7 Reasons to do Intermittent Fasting
Since yesterdays interview I’ve gotten a lot of comments and questions about intermittent fasting.
First things first: What is Intermittent fasting?
Intermittent fasting (IF) is a pattern of eating that alternates between periods of fasting and non-fasting.
I first learned about intermittent fasting from Brad Pilon author of Eat Stop Eat and to this day it is the book that I credit for changing the way I have looked at eating forever.
In fact, every year he comes out with a new update based on the growing number of research studies being done on the now popular fat loss tool.
He’s on his 7th update now and this book is stronger than ever.
(the pic above was taken in New Brunswick with Dave Ruel, Brad Pilon and Eric Wong)
In the interview we did yesterday I realized that the audio was a little shabby so before getting into the meat of today’s blog post I want to recap what was said in the interview:
1. Intermittent Fasting is a chosen 24 hour period where you abstain from food.
2. It is a very effective tool for fat loss but can be overdone because it is a still a stress on the body just like workouts are.
3. Differences between men and women are minor. I should know this because I’ve gotten hundreds of women to do some form of IF with great results.
My last observation about fasting that wasn’t covered in the interview is that your tolerance to IF largely depends on how many calories you take during a day and this depends largely on your height.
I would not get a big 6 foot 4 dude to even try a fast because he needs a dearth of calories every day to keep him operational.
I find that tall people are most likely the ones to be repulsed by the idea of not eating for 24 hours. Understandably so.
However, I’ve found that people that are 6 foot or shorter do well with IF and can incorporate it easily as part of their lives.
So with that being said, if you are not abnormally tall, here are 7 reasons why you should incorporate some form of IF into your life:
1. Reduced Glucose/Sugar Levels – During a fast your blood sugar levels slowly lowers itself.
By fasting you could decrease your sugar input by anywhere from 15 – 30%. This means that you…
2. Improved Insulin sensitivity – When you have more insulin sensitivity your body stores more fat as energy.
Fasting drastically lowers your insulin sensitivity and also helps your lose more water retention. This means you will look leaner with less fat and less water on your body.
3. Increased lipolysis and fat oxidation – This means one thing and one thing only…YOU BURN MORE FAT.
4. Increased Glucagon – Glucagon is one of the dominant hormones in your body responsible for Fat burning.
Fasting increases the amount of glucagon produced in your body. More glucagon in your body means your body is in a better fat burning environment.
5. Fasting Increases growth hormone which leads to increased fat loss and also slows down the aging process – You are able to produce Growth Hormone by up to 6x with short term fasting and it’s one of the main hormones responsible for increased fat loss, muscle building and looking younger.
6. Fastest way to eliminate waste from the body and lower inflammation – Short term fasting actually helps you eliminate waste in your body and can speed up the healing process.
The research is too early to tell but there has also been evidence to support short term fasting in prevention of asthma and cancer.
7. It’s the Easiest way to lose fat PERIOD. – If you want to lose fat and you want to do it as fast as possible then IF is the way to go.
Not only is it fast (no pun intended) once you get the hang of doing one it gets easier.
And my friend Brad lays it all out in his updated version of Eat Stop Eat.
He’s even added 6 more chapters to the book on:
Fasting and Women
In this edition of Eat Stop Eat he shows why, when done properly, Eat Stop Eat may be the very best weight loss
option for women.
Intermittent Fasting and Leptin
He’s updated Eat Stop Eat to include some very surprising research on the connection between Leptin and fasting, exercise and some chronic diseases.
Intermittent Fasting and Exercise
In this edition he’ll tell you whether or not you need to exercise during a fast to get the most fast burning possible
Intermittent Fasting and Building Muscle
Can you build muscle while following Eat Stop Eat? ABSOLUTELY.
And he’ll tell you exactly how in this new chapter.
Intermittent Fasting vs. Longer Fasts
Brad will explain the dangers of using longer fasts to try and lose weight
Intermittent Fasting and Training
In this chapter Brad explains why fasting for too long or too often is the absolute worst thing you can do for Fat loss.
He’s even added a crazy bonus where if you get Eat Stop Eat before July 19th you’ll get a bonus coaching call where he’ll walk you through his latest edition of ESE and answer your workout/fasting related questions.
If you are not abnormally tall, want to lose fat and do it in the simplest way possible then grab Brad’s
Buy it before July 19th 2013 so you can get on the phone and get coached by the father of IF himself.