First off all, I have been doing intermittent fasting for 1,5 years right now, and i have learned a lot about it during that time. Back when I started doing intermittent fasting I used it as a tool to lose fat, and it helped me with that, I just didn’t know why. Back then I thought that the reason why I was losing weight was that intermittent fasting put me in some sort of “fat burning mode”, and I didn’t realize that it was only a question of calories in vs calories out. Bodyweight management comes down to caloric balance and nothing else. It is really a very simple concept, but somehow most of the population is infused with other ideas because there is so much wrong information on the internet. I hate to be cocky like this and sound like I know everything, but the coalition between body weight management and caloric balance is just not something to debate.
Make sure to check out these previous posts of mine for more info on intermittent fasting:
- Meal Timing & Intermittent fasting (my thoughts)
Intermittent fasting just makes it easier
The reason I was able to lose a lot of fat with intermittent fasting, was because it made it easier to be in a caloric deficit. As I just mentioned, bodyweight management comes down to caloric balance, and you need to be in a caloric deficit to lose weight. Whether you’re intermittent fasting or not, eating 8 meals a day or 1 meal a day, you have to be in a calorie deficit to lose weight. The reason intermittent fasting makes being in a caloric deficit easier is that you can eat larger and more enjoyable meals when you do eat because you’ve fasted throughout the day and you have a lot of calories to eat in a smaller window. This is why I truly recommend intermittent fasting to anyone who struggles to lose weight because it really makes it a lot more enjoyable.
For more info on intermittent fasting check out this article
IF is not a “diet”
In my opinion, intermittent fasting should not be referred to as a “diet”. Intermittent fasting is just a way of eating according to your calorie expenditure and your goals, in a more enjoyable way. Also when you adapt to IF, you really don’t get hungry during the day, and you feel a lot more productive without food. One of the things that really gets on my nerves, is when people think that I’m doing IF because I think it is some sort of magical tool. If people ask me what diet it is that I am on, it is always kind of a losing battle for me to explain. It’s not a diet. The thing is that my diet is the same as everyone else’s, I just eat my calories at night instead of throughout the day. It always seems so weird to people, and they’re always convinced that it is unsustainable and that I’m definitely going to fall of this “diet” sooner or later. IT IS NOT A DIET! The way I see it is that I have a certain amount of calories to eat every day, and I just want to make it as enjoyable as possible to stay in my caloric range. For some people it is most enjoyable to eat throughout the day, for me, it is most enjoyable to eat at night. Simple as that. I always try to convince people that there really is no difference between eating throughout the day and only eating at Night, as long as the number of calories stays the same!
This whole article has been a bit of a harsh ramble from my side, but hopefully, you got something out of it anyways! I’m really just trying to have more people discover intermittent fasting, because of my own positive experience. And I really want to emphasize that I don’t necessarily want anyone to do IF. I’m just trying to debunk some of all of the meal timing and calorie myths that are out there so that more people can reach their fitness goals while enjoying themselves to the fullest!!
With that said I hope that everyone is having a great week so far. Thank you so much if you read this whole article I truly appreciate it!!
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