So am I right to assume that I lost half of you with that headline with the other half yelling “Hang, hang on!”, “I thought today’s post / email was supposed to be about ‘Eating’!”
OK, yes it IS about ‘Eating’ but I’ll admit, I have ‘twisted’ it somewhat – so that now I’m actually talking about NOT eating. Well not forever but probably for periods longer than you’ve not eaten for before… well voluntarily anyways.
Now I KNOW that nearly 90% of you have either shut down your web browser or switched off your computer in dismay but for those of you who are still reading, albeit in quiet resolution or unenthusiastic anticipation – I will continue… all in the cause of fat burning ;-)
Good old Wikipedia defines Intermittent Fasting (IF) as a pattern of eating that alternates between periods of fasting (usually meaning consumption of water only) and non-fasting – but lets get some Paleo Primal input into the benefits of IF as a weight loss and fat burning process.
However before I send you off to ‘link-land’ know this – I DO practice what I promote here on the subject of IF and it has worked for me but I do suggest that you read around the topic for yourself before either jumping-straight-in OR dismissing-out-of-hand
- Out the gate lets start with the Top Ten Fasting Myths Debunked from Lean Gains guy Martin Berkhan
- A couple of very practical email-type posts on Robb Wolf’s blog, first is Paleo+IF+Crossfit=Works and the effect IF had on fat burning and a much older post that crucially talks about sleep & IF
- Of course you’ll need to check in on Mark Sisson’s point-of-view… with his How To: Intermittent Fasting
- Another more focused resource for IF learning and advice is over at Fast-5 (name derived from eating during a 5 hr window/day) (NB: you’ll need to signup to get the e-book BUT it IS free (unless of course you wanna pay $11 on Amazon)
- Conditioning Research has another great older post BUT with a linked update to a downloadable PDF on the benefits of IF on fat burning & human health generally
So in conclusion and lest you be confused or down-hearted… Intermittent Fasting IS NOT about self-denial and it IS NOT harsh – it IS based on science and fat burning results and really is worth investigation and trial to see if it might be a fit with your health & fitness plan.