IF Experiment Update: One Month In.
Sunday, April 08, 2012
After a month of messing with Intermittent Fasting, I've learned a lot. At first, when I started it, I was not impressed. I liked the big post-workout meal, but my strength gains weren't picking up as fast as I'd hoped, and my weight loss all but stopped. I struggled to get all the extra protein into my diet, and when I did, trips to the bathroom became... challenging. I pushed through, knowing that it takes a body time to adjust. So glad I did.
Things I learned:
- You need to up your fiber intake on this diet, and Psyllium Husk is great for this, as are raspberries.
- Canned Mackerel, greek yogurt, fish, chicken and whey protein are lifesavers.
- Increase your water intake to match the increase in protein and fiber.
- Don't break your fast with a protein shake, bowl of oatmeal, or other foods with a high glycemic index, turkey sandwiches or eggs are a better choice.
- Most of all, optimal results take time... be patient.
I can maintain this through the rest of my weight loss period, and will be happy to follow this protocol once I focus on body recompostition at around 199 lbs. I started with a small loss, then a weight gain, another small loss and a long plateau. The last few weeks, losses have started coming consistently, and I'm down 10 more pounds overall (60+ since starting to change my life.)
My lifts are coming along easier, as the main difficulty in strength training while cutting calories is that you hurt your muscle gains without enough fuel. I'm getting the best of both worlds at the moment, and once I hit my goal weight, my daily calorie allowance skyrockets on lifting days, and I expect my strength to do the same.
I'm happy with it. Screw breakfast.