Connect
To Top


How Intermittent Fasting Works to Blast Off Blubber


7211-eat6Intermittent fasting is becoming increasingly popular. What is it? One version is a two-days-a-week diet. Twice a week you eat only 600 calories a day, and according to many, the bodyfat just falls off without much effort.

In the September ’13 Health, Dr. Michael Mosley, a science journalist and author of the new book The Fast Diet, says that intermittent fasting helps people shed weight and also reduces their risk of heart disease and diabetes. He speaks from experience:

“After three months, I had lost 19 pounds (down from 187 to 168), and my bodyfat had dropped from 28 to 21 percent. I lost three inches around my waist and stopped snoring. Even better, my diabetes and heart disease risks, as indicated by blood tests, improved in spectacular fashion. My wife, Clare, who is also a doctor, was impressed.”

So how do you eat on “fast days”? You can eat all of your calories at one sitting—500 for women, 600 for men—split them between breakfast and dinner or even have three small meals. If you’re concerned about keeping muscle, the three meals a day will probably be best, emphasizing protein and high-fiber, low-glycemic carbs. The best days for most people will be Monday, after a “cheat” day or days on the weekend, and Thursday or Friday.

Will you lose muscle on the fasting days? Good question. Six hundred calories isn’t much, but it’s just for one day, not consecutive days. And will you be able to tolerate a workout on the low-calorie days? Another good question. Most of those in the bodybuilding industry who do intermittent fasting—and there are a few—say no. You may have to try it to determine how it affects you.

—Steve Holman

 

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

More in Latest

  • Vitamin G

    A new study shows that vitamin C could be called vitamin G, for “Get off your ass.” Published in the journal Nutrients,...

    Sharon OrtigasMarch 29, 2017
  • Produce Happiness

    Fresh fruits and vegetables are great for your abs, but they are also pretty darn good for your head. Info published...

    Sharon OrtigasMarch 28, 2017
  • No Protein? No Problem

    There’s a reason no one cycles protein the way they do carbs: Because protein is awesome and you always want get plenty of it....

    Sharon OrtigasMarch 27, 2017
  • Be A Nostrabadass

    “Strong people are harder to kill than weak people and more useful in general,” is a famous quote by strength coach...

    Sharon OrtigasMarch 24, 2017
  • I’m In Trouble? Urine Trouble.

    Proper hydration is vital for optimum health, strength, performance, and a fast metabolism. Hydration needs are highly individual, though. Size, activity...

    Sharon OrtigasMarch 23, 2017
  • Drink Your Greens

    A health-based supplement is gaining popularity among serious fitness enthusiasts. By Jenevieve Roper, PhD, CSCS, CISSN Okay, let’s be honest: How...

    Sharon OrtigasMarch 10, 2017
  • Lead From The Front

    When it comes to training, nutrition, and now supplements, Kris Gethin is always the first one through the door.    By...

    Sharon OrtigasMarch 9, 2017
  • Nine The Hard Way

    Hed: Nine The Hard Way This ultimate shoulder annihilator will finally get your delts to pop. By: Redmann Wright. Today’s world...

    Sharon OrtigasMarch 8, 2017
  • Tana Ashlee

    The Instagram training sensation is serious about helping make fitness more approachable for women. Interview by Mike Carlson As a city,...

    Sharon OrtigasMarch 7, 2017