Whenever fasting is mentioned, there is always the same eye-rolling response: Starvation? That’s the answer? No. Fasting is completely different. Starvation is the involuntary absence of food. It is neither deliberate nor controlled. Starving people have no idea when and where their next meal will come from. Fasting, however, is the voluntary abstinence from food for spiritual, health or other reasons. Fasting may be done for any period of time, from a few hours to a few months. In a sense, fasting is part of everyday life. The term “breakfast” is the meal that breaks the fast— which we do daily.
Fung, Jason (2016-03-03). The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss
By simply skipping breakfast 3 days per week I will be setting my body up to lower it’s set point. Right now I believe that it is 193 pounds because after losing close to 30 last it I found it returned to that same point after a winter of eating wrong and not working out. The good thing is that I put on a lot of muscle mass last year and although my weight returned to the set point of 193 my waist did not return to 36 inches and stayed at 34.
I find that going 18 hours (6:00 PM until 12:00 noon) a few days a week doesn’t seem to effect my level of energy at all in a negative way. Actually I find myself more cognitive, less lethargic, and without food cravings. Even on those days where I am not intermittent fasting I still wait until around 8:00 AM before I have breakfast which creates a normal routine of waiting at least 14 hours before eating each day. The other two meals on fasting days have close to the same amount of calories as the 3 meals I eat on non fasting days. This keeps my energy level at a constant rate as my body doesn’t think it’s going into starvation mode. When we eat less calories we expend less calories.
Blood Sugar- 118, Weight- 188.6
Distance- 1.13 miles
Time- 18:04 minutes
Calories Burned- 128.3
Pulldowns- 60/60- 25
Rows- 60/60- 30
Reverse Fly’s- 25/25- 25
Lunch- Two Hamburgers with ketchup, 1/2 cup of mashed potatoes, Banana, Blueberries, Pistachios
Dinner- Eggplant Parmigiana, 1/2 cup of Spaghetti, Salad- Romaine Lettuce, Cucumber, Tomato with Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar.
Overall I am feeling pretty good. I reduced my cardio workout down to just a little over a mile per day and am keeping my bowflex strength training exercises at a low weight but high reps.