Experiments With Intermittent Fasting

by James Kerrison on October 17, 2011

When I first saw this I thought all of my Christmases had come at once!

Here was a guy, Dr John Berardi, who had documented the last six months of his life, which oddly enough was very similar to my six months.

If you don’t know, I am a big fan of using Intermittent Fasting as a way of life wether your goal be for weight loss or even muscle gain. For me it has been the easiest and most sustainable change to my eating habits that I have ever made. Not only that but during change I am the leanest and strongest I have ever been.

This makes me happy!

I have John’s Precision Nutrition System as well as his Gourmet Nutrition cookbook and both of these products are great resources. It uses a system that can be replicated by anyone, and everyone that follows the system gets great results.

Higher carbohydrate meals after intense exercise, lower carbohydrate meals the rest of the day, it’s a good approach that I recommend to my clients.

The biggest difference between what I was doing and what John was recommending was meal frequency. One of the ‘rules’ in the system, as you’ll see with many weight loss programs, is that you need to eat at least every three hours. So typically this is 5-6 small meals per day, or three big ones and three snacks. Either way it was poles apart form what I was doing with eating one or two meals per day…..

That was until John released the results from his six month self experimentation with Intermittent Fasting. John tried the most popular ‘mainstream’ fasting methods and documented his successes and ‘failures’ along the way.

It is great to get another solid review of Intermittent Fasting from someone who has long been a proponent on the need to be  eating every few hours. The best thing is that because of the nature of ‘IF’ and the general publics perception (and even the fitness industries) that not eating for ‘extended’ periods is the worst thing you can do for you body, all of this work is backed up by solid scientific evidence. So there’s John’s personal experiences and then there’s a whole body of research.

The amount of research is growing all the time, which can only be a good thing when it comes to finding the best method for YOU.

Further Reading:

My First Experience with Fasting

Lauren’s Experience  with 24 Hour Fasting

Kym’s Experience with Shorter ‘daily’ Fasts

John’s Experiments with Intermittent Fasting

The IF Life

A Look At Different Forms of IF


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