I stumbled upon an old diet strategy from one of the respected strength coaches Dan John in his book titled Before We Go. He speaks about intermittent fasting and says that to be an effective tool. On a similar note, I have been practicing a casual fasting method since six months. I fast only during Sunday mornings and thus skip my breakfast and have a light lunch. I now don’t find it difficult to control my hunger; whereas, the hunger pangs would turn me off and I would hog a heavy lunch earlier—initial days. Moreover, the few hours of fasting would further, psychologically, trouble me as the hunger would unabatedly continue to remind me of food, food, and food. I would continue to indulge and eat a cup of ice cream. Likewise, whenever I cut down my calories I would develop sweet tooth. Ice cream, cookies, or chocolates would satiate my craving.
Now, however, I have adapted to the fasting and don’t have those cravings for sweets and heavy lunch. I have to see if I can go beyond that and adopt what Dan says—fast for twenty four hours. He also says not to fast on a workout day. Truly so! I believe you are better off fasting on a non-workout day. What if you perform your workout routine burning several calories and then feel hungry? Not the right kind off scenario to fast, peacefully.
Dan also affirms about developing mental focus in the game of strength by adopting this method. He says, “This is the fastest way I know.” Nonetheless, we also have to think about the resistance we would have developed to fast. Perhaps, we would have never tried our hand at this. Also, all of us would never want to expand our comfort zone and fast and feel annoyed. However, this is on the cards, and I will try adopting this dietary challenge very soon.
Importantly, I have to say that I had never dreamt of fasting even for few hours. However, since I turned forty years old I also see that my metabolism is relatively sluggish. A slow metabolic rate means easy fat gain, for I have to look at holistic ways, which can help me to sustain muscle and lose fat. I honestly feel the fasting method, though negligible, I have adopted helps to maintain my muscle and not gain fat. Nevertheless, I have to try fasting for twenty four and see the benefits, for it is a gigantic challenge for me.
PS: Anybody interested in fasting for twenty four hours or beyond one meal, please let me know. If I am answerable to you, chances of succeeding in this challenge is more.