Adding Intermittent Fasting to my health & fitness journey a few years ago was one of the best decisions I have made.
Along with the health benefits, the flexibility that it has given me in lifestyle and food choice has been a blessing.
These days I do virtually all my training in a fasted state.
Fasted training probably isn’t for everyone, but I think it is worth giving it a chance if you prioritize aesthetics & health.
It can take days or possibly even weeks to get used to skipping breakfast, but I have found a couple “hacks” to make the process somewhat easier.
- Black Coffee. I used to love flavored coffees, actually I still do, but the way my schedule is set up, having a flavored coffee in the window in which I ingest calories would most likely affect my sleep. Black coffee can be an acquired taste for most, but it is a great tool for someone employing intermittent fasting. The caffeine content helps stave off hunger and that cup of coffee loaded up with anti-oxidants gives an awesome pre-workout boost.
- Another technique that is helpful is to get your heart rate up with some cardio or conditioning work. Two mile runs and sprints are my choices. Revving up the metabolism not only burns extra fat it also delays hunger.
- Finally, keeping fairly consistent with caloric intake also helps in avoiding binges with food. I like to stay in the upper ranges of my caloric requirements to not only help performance in training, but also to avoid going to extremes while enjoying food.
I would like to say that I have found value in the occasional splurge in regards to food (especially if you happen to be in the lower ranges of body fat percentage.) This diet reset can help not only for your mind set, but also I believe there is some physiological benefits as well.