After reading The Man Diet by Chad Howse, I decided to look into intermittent fasting (FI) as a diet option to get into better shape for the summer and upcoming shoulder surgery. IF requires that you fast for 16 hours and only consume calories during an 8-hour window each day.
There’s a lot of science behind IF, but essentially it boils down to this: the modern day high carbohydrate diet results in our system burning sugar for energy, resulting in fat being stored throughout our bodies. And eating all those carbs numerous times each day causes our insulin to spike each time, leading to higher concentrations of fat storage. So, limiting our eating window results in reduced insulin spikes, and, by replacing sugary foods with fat and protein, our bodies start utilizing stored body fat as fuel.
I initially tried eating between noon and 8:00 PM but realized that late night boredom tended to lead to overeating and poor sleep. Last Thursday I experimented with eating from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and it worked like a charm due to my requiring a hardcore cutoff and the fact that I have limited time to eat during the workday.
I won’t say this was easy the first few days, as I experienced brain fog and became incredibly tired (they call this the keto-flu), but my appetite decreased very quickly and I started feeling a rush of energy this morning upon waking from the best sleep I’ve had in a long time.
More to follow....