation of the diet (in my strong opinion), it’s not realistic to ask someone who is overweight to suddenly put so many eating rules onto themselves and actually maintain it long-term having had zero previous success before.
It’s like asking a sex addict to go from having sex multiple times per day to never having sex ever again.
Do you think that’s going to last, fighting human biology long-term?
Meat and veggies should always be the foundation of your diet – get this in place and keep it in place, and you’re more or less set for life.
Then beyond that, you need to be allowed at least a little bit of flexbility with the calories, macros and types of foods that you can eat.
Intermittent Fasting & Flexibility
Gradually reduce your calorie intake as and when you need to?
Hell no! With most diets they don’t even talk about total calorie intake (kinda the most important variable).
Have a little wiggle room with your macros – some days have slightly less protein, more fats, more carbs?
No, no, no you can’t do that! 50g of carbs per day AND NO MORE.
Have a large feast with your family and enjoy Friday night once you’ve done your hard training session and eaten your protein?
Don’t be insane!
Intermittent Fasting is an eating system. The calories underneath this ‘umbrella’ are variable, as are the macros, as are the types of foods. Of course, it’s not advisable to be drinking alcohol all the time, or munching down on ice cream or pizza.
But you can make it a lifestyle, and a sustainable one. Periods of slightly higher discipline and faster progress can be balanced out wiht periods of a little more flexibility – think Summer, Christmas etc.
Most people will just blow it with their diets and give up, whereas you were smart, planned for these obvious challenges in advance, and allowed them to be built into your overall battle plan.
Too many rules = too much stress = fat rebound.
More flexibility is key if you want to make it a part of your lifestyle, particularly once you already have your meat & veggies at the foundation of your diet (meaning every single day).
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