Intermittent Fasting Basics for Beginners

Even though it’s really nothing new, Intermittent Fasting has gotten very BIG in the past couple of years. Hundreds of thousands (maybe millions) of people are using it to lose weight, maintain low bodyfat levels, build lean muscle mass, boost energy,  feel better, and improve their overall health. There’s a very popular new book out called FastDiet that includes a “lite” version of the method and is getting good reviews on Amazon. LeanGains is a well-known IF-based program that is at least partially responsible for the recent surge in popularity online.

I’ve used intermittent fasting on and off for years — beginning back in college in the 90’s before I’d even heard the term! — and I believe it’s a very powerful eating strategy. It’s especially effective for maintaining steady energy levels throughout the day and allowing the brain to think/function optimally. It’s one of the few practical dieting methods for losing fat while gaining a significant amount of lean muscle tissue at the same time. Also, IF is wonderful for people (like myself) who have a hard time giving up starchy carbs and sweets (although it can also be paired with a low-carb Paleo-style diet with great results!).

Many people think IF is some complicated dieting plan but in reality it’s really simple and relatively easy to follow once you learn the basics. The videos below do a great job of outlining the fundamentals of this unique eating strategy. Enjoy…

 

 

More good stuff here:

http://www.paleoplan.com/2012/05-03/intermittent-fasting-part-how-to-do-it/

http://www.theiflife.com/intermittent-fasting-101-how-to-start-part-i/

http://www.muscleandstrength.com/articles/basics-intermittent-fasting

 

4 Responses to Intermittent Fasting Basics for Beginners

  1. Tina April 14, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

    I’ve found intermittent fasting to be quite effective for me. It’s helped control the problem that I used to have with sweets. Now, when I do eat, I’m quite enjoying (and craving) the good stuff and tend to forget about the sweets.

  2. Dominick Lanting April 28, 2013 at 7:59 am #

    This is very interesting! It’s my first time to hear about intermittent fasting. I would like to try this out. Maybe I could overcome my cravings for unhealthy foods. Thanks for sharing! 😀

  3. Amy June 21, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

    I am interested in trying IF. I am already doing a modified Paleo type diet and this seems like a good addition. Thanks for the videos and links!

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