Thriver Talk Tall Tales…Intermittent Fasting

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Summer may be bouncing around the corner, and we want to lose weight, look good, gain muscles. Overall, we want to change, to look better or feel better about ourselves. There is nothing wrong with that – nothing at all!

The issue lays in how you do it and one method I had often heard is – intermittent dieting.

In layman’s terms, intermittent fasting is merely a pattern of eating. It’s not a diet plan; it’s just a conscious decision to skip meals on purpose. You would intermittently eat during a short time window of the day and fast for the rest of the day.

Changing your body is emotional because you’re the one who sees and thinks about your body the most. If you hate what you’re seeing, you want to change. Granted, many of us don’t follow through, but many resorts to extreme diets – mainly when we want to see results immediately.

It’s unfortunate, but there are those who don’t feel that making better choices in their everyday lifestyle is good enough. They want something that feels like it affects – it is all psychological. What is even more unfortunate is that there are people who take advantage of that!

However, when you got to make a living, you got to make a living even if it meant earning it through people insecurity. Of course, there is nothing to be ashamed of, after all, everybody does it! Beauty gurus, bankers, house sellers…everybody.

Back to the real topic, I admit, I had gone through the intermittent phase because I gained an unreasonable weight in sophomore of high school – you know, when I finally hit puberty. I starve myself, and I did lose weight, but when I started eating again, everything came back. I was also pretty grumpy all the time since I was always hungry.

I’m not here to say Intermittent Fasting is a good or bad thing, but I am reviewing some myths I’ve heard.

Myth #1: Lose fat without a Calorie Deficit

When you go without food long enough, your body starts burning fat. Fasting also increases your insulin sensitivity, which generally helps you store less fat.

The problem with this idea is that your total calorie intake evens out over the course of a day.

There’s also no evidence that intermittent fasting will change your insulin levels enough to affect your body composition.

Myth #2: Lose Fat and Gain Muscle

This idea is similar to the first, yet takes the concept one step further, and the studies are bogus. It’s basically common sense that you can’t build muscles just laying around.

You might as well go to the gym and gain a little weight which will turn into muscles!

Myth #3: Better than Snacking

For a while, almost everyone recommended that you eat small meals throughout the day. Self-styled gurus everywhere claimed that it helped keep your blood sugar and hunger under control, boosted your metabolic rate, and provided more energy for your workouts. This was a trend that kept going for a while, but we soon find out its bogus.

There are many trendy claims, but don’t fall for them. Do what you deemed is worthy!

Overall, when you’re eating isn’t necessarily important as what you’re eating. I eat a bowl of fruit at 3 am in the morning before, and I feel perfectly fine. It’s not when you eat, but what you’re eating!

Read this, it will change your life! Eat whenever! Food Forever!

Sorry guys, I’m really passionate about food.