I’m happy to report that things are still going well with the intermittent fasting. I’m now hovering around the 21% body fat mark and very comfortably wearing my “thin jeans”!
If you’ve been following my posts you’ll know that I first tried a dinner-to-dinner 24 hour fast, then I tried timing it from lunch-to-lunch before eventually discovering that breakfast-to-breakfast seems to suit me best.
For a couple of weeks I got into a habit of fasting one day and then feeding for two. This was working out really well, but then I noticed my energy levels dipping and I started feeling generally a bit under the weather. So I decided that was probably a bit excessive. I’ve been feeding up for the last few days and feel back on form now, so I’m going to try a routine of fasting two days per week to see how that goes.
Monday seems like a good day to fast, mainly because there’s usually not much going on in my social life that day (not that it’s ever that exciting – I’m a freelance journalist and personal trainer for goodness sake!). And I’ll keep the second fast of the week floating between Thursday and Friday depending on what I’m up to and how I feel.
Despite last week’s “energy bonk”, I’m still really enjoying experimenting with intermittent fasting. One of the best things (apart from the fat loss, of course!) has been hearing from the surprising range people who are also doing it. There’s some great camaraderie on Twitter among those of us who are new to fasting and it’s also been really interesting to hear from people who’ve been practicing it for a long time.
I’m thinking about offering guest spots on this blog to long term intermittent fasters. I’m keen to about their experiences and I expect you will be too. Feel free to nominate yourself or someone else in the comments section below.
The other day I had a really interesting online chat with Antony Borsumato (Boz). Athletics fans will remember him as a top international hurdler who competed in the 2002 Commonwealth Games and the 2000 Olympics.
We were talking about this and that and got onto how I’m doing the fasting thing and he casually remarked, “We used to go without food for around 24 hours quite often when I trained. Never seemed to affect us, but a lot of people frowned upon it.”
I was quite amazed to hear that. I asked him whether it was with the aim of staying lean, or if it could have performance benefits. Here’s what he said:
“Lean. But it didn’t affect power levels at all, they stayed high.”
Wow! That is from an Olympic athlete guys.
Boz added that he thought getting a lot of protein on the days he did eat had really helped, so that’s something to bear in mind too.
I’ll see if I can get Boz to embellish a little more on this, but I know he’s not terribly keen to speak publicly about it. I can totally understand why too. We seem to have got to a place where, online in particular, if a person talks about their personal eating choices and some other people think they know a better way of eating, all hell can break loose!
Mind you, I actually think I’ve got less criticism from people when talking about intermittent fasting than after some people find out I’m vegetarian. It surprises me that eating nothing at all should be less offensive to certain people than not eating meat, but maybe it shouldn’t by now.
In other news, I have signed a contract with Bloomsbury publishing to write a book on fitness for weight loss, which I’m super-excited about! I’ll share more details on that soon.
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