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Skipping Breakast and Lunch

There is a field of research out there on a technique called “Intermittent Fasting” or “IF” for short. It calls for eating generally only 5-8 of your waking hours, and fasting completely the rest of the day and night. Sounds crazy? Well, it isn’t. The research is solid that, with the right food choices during the eating period, there is good reason you might look and feel great and lose all the weight you want on this plan.

Not only that, but some people find it the easiest, fastest way to lose weight they have ever experienced, and they experience less hunger on IF than when they eat more regularly (The key here is some people—IF is not for everyone, and you should check with your doctor before you make a change to your eating patterns. If you are diabetic or take medication this plan could be dangerous for you).

The main reason IF works is that the body adapts to using fat for fuel in the absence of getting fed regularly. However, I know this contradicts a lot of what I’ve told you about how often to eat. However, regardless of how often you eat, the key to success is being able to eat sufficient protein and veggies. If you can do this on IF, great. If not, you will need to eat smaller meals more often. IF is not for everyone. If you are a large guy who requires 2 lb. of meat a day for protein and can’t sit down literally a 1 lb. of meat at a time, IF is not for you. Health-wise, IF also isn’t a good choice for everyone, especially those with digestive problems. However, I want you to realize it’s out there and may be for you.

One benefit of IF is that, during the fasting period each day, your body has extra time to heal, repair and rebuild rather than use up energy on digesting.

IF research comes out of the group of people who argue that our digestive system is much more similar to what it was in prehistoric times than anything else. After all, it takes many thousands of years for major evolution to take place in the body. Prehistorically, the body survived on meat and whatever fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds could be found. This type of eating is called “Paleo” and it’s a pretty simple, straightforward way to eat healthier and reach your ideal weight without hunger or malnutrition. Dairy products and grains are not part of Paleo eating. Potatoes are encouraged especially post-workout, but are not necessary.

IF can be done Paleo style or just with traditional foods. If you would rather not calorie-count or have to limit portions I suggest leaning towards at least a majority Paleo approach. You can never go wrong limiting processed foods and simple carbohydrates.

IF really is as simple as just picking a 5-8 hour window to eat, and abstain from eating (drink plenty of water and other zero-calorie beverages like fresh-brewed tea or water with lemon) the rest of the day. Most who follow IF choose to eat from 2pm or 4pm thru 9pm or 10pm each day. While it might take a week or two to adjust, most report increased energy and feelings of well being, and a lack of hunger--in fact less hunger than they used to have, during the day. It’s possible to adjust IF so that you eat for 10 hours and still enjoy the benefits if it suits you best. It is recommended to perform weight training during the eating period when possible. You can even IF just 2 or 3 times per week and receive benefits.

"by Gina Paulhus, owner of Home Bodies in-home fitness training, helping clients get in shape working out at home across New England since 2004."


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