Which diet is best for you? – Intermittent Fasting
Less is More
Originally I compiled all the information, on the world’s most popular diets, in my DIET HARD series but on review, the post lacked some punch.
So I’ve broken them up into their own bite size sections, hopefully giving you the chance to focus on the specific ones that interest you the most.
Remember, this information is here to give you an understanding of how these plans work and the type of people most likely to use them. Unlike many other sites, they also give you some of the stumbling blocks associated that cause people to either quit, or relapse weight wise.
The goal is to pick a diet that fits you. One you are most likely to stick to based on your habits, ethics and lifestyle. otherwise there is no point,
So be honest with yourselves to see whether you can juggle the pros and cons of each before making your decision.
These people tend to fast for the majority of the day, in order to maximise the fat burning process when their glycogen levels have been depleted (rather than a dip here or there during the day). Most people will find their glycogen levels are at their lowest after sleep, exercise or long periods without food so this is just making the best use of it.
So an intermittent faster would provide themselves with an eating window, which is a period of time when they can eat. Depending on how severe they want, they will set this to either 8 hours, 6 hours, or some even 4 hours. The rest of the day will serve as a means to deplete their glycogen and really focus on burning down their fat reserves. It wouldn’t matter when this window was but some would make sure it was as far away from their last main energetic activity to get the most out of their depleted glycogen levels. Or they’d wait until the mid afternoon and make use of their fasted sleep and busy mornings to drive down the fat. They may also decide to exercise in this window to further drive down the deficit.
Again, it doesn’t matter how small their eating window is, if they are in a calorific surplus, they will not lose anything and will still gain weight. I ate once a day for many many years and I can vouch on this point fully.
Studies were shown that, people of the same weight, that ate regularly during the day and people who used intermittent fasting, did not vary in weight when given maintenance calories to consume. So for me, this method acts more of a psychological element to keep people from binging or snacking.
Most people who fast for any period of time treat their bodies as sacred entities for those periods. It’s almost like, for those hours when they can’t eat, they turn religious, with a vow of food silence.
It’s perhaps this strictness that causes them to snack less ,which is probably what attributes to their weight loss if they are sticking to their calorie plan.
The smaller eating windows also means you spend time looking for things that are likely to fill you up for longer, so your dietary choices may include larger than average sized meals with bigger protein portions. In general foods that are likely to keep you full and not make you hungry half an hour later.
So your meal sizes could be twice, three or sometimes four times the size of someone who is eating multiple times a day. This gives you another psychological edge that you may not think you are in a diet when going through this period.
One thing I have noticed though is the sheer volume of food you may need to consume in a short period of time may be overwhelming for many. It’s that ‘eat as much as you want’ buffet mentality, most people tap out only after a few plates when you probably need another 3 down you to make your numbers. This might be one of the other secret contributors to the weight loss initially.
It also takes a lot of time to consume that amount of food, so a big chunk of your eating window will be spent pretty much grazing if you have a small one. This has the potential to be somewhat antisocial. Same goes for going to events outside of your eating window where everyone is boozing and eating and you’re an awkward hungry sober joe. This actually might have quite the impact on your social life.
One thing this method does suggest is your overall energy levels might be kinda low throughout the day. You tend to dip in energy after a large meal (food nap) and if you are going without energy for a while, you will dip as well. Becasuse of this, I associate intermittent fasting with most big cats.
They can be very athletic for short periods but without a constant food supply, most of the time, they aren’t really getting up to much apart from spooning and even if they were, they can’t do much for long.
Fasters can be sleepy, quite lethargic people, with short energy fuses and bodies which may look better than they actually perform. Because of this, they may actually lower their daily deficit, over someone who eats the same calories spread out across the day but leads a more active lifestyle
For the average person, you probably won’t see any ‘enhanced’ weight loss using this method, however if you like to pig out on huge meals and don’t mind eating infrequently (like a medieval king) and you also like that psychological impact of actively knowing you are attacking your fat levels with long periods without eating, then this is probably good for you.
It’s also good for you if you have quite a relaxed lifestyle and don’t draw any long physical demands on your body.
If you need your energy levels for work or life in general, perhaps your suited to another approach.