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Intermittent fasting-another potential option.

A lot of people have been asking what Intermittent fasting is all about so here is my attempt to explain it. The basic idea of it is to go ~15+ hrs without eating and then eat within a 6-8 hr window. I' situate the "feeding times" around my o-lifting training schedule typically eating from 12-7 allowing for pre and post workout meals. Its NOT about restricting calories, you are still eating the same amount of calories, just in a compressed window, however there are two interesting processes at work: First, just giving the body a rest from the digestive process is like shutting off the engine of a car. The engine lasts longer because it is resting from the mechanical wear of moving parts, and the accumulated debris of increasingly dirty oil. (For us, that would mean less sludge in the arteries from not carrying around fat particles, and resting the cells from the work of digestion.) Basically, you are decreasing the rate of oxidation in the body (less rust!). Second, fasting not only is a rest, it's a stress. When we stress, then rest our muscles, they get stronger. Apparently, when we fast, we impose a unique metabolic stress that also makes us stronger in a metabolic sense. We become primed to use food more efficiently. Our sensitivity to the actions of insulin increases---which means we need to put out less insulin to get the needed response. Hormones that have positive effects in our bodies increase: growth hormone increases, as do certain brain neuropeptides that are protective against Alzheimer's. Immunity to disease seems to strengthen as part of this neuroendocrine response to fasting. They key being that you still need to be putting good food in your body to get results out of it, however it allows you to process the food you are eating more efficiently. At first this more efficient processing tends to lead to weight loss and then once the efficiencies are realized the weight begins to stabilize so regardless if you are looking to loose weight or not it could be a interesting alternative to try. My Experience with it and links to resources on it are included in the extended link bellow. My Experience With it: My attempt has been to eat around 110g of protein a day (my lean muscle mass) keep my carb blocks low to mainly veggies an ensure I'm getting plenty of good fat! Overall Im amazed with how well my body has responded to it. Nutrition is such a difficult area because everybodys bodies responds so differently and what works for one person wont necessarily work for another. I was in such a habit of eating as soon I get up and every couple hrs between then and when I went to bed, so at first it was tough to go extended periods without food-especially in the morning. But once I decide to do something, I do it and I'm pretty good at telling my mind to shut up. I don't have a problem in the evening, and actually find that I am sleeping better not eating to late at night. The crazy thing is that after about the 3 week mark, I could actually feel a difference in how my body processes food. First off, food tastes Oh so good because I am eating because I want/need to eat not because I "should" be eating. Secondly, it is like my body is ready for food when I eat and is able to digest it right away. And Thirdly my energy levels are up and strength is increasing so it does not seem to have had a negative affect on my performance. When I started in January I was 62kg and had a back squat of 225. Now I’m down to 59kg with a back squat of 253. But I openly admit that I don’t completely understand how it works, but for me it does seem to work, so I have posted a few links to excellent resources on the topic: (1) Arthur Devanys Summary of Intermittent Fasting http://www.arthurdevany.com/2006/12/intermittent_fa_2.html (2) Rob Wolfs Intermittent Fasting Blog http://robbwolf.com/?cat=3http:// (3) Performance Menue Intermittent Fasting Forum http://www.cathletics.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=4 Although I don't have all the answers, keep sending me any questions that you have and I'll try to find them! Machine Machine@crossfit.ca