Intermittent Fasting

This post is my continuously updated home for everything I learn about Intermittent Fasting: from why to fast, to how to fast, to what I’ve learned from doing 16 hour, 36 hour and 60+ hour fasts (and more).


Why Intermittent Fast?

A big enough why can overcome any how. That’s why I love starting with the “why” behind anything before moving to the “how.”

At the end of the day, the single biggest reason why I intermittent fast is the ease.

Intermittent fasting is not a diet. It is a pattern of eating. And this pattern of eating simplifies my entire life and maximizes the benefits I get from meals.

This is the single best quote I have found on what makes Intermittent Fasting…easy!

“Diets are easy in the contemplation, difficult in the execution. Intermittent fasting is just the opposite — it’s difficult in the contemplation but easy in the execution.

Most of us have contemplated going on a diet. When we find a diet that appeals to us, it seems as if it will be a breeze to do. But when we get into the nitty gritty of it, it becomes tough. For example, I stay on a low–carb diet almost all the time. But if I think about going on a low–fat diet, it looks easy. I think about bagels, whole wheat bread and jelly, mashed potatoes, corn, bananas by the dozen, etc. — all of which sound appealing. But were I to embark on such a low–fat diet I would soon tire of it and wish I could have meat and eggs. So a diet is easy in contemplation, but not so easy in the long–term execution.

Intermittent fasting is hard in the contemplation, of that there is no doubt. “You go without food for 24 hours?” people would ask, incredulously when we explained what we were doing. “I could never do that.” But once started, it’s a snap. No worries about what and where to eat for one or two out of the three meals per day. It’s a great liberation. Your food expenditures plummet. And you’re not particularly hungry. … Although it’s tough to overcome the idea of going without food, once you begin the regimen, nothing could be easier.”

Dr. Michael Eades

How to Intermittent Fast – A Beginners Guide

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