IF: Intermittent Fasting - Body Hack or BS
If you've seen the above picture you probably already know about Intermittent Fasting via LeanGains, a blog run by, strangely enough, the guy in the picture: Martin Berkham. Berkham's a proponent of IF and has created an entire diet protocol based on it.
But for those of you who've never heard of this crap before, here's what I've learned in the past few days since stumbling upon it:
- In the simplest version of IF, you eat only for a set "window" and fast the rest. For example, 8 hour window in which you have your meals.
- You still count your calories if you're trying to lose weight and it's not an excuse to eat garbage
- There's a lot of both hype and science behind why IF is a good thing
Basically the benefits/concept behind this is that your entire system, from your GI tract to your insulin levels/etc. all function better if they're not being pinged every few hours. This is contrary to the "small meals through the day" protocol which has been going around for the past decade or so.
The list of suggested benefits (via TheIFLife.com):
- Reduced blood glucose and insulin levels (markers of improved health)
- Increased fatty acid oxidation
- Maintenance of lean mass (muscle)
- Reduced inflammation
- Reduced oxidative damage
- Increased cellular stress resistance (esp of heart and brain)
- Decreased risks associated with degenerative diseases of aging (cancers, heart diseases, diabetes, Alzheimers)
Which sets my Skeptic Sense ringing, but from what I've read (so far) there is some credible science behind it.
So has anyone had any experience with IF? I've been trying it for two days so far, and should probably keep a log about my experiences. But the only thing I've noticed is a weird feeling in my midsection, combined with a furious and righteous hunger up until 12 PM when my "feeding window" opens.