Why I Quit Intermittent Fasting In Late-2017.
Have you ever found yourself on the path, going about your business, pushing hard, getting results and seeing some progression, but instinctively, intuitively had a recurring thought or voice in your head that may be faint initially, but is increasingly, persistently telling you to change your course?
It could be something very crucial in the scheme of things, it may be minutia, but nonetheless, the internal voice and the message just won’t go away…….
For the better part of this past decade, I have utilized what I consider an awesome tool of calorie management and weight loss, that being Intermittent Fasting.
Like any diet technique worth its “weight,” Intermittent Fasting is ultimately effective because it helps those that are compatible with its norms and parameters to control calories.
While there are a ton of other physiological and possibly psychological benefits, every single diet is inevitably successful due to either being in deficit (weight-loss) or excess (weight-gain) dependent upon goals in place.
I used IF for all I could.
I enjoyed the benefits, the flexibility, the structure. It was exactly what I needed to get to and maintain 10%,– single-digit body fat percentage, year-round, as a natural strength and aesthetic enthusiast.
But, as I have advanced in age and have made IF a lifestyle, through my own experimentation as a regular working stiff in this real world, I have noticed subtle changes.
The changes, while faint, were obviously and unequivocally progressive.
My body fat percentage was consistently low, hovering around the range I mentioned above for years. I was enjoying success in my sphere, but gains were becoming increasingly difficult despite my experience, effort and application. I pushed, pulled, lifted, carried, but just couldn’t bring what I knew I could. My heart, my spirit, was eclipsing my true effort. I reached for more, but my usual, dependable reserve was nowhere to be found.
Was I washed-up?
Plummeting over the hill?
Father time waiting at the very bottom to kick my ass?
Aging is inevitable, you are never going to be younger than you were yesterday.
But, I believe as a natural trainee, the regression is certainly somewhat proportionate to a function of not only your heart, your effort, but also application.
Intuitively, even though I was/am an advocate of IF, I knew in my current life situation, my demands, and my body fat percentage, if I was to take things to a next level, at 46, I needed a change.
It sort of hit me out of the blue.
At my current state of nation, homeostasis, and body fat percentage, I needed fuel.
On November 2, 2017, I ate breakfast before training, something I haven’t done for several years.
Nothing heavy, just a protein shake and a piece of multi-grain toast, but early returns are very encouraging. I had one of the very best sessions I have had in years.
And the pump. WOW!
To be continued…….