Intermittent Fasting. A true game changer

6-8 small meals a day. Eating every 2 hours. You have to keep that metabolic furnace burning right? Well, maybe not. Science is now showing us that this accepted "truth" about nutrition might not be so great after all. Think about this for a second. What other animals eat continuously throughout the day? Cows, hippos, pandas? Name a cow that you have seen that has the type of physique you would want? Ok, now think about animals that eat once a day or once every couple days. Lions and other muscular predators. This is what we are trying to achieve. Toned muscle ready to pounce.

What is intermittent fasting?

Intermittent fasting is an eating style. It changes when you eat not what you eat. There are several different styles of intermittent fasting. Some styles fast once or twice a week for 24 hours (eat stop eat). Some for 16 hours a day (lean gains). Still others for 20-24 hours a day! (Which is what we recommend) This may seem unorthodox to some people. And it's not your fault. We as a culture have been fed a big lie. We are told that when we don't eat breakfast immediately upon waking and continue to eat throughout the day, we will suffer adverse effects. This simply isn't true. Lets look at who gains from you eating all day every day:

  • Large grocery store chains

  • Most supplement companies

  • Pharmaceutical companies (the real enemy)

  • Doctors

  • Lawyers

How do they benefit? Well, eating more means buying more. You have to buy more whey protein and meal replacement shakes for convenience. Eating more also means getting fatter and other health issues. And lawyers love to sue for just about anything (problems with food, health issues). Do you really want to line the pockets of these people?

The problems with eating 6-8 meals a day

There are several issues with eating frequently throughout the day:

  • Decreased fat burning

  • Causes insulin spikes

  • Hunger actually INCREASES

  • Food dependency

  • Your cells become overworked and never get a break

  • Stress and hassle of all those meals

Here is a great video by Dr. John Douillard explaining the dangers of constant eating

That's right. Everything you have been taught about eating is now being proven wrong by the scientific community. Lets look at each danger individually to better understand whats going on.

Decreased Fat Burning

When you eat your body immediately starts breaking down the food for energy. So how is your body supposed to burn your excess fat stores if it has constant supply of food energy to burn. Answer: It can't. Your body needs time without food to burn it's unneeded fat stores. Here is a link to a study comparing traditional eating vs intermittent fasting. The group fasting lost way more body fat than the other group.

But doesn't eating 6-8 meals a day increase thermogenesis and increase metabolism? The simple answer is no. In 1997, the British Journal of medicine did a very thorough review of all related studies. There findings? There was no evidence that eating 6 meals a day increases metabolism, thermogenesis, or weight loss.

Insulin spikes and sensitivity

As a nation, we have become so accustomed to eating frequently that our bodies have become insulin resistant. What does this mean? It means that our bodies need to release more insulin to control our blood sugar levels. Constantly having high levels of insulin in the blood stream leads to heart attack, stroke, blood vessel damage, obesity, and even cancer.

Increased hunger

The last thing you need when your trying to lose fat is feeling more hungry. Well science now shows that eating frequent meals actually increases hunger instead of blunting it. When you eat frequently your body becomes food dependent. When it doesn't receive this food you tend to get cranky and very hungry. No wonder people can't lose weight eating 6 times a day. Food dependency is a very real thing. It doesn't take a scientist to see restaurants packed at all hours of the day. It also doesn't take a genius to see your coworkers desk covered in snacks.

Cells are overworked and cannot get rid of toxins

When you eat your body releases insulin to shuttle nutrients to your cells. What happens when your cells simply don't need these excess nutrients? They get stored as fat. Not only that, your cells cannot perform an essential task for removing toxins. It's called autophagy. Your cells need time in order to perform this task. Without it, toxins can build up in your body making you very unhealthy. Here is a link to a study explaining how fasting actually induces autophagy.

Stress over preparing 6-8 meals (Supplement companies rejoice!)

So you have to wake up an hour early or stay up an hour later preparing your meals. Seems like this time could be spent better elsewhere. Want to know a little secret to why bodybuilders carry around Tupperware with a ton of meals? There protein synthesis is off the charts. They need to eat constantly or there muscles wont be able to sustain there huge size. The reason they can do this and you cant? Steroids! Ding Ding Ding we have a winner! A normal person cannot possibly follow the same routine as a bodybuilder on steroids. This is the same with weight training as well.

I couldn't imagine thinking about food this much. How would I ever get anything done. You don't need to put yourself through this much cortisol raising stress over your meals. This is where supplement companies come in. They take advantage of the fact preparing all this food is inconvenient. How do they do this? Meal replacement of course. Protein bars and shakes are a billion dollar industry. Why cook your own food when you can simple drink a shake?