08 February 2008

Thinking Part II

Now it's 2 hours later and time to continue my thinking......

If you do a G**gle search for Intermittent Eating you will be amazed at the amount of info out there. Granted, it's the internet and a lot of it is crap, but there is some good stuff too if you can weed through it. There are all kinds of studies on fasting and there are some serious indications that it may help level off hormones, increase fat burning, reduce cancer risks, etc.

Let me clarify something. I'm not talking 3 days nothing but juice or some sort of master cleanse kind of thing. I'm talking taking a temporary break from eating once or twice a week, 24 hours at most. That's all.

Let's look at the numbers. If my BMR is 1500 (rounded for simplicity). That's what it takes me just to live. If I add in some activity what am I talking, a couple of hundred more calories?? So let's say in a day I burn 1800 cals. The prevailing theories say I should eat 500 cals a day less to lose 1 lb a week. That would be 1300 cals a day. I would die. But, if I ate normally and consumed my 1800 or so cals a day but fasted for 2 days, that would be 3600 cals cut a week and theoretically 1 lb lost. Now these 2 days would not be back to back and would only be for 24 hours. So if I eat dinner Monday night at 6 pm, I wouldn't eat again till Tuesday night at 6 pm.

Another school of thought says you should vary your calories day to day so your body doesn't get used to the input. This is just another variation of calories. There are some weekend days when I don't eat until noon or 1. And those are days I've worked out, so that doesn't appear to have any effect on me. I have never bought into the theory that your body goes into starvation mode as soon as you get hungry. I believe hunger is a natural human state that we have never experienced in our lifetime. Yes, I said that. I don't believe anyone of us has every experienced real, true hunger.

I'm sitting here right now drinking my green tea and I haven't eaten since 7 pm last night. So basically I'm 14 hours fasted. I only have 10 more hours to go. Maybe I'll do it today and see how it goes.

Anyway, thought I'd throw this info out there. I'm seriously considering giving this a shot and seeing how it works. I'll let you know what happens.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

There are some religions which fast one day a month, and then donate what they would have ate in that time period to charity. I guess it has a double effect that way.

Faced my fears

 So I mentioned that I had gotten some of the cups I ordered. They are Stanley dupes and have gold plating under the powder coating, so when...