With so many options that often just become “fads” in how to eat, lose weight, and be healthy, it is important to research what you choose to do and why you choose to do it. But if I can give you one piece of advice prior to your research, it is this: do NOT think about this as a diet. Too many times have I seen people either go on a diet and lose weight only to end up gaining all of that weight back, or it just doesn’t work for them at all. Instead, no matter what you choose, go into it with the mindset that it is going to be a LIFESTYLE choice. Something you plan to do forever. If you chose to start working out and hire a trainer that is worth their grit, you will hear about how you have to change your mindset about working-out prior to lifting that first weight. Same goes for your eating habits. With this in mind, I chose a lifestyle of fasting, intermittently.
A little background on what the goals of intermittent fasting is striving towards:
- The goal of intermittent fasting is to restrict the amount of TIME you are eating rather than the amount of food, and in doing so open the window in which you’re “fasting”. In a general sense, there are no restrictions to WHAT you eat or how many calories you intake during your eating window.
- Your body uses several different options for generating energy in the form of macronutrients. The two we are concerning ourselves with are glucose (carbohydrates) and fats (lipids). When we eat, our body produces insulin, which in turn tells cells to absorb what we eat and stop using our storage of these macronutrients. Any access is then stored.
- When your body is in a fasting state, it will begin to breakdown the stored energy. The problem with this is that most of us never enter this state, and thus the introduction of intermittent fasting. By allowing enough time after a fed state, your body can start breaking down excess storage supplies.
- It is not a diet. You can choose to eat whatever you want, no calorie counting, and still follow the guidelines. You can be paleo, vegan, vegetarian, keto… Whatever your food of choice, you can use intermittent fasting to help lose weight! (aside from those donuts, just put those down already)
There are different options for fasting interval length, so for simplicity sake I chose to do an 8 hour eating window with a 16 hour fasting state… wait. 16 hours WITHOUT eating!!? Yea, that got me too. So to help try and “cushion” that time frame, I will be consuming calories during that window in the form of a bullet proof coffee. For those that don’t know, bullet proof coffee is comprised of butter, MCT oil, and, you guessed it, coffee. There are many different options for this as well, so do your own research and choose the one that will work the best for you.
In the following posts I will BRIEFLY (this post was a lot longer than most will be) go over how I feel, struggles I am facing, questions that I have, and the answers I have found. Again, these posts are more to hold me accountable. If you decide to follow my journey, please feel free to post questions, comments, concerns, or words of encouragement. Thanks and until next time!
– In Love and Health,
Dr. Nick Grady
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