Intermittent Fasting – Popular For Bodybuilders, Can Women Benefit Also?
Surging in popularity throughout the USA, Canada and the United Kingdom in the world of natural bodybuilding is a dieting concept known as Intermittent Fasting. A form of dieting, or eating plan, made popular for the purpose of rapid weight loss and fat burning. Completely blowing all the well known and commonly accepted nutritional principles of bodybuilding, Intermittent Fasting, or IF, has become so popular as such a controversial hot topic, the spread of information on IF has almost become viral on social networking and blogging sites. Almost as much as the popular Paleo / Paleolothic / Caveman diet.
Can a diet, originating as a life extensionist diet, based on minimal, infrequent meals, be applicable to women aiming to slim down and lose weight rapidly, safely and in a healthy manner? Well, in short, the answer seems to be a resounding YES! If you’re willing to follow the Intermittent Fasting principles correctly and appropriately, the you most certainly will and can build a lean, toned, slim and sexy fat free physique, full of energy and ooozing with vibrant health and energy. Does that sound appealing if you really think hard about it?
People utilising Intermittent Fasting techniques successfully, both female and male, have reported great increases in vitality, sex drive, energy, skin tone and appearance and a rapid slimming and toning effect, coupled with a dramatic loss of weight, while increasing lean muscle. Is this the holy grail of nutrition and diet?
One thing that is truly praised time and time again, is that Intermittent Fasting, has a massive impact on people determining the difference (which is truly huge) between physical hunger and mental / emotional hunger. Please do pay attention to this, as it is very important to ascertain the gross difference between both forms of hunger. For those of us often craving foods, especially chocolates and the like, we can easily determine when we are physically hungry and need food as fuel, or just emotionally, or psychologically hunger – which more often than not will always result in weight and fat gain.
No matter what diet you follow, whether you are interested in trying out IF, or another diet plan for slimming – it is critical to note that any successful nutritional program required you to eat more fresh, healthy, and less processed and packaged foods. And for you to exercise in a healthy, consistent, regular manner, as well as drinking plenty of pure water. Nothing is better for your health, body or mind, than lots of pure water.
Generally an Intermittent Fasting Diet is best for women who are accustomed to eating healthy, exercising and are of good mental health, with no history of eating disorders, and of course rules out lactating or pregnancy etc.
Here’s the nuts and bolts and the skinny on Intermittent Fasting.
Pick any 14 – 16 hours of any 24 hour period where you do not eat, you only drink water and calorie free green tea.
The easiest way to do this is to eat your last meal in a day at around 7PM/8PM, and then not eat again until the following day around 12 – 1PM. This means the majority of your fast you will be asleep, not hungry.
You will train in the morning in a fasted state. This also kills hunger in it’s steps.
Then during the eating portion of the day (the 8 hour window breaking the fast) you should consume a large quantity of very healthy, natural foods – think lean meats, chicken, sea food, fish and a lot of high fibre, slow release carbohydrates – mainly green vegetables, and nuts and seeds.
Remember to drink a lot of plain, pure water through any day. Especially prior to, during and following your exercise program.
And remember, the principles of Intermittent Fasting is not about skipping breakfast, it is all of the principles at play. Long periods of fasting (reducing insulin output), placing emphasis on calorie and portion control for fuel, and not emotional, or psychological eating, and eating mostly green and fibrous vegetables over any starchy carbohydrates.
We will soon be posting up much more information and detail specifically on the IF diet principles and how to execute variations on the IF diet for maximum weight loss and slimming.