Woops! Wrong Name. Reading the Roman Fitness Systems’ highly informative posts, IF 101 and IF 201, I realized that my normal routine is NOT a LeanGains-style IF regimen but rather a Warrior Diet schedule. LG is a daily 16-8 program whereas WD is a daily 20-4 program.
Up until now, I’ve called what I do LeanGains because it was closer to my schedule than the eatSTOPeat version (24- to 36-hour fasts once or twice a week) and because I didn’t know about WD. Now I know. Warrior Diet it is.
To Free Day or Not to Free Day. One of the things I really liked about the 4HB program when I started it in January of 2011 was that each week allowed for a Free Day in which you got to eat anything you damn well wanted and were encouraged to go a bit nuts. It helped convince me to get off my ass and do something because it offered a set reward for my dietary sacrifices during the week.
Yes, I understand that if I were able to stick to a hard-and-fast-eat-what’s-right program many good things would happen: my sweet tooth would (mostly) go away, I’d lose weight and fat faster, etc., but I like my Free Days and I’m gonna take them.
[Why do this?] The abridged version: when you’re dieting, leptin levels drop, which slows down fat loss. When you overfeed (cheat), leptin levels get bumped back up, increasing rate of fat loss. Putting a fast fat after a cheat, therefore, does two things:
1) Prevents any fat gain from the caloric spillover of eating, oh, I dunno, 14,000 calories worth of ice cream by creating an immediate deficit.
2) Elevated leptin levels from the cheat prevent stagnated fat loss, allowing the hormonal benefit from the fast to proceed uninterrupted.
he usually eats breakfast on the second day, making his fast about 32-36 hours. For me, though, I’m going to skip eating today, fast like normal tomorrow, and start up again tomorrow evening when I get home Tuesday evening.
Since my last food intake was Sunday night at about 8 PM, my total fasting time will be closer to 44 hours. This is similar to what I did on Wednesday/Thursday of last week.
I think that adding in this null day will help. We’ll see.
- Tomorrow’s post is about the Rebel Race. Preview: it sucked.
- Next week I’m going to write about reengaging my workout program starting in September.