More on Intermittent Fasting - An Update
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
I've had folks turn up in my previous blog posts on the subject of LeanGains/IF when already heavy, asking for an update on my progress. I think I've made the transition from "experiment" to "incorporated routine." I've been through the early morning meetings or social gatherings where I have nothing but coffee and have to explain what I'm doing to folks who look at me like I'm from space. I've been through lots of fine tuning to make sure I have a varied diet while keeping my calories low, protein high and getting enough fiber.
In the last few months, my weight loss has been more stable and my gains from weight lifting more regular. I won 2nd place in Reddit's Body Transformation Fitness Challenge with a 12 week snapshot of my progress, and overall I've lost 81 pounds since Halloween of last year. I have more energy throughout the day, and I really do like getting to have one feast meal daily. Hunger is rarely an issue, sometimes I start to feel it the hours before I break the fast the day after a heavy workout, but it is manageable.
I have found certain foods have shifted into my routine as staples. Sure, there are the standard whey protein shakes, eggs and greek yogurt with plenty of veggies and chicken breast, but that is found in most fit peoples' diet. I've found beans, especially refried and even baked (while carefully watching the calories on the latter) are essential. Raspberries are like a magical food. Sweet by themselves, great antioxidants and TONS of fiber. Avocado and pistachios fill up my requirements for dietary fat, as well as natural peanut butter here and there. If you need to supplement, I recommend Optimum Nutrition for whey, fish oil on any day you don't eat fish, and I personally like Quest Bars quite a bit for the extra protein and fiber (plus they taste good.)
I'm looking forward to hitting my goal weight and seeing what happens when I increase my calories and focus on body recomposition, trying to stay the same weight and lower body fat %. I'll report back in when I've shifted my focus in that direction.