It’s 9:45 a.m. and I’m freaking out.
“I’ve been awake for about three hours and I haven’t had any food yet.” “I should actually be thinking about meal number two at this point and should have about sixty grams of protein by now.”
“There goes all the hard work I put in yesterday at the gym.”
This was me a few years back.
The thought of my meal structure/timing getting disrupted could and would often ruin my day.
Based upon the advice of the day’s periodicals, I had the belief that if my body wasn’t continuously ingesting & digesting nutrients (protein in particular), I risked losing the strength & muscle mass that I worked so hard to gain.
Religiously, I would calculate my calories & macronutrients with a constant eye on the clock to make sure I had my protein every 2-3 hours.
I was thinking back on those days recently and realized that I probably went several years without experiencing the sensation known as hunger.
Hunger for many in the hardcore bodybuilding community carries an almost negative connotation.
When I first started to research alternative diet approaches I still carried a lot of the beliefs that I mentioned earlier, but decided to take a leap of faith and give ideas like intermittent fasting a try because I wasn’t satisfied with my progress.
Stepping away and out of convention was at first difficult, but then became enlightening and gave me the ability to view things objectively from a new perspective.
Biologically we are not very different from our ancestors who evolved based upon the availability of food.
Food was earned through the scavenge or the hunt and it certainly was not accessible every couple of hours.
Survival is nature’s main objective and hence our digestive and associated systems developed in a way to endure and in my opinion flourish through the tumultuous ebb & flow of impoverished times and occasions of surplus.
Hunger is not a bad thing.
In fact, some new research points out that fasting may in fact increase growth hormone resulting in interrupting the aging process, building lean muscle, burning fat, and lowering cholesterol.
All valuable in the quest of health, longevity and shred!