The Advantages and disadvantags of intermittent fasting

Backed by leaders in muscle building and fitness like Bodybuilding.com and Leangains.com, and used by stars like “The Rock” and Hugh Jackman (Wolverine from X-men), IF (intermittent fasting) has been proven time and time again to give the most to any workout. Thought the term fasting remains a somehwat scary thing to the uninformed, it might surprise you to know the details are exactly the opposite. Something that might help is reading what it was like for one man who wrote about his own experieces with IF and while the IF method he chose is one of many, you are able to choose which days you fast, and for how long. You get to choose what you eat and when you eat, and you’ll feel great and see amazing results immediately after beginning this. Introducing the Eat Stop Eat Diet. As many who live this lifestyle say, it’s less a diet and nutrition plan as an eating schedule.

To answer some commonly asked questions about IF, we felt it was important to include some FAQ’s here. There is also another report from someone that is extremely well written about his 2 year experiences with IF and even provides links to his blood work thereafter.

1. Is this some kind of fad detox quick weight loss diet?

A: No, though we can see where people might think that without reading up on it first. Your body will detox on its own, that is what our liver and kidneys are for. IF is a tool that you can use which will bring about benefits that are long term, lasting and healthier overall.

2. What should I be eating or drinking while fasting?

A: No food at all, and while most programs say you should drink nothing but water during your fasting phase, coffee seems to be fine provided you don’t add sugar or cream to it. The same goes for most teas. No zero calorie sodas though.

3.How many calories should I be eating?

A: Your weight loss goals should be long-term rather than short-term goals, so it’s best not to check it daily and save yourself the crazy making if you accidentally go over or under your amount. There’s no need to do that with an IF program. As long as you focus on eating healthy foods, preferably raw/organic (buy from farmer’s markets where possible) you shouldn’t have any issues with overeating in terms of caloric intake. IF plans help to balance out the days you eat more with the ones you eat less naturally.

4. Is this based off of Paleo or low-carb like Atkins diets?

A: No is the short answer. Fasting means fasting, it’s not eating during certain time periods and that’s all. What you’re eating isn’t that big a deal as long as it’s in moderation as with most things. By making sure you eat real foods rather than processed, you’ll see better results naturally anyway. IF is just a tool to help you lose the weight and fat that has been problematic and to teach you a better way to time your eating habits for best fat loss.

5. Don’t I need to eat protein every few hours?

A: Please keep in mind that marketers make a ton of money off promoting the need for things we actually don’t need including supplements. It’s a multi-billion dollar industry that shows no sign of stopping growth. They’re not going to stop trying to convince people who want desperately to believe that they need to eat protein constantly for muscle gain. Thing is, there’s a ton of research out there than debunks it rather quickly and efficiently so it’s up to you if you’d rather believe the sales hype or real science.

6. What sorts of exercise are best to pair with IF?

A: It’s been shown that shorter bursts of more effort with resistance training at higher intensity intervals generates better post workout responses with regard to fat loss, muscle repair and nutrient usage. Swimming is an excellent source of resistance training and also easy on the joints. These metabolic bodily responses last well through the 48 hour mark, meaning your efforts are long lasting.  Trying to pair IF with cardio training isn’t the best use of your program. It increases recovery demands from your body which places stress unduly on you and leads to burnout if you cannot manage it. Short but intense workouts like swimming laps in the pool, or using resistance bands can work wonders 2-3x a week.

7. I can probably do this during my work week but it might be harder on the weekends, is that okay? Will this still work for me?

A: Yes, the thing is, you’re incorporating IF into your daily routine when it suits you. The great thing about IF programs is that they’re so easy to suit even the busiest of people. If you’re only able to work it in on your work week and stop during the weekends, it isn’t going to set you back at all. Just by doing IF as often as you can, you’re going to see loss of fat and gains in lean muscle more than if you just didn’t do it at all.

8. Will IF make me lose my muscle mass along with the fat it’s supposed to burn?

A: Gaining muscle requires calories in excess of requirements, while losing weight and fat requires calories below the requirements (recommendations) There really isn’t any way to get “ripped” and lose weight also. Usually a person will get to the point where they’ve lost most their body fat before deciding if they want to try to pack on bulk muscles or lean muscles at which point they will need to take in an overage of calories to support the muscle growth and extra energy expenditures. Just be sure you’re eating 150 grams of protein daily just to be safe, and not to worry, your muscle mass will stay just where it is.

2 Responses to FAQ’s For Intermittent Fasting

  • While I agree with the benefits of intermittent fasting I disagree with “that it doesn’t matter what you eat as long as it’s in moderation”, We evolved over 2.6 million years on a diet that was high in fat, moderate in protein and scarcely any carbohydrates. Based on these facts it does matter what we eat when not fasting as grains and starches illicit a strong insulin response that prevents one from accessing one’s own body fat for energy. If one eats a diet as we evolved on (low carb) then one will continue to burn fat even during non-fasting periods.

    It is true that one can be fit and lean eating a high carbohydrate diet but not necessarily healthy. I know all these things from personal experience as I’ve been on both sides of the coin so to speak. Eating grains and starches will cause all sorts of internal problems including many auto-immune diseases in addition to preventing one from being able to utilize free-fatty acids and ketones for energy. The aforementioned fats are also a much more efficient source of energy compared to glucose and cleaner burning leaving less oxidized residue in the human system.

  • Carl, I appreciate your well-thought out response certainly but wanted to make sure that the intent of the post as with my interpretation of this diet/way of living/lifestyle is not being misconstrued unfairly.

    Intermittent fasting does not mean that a person can just eat whatever they feel like and not expect to gain weight. There are foods that are better for our bodies and those which are not, regardless how far back in time you would like to go. Though the point could be argued as well, that humans have evolved alongside things like MSG and other fillers being put into our food and injected into our livestock, so very little remains organically as whole and healthy as it was when we were farming our own food and living off the land, but how many people can afford to live this way these days? How many do it anyway?

    So we have evolved alongside our new foods (most of which aren’t actual food at all) to be able to digest it, but it still doesn’t mean it’s healthy to eat.

    You are correct about not indulging more on carbs than on healthy high fats and protein, because studies continue to show that low carb diets remain at the top because they’re the best for our bodies, regardless of body type, blood type or whatever else marketers would have us believe. We need healthy fats to burn away during times of strenuous exercise, and during times when we are not exerting ourselves as much, less fats are fine. Lots of protein and very minimal carbs to avoid metabolic disorders and even diabetes, not to mention links to things like fibromyalgia and heart disease.

    The post here was not promoting the ability to just eat whatever you want, so buy this program because you don’t have to change and you can lose weight, that’s magic not science, and it’s also fluff and nonsense. It is meant to say that you can eat what should be obvious (healthy) foods, but should do so in moderation. Yes, things like yogurt are good for you, but if you ate the entire tub of yogurt – it’s not. Cream is fine to cook with and to use sparingly elsewhere, but a person who sat to drink the entire carton would have issues.

    Much of the post deals with common sense issues. People looking to lose weight know better than to assume that they can keep eating cake or candy, chocolate and big plates of pasta and expect to drop their extra pounds/kilos. What I had hoped to pass along was the good sense message of eating in moderation, whatever it is you choose to eat to get healthier, it does you no good whatsoever if you eat the entire thing, or more than your serving or portion size.

    Thank you for your post, you’ve nailed the nutritional facts dead to rights, and I appreciate that.

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Brad Pilon



Brad Pilon has an Honours Degree in Nutrition, 10 years experience in the food supplements industry and is an amateur bodybuilding awards winner. 


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