As you may know, I am investigating two types of Intermittent Fasting (IF) to layer on top of my 4HB Slow Carb Diet (SCD) approach to weight loss.
Trying to decide between the two programs is tough.
ESE recommends 1-2 24-hour fasts during the week and explains that the benefits of fasting begin at about 16 hours and diminishing returns set in at about 30 hours. He illustrates this with data about hormone levels over time and how they look best between those two points. Thus Brad suggests 24 hours as a simple, easy to remember, and easy to stick with fasting period which puts you right in the middle of the maximum benefits you can get from IF.*
LG recommends a 16 hour fast and 8 hour eating window. He explains this preference by saying:
My take on IF shortens the fasting period down to 16 hours – in my opinion, an ideal compromise between getting the best out of the fasting, without the negatives that may follow with a longer fast. This leaves eight hours as your eating window, in which myself and most of my clients, eat three meals, leaving room for proper pre – and post workout nutrition….All of this is based on trial and error with regards to my own, and my clients, personal experiences. I feel that extreme measures, like confining the eating window to four hours or less, aren’t needed to in order to reap the benefits of intermittent fasting for those wishing to improve their body composition
Unfortunately, I can’t find any other justification about why this method is better than Brad’s version other than his personal experience.
I am leaning toward a bit of each, really. LG-type IF one some days and ESE-type IF on others. One benefit of the ESE 2×24 IF model is that, if something comes up where you have to break your fast (e.g. the boss wants to take you out to lunch), you can easily shift your fast to the next day or later in the week.
I’m still thinking it through.
In answer to my question yesterday about “Do I start fasting or not?” the answer was YES.
I stopped eating at about 9 PM on Sunday night. I did not eat again until about 5 PM Monday. So I guess I split the difference and fasted for 20 hours.
For dinner, I ate: a big bowl of my slow carb chili, some sugar-free jello with a small bit of light Redi Whip on top, a few cashews, a bit of Taco Bell burrito, and a bite of cookie.
According to SparkPeople, this comes in at about 940 calories. Allowing for windage and distance and we still come in under 1000 for the day.
Today will be a normal SCD day.
This morning was my fourteenth Workout A (lats/biceps and shoulders). (1) Close-grip pull-down (V-Bar grip) × 190 pounds (2) Machine shoulder press × 120 pounds
I was going to work out this morning but decided last night not to do it. Yes, I actively decided not to exercise today.
Yesterday I went to the doctor to have them look at the pinky finger on my right hand. It’s been bothering me for months now; it hurts when any lateral or rotational pressure is put the DIP (last) joint.
The doctor took a look and examined some x-rays and told me I have “traumatic arthritis” in that joint and that it would basically never get back to “normal.”
So he put me in a splint and told me to come back in a few weeks to see how things look at that point.
Now don’t go feeling too sorry for me; 90% of the time it feels fine. It’s only when something puts pressure on it that it hurts. I can still flex the joint in it’s normal motion (up and down) and make a fist, grip things, etc.
I could have worked out today – though I would need to take my splint off for the pull downs – but I choose not to.
Are you thinking, “John, you’re nuts. You should work out if you can. It makes you healthier and look better.”? I agree, but, as an adult who take responsibility for his own life, I get to choose what I do without fear of contradiction. Ain’t life grand?
So this week, I have decided to take the week off from working out.** I can’t run because I am waiting for my ankle to heal. I chose not to do my Occam’s Protocol workouts.
I will pick it up again next week. That’s another decision I made.
Breakfast @ 5:30 AM: two scoops Jack3d in water, one scoop of whey protein powder in water
Lunch @ 10:30 AM: vegetable soup
Dinner @ 6 PM: ham and beans, chili, cashews, ham, turkey slice, a few bites of strawberry, a spoon of natural peanut butter, an Atkins bar, water, diet soda
Other food throughout the day: water, coffee