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Intermittent Fasting…for your Pocket?

Intermittent Fasting is fasting for long periods of a day and then taking in all your food within a specified window.

“Fuck You Paddy” is indeed a reasonable position on the surface but hear me out.

I’ve been doing intermittent fasting for about 18 months now and I’ve had better fat loss results than I’ve ever had in my life – whilst retaining muscle.

I have been following a straightforward 16:8 IF which means fasting for 16 hours and consuming the daily calories in the allocated 8 hour window. A typical day would involve eating lunch at 12 noon and then not eating after 8pm in the evening.  Yes….that does mean not eating breakfast. You would be surprised at how quickly you can adapt to this regime.

You can up-regulate and down-regulate your metabolism. This is something they should have taught you in school instead of the fucking food pyramid.

Benefits

  • Cash savings! – If you are eliminating a possible four hours worth of calories out of your daily diet you are saving the cost of an average 30 meals a month
  • Fat loss – Especially if you trying to see those abdominal muscles lower to your crotch.
  • Food tastes better – You wait 16 hours and see how damned good that home made Tupperware salad tastes!
  • Clear head – Mental acuity during your day. Combine IF with a reduction in processed carb and you can even stay awake in the afternoon!
  • Physiological Control – Imagine being able to control hunger instead of hunger controlling you…

Yes. These are subjective benefits to my experience. I am always reluctant to talk about diet because it is a very individual for each person. So this works for me. It may not work for you. But is it worth trying? Can you do it for a month? You can do anything for a month.

Go listen to some smart people like Dr Rhonda Patrick explain the goodies better than I can.

 

 

 

Building mental strength with iron

Happiness is a cold iron plate. I have long held the view that sport provides a human with a variety of necessary skills to deal with the rest of life. None more so than weight lifting. The never ending goals of improved technique perfection, increased strength or increased size provide a human with a necessity to constantly strive to overcome barriers. All top sports men and women understand what it is like to come up against mental blocks, physical limits and dealing with the inevitable injuries that come with training and performance. The experience of being mid-lift on  a new PR attempt in a deadlift where your body feels like it is imploding to a bench press where you feel like you are fighting for your life in a tunnel vision of sweat, ceiling light and a sudden acute awareness of dust particles in artificial lighting cannot be replicated in real life on a daily basis unless you have a death wish. If you succeed, you will immediately want to progress to the next weight of 2.5Kgs or 5kgs and push your next boundary. Fail, however, and you are forced to look at yourself. The failure is not external and the focus must be on technique, focus or effort.

All weight lifters meet failure on a regular basis. They also know the only way to deal with failure is to deconstruct the failure and learn how to overcome the current limit within oneself. In Irish culture, failure is viewed as the end of an effort and generally combined with a sense of pity with the failed individual. Some platitudes that resemble the language of the helpless will be pointlessly voiced. Failure is not the end of anything. It is a learning tool. The ability to deal with failure is an oversight in Irish culture and education and remember that gym memberships are cheaper than counselling. There are few feelings of content or satisfaction that can be experienced at the frequency offered by the challenges of weight lifting.  Now, get to the gym.

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