Well I’ve given it about six weeks and my inverted lean gains style of intermittent fasting was, at the very least, a learning experience.
I feel as if it did, and didn’t work. I feel as if I’ve lost a little weight and thinned out a bit, though after the 3 week mark the losses dropped off and I saw little to no results after. My weight has fluctuated wildly, despite weighing myself at hte same time of day each time.
At the beginning of the experiment I was 221 pounds, at the three week mark I was 209lbs and now at the end I’m at 219 pounds. I have a feeling the fluctuation in weight is do to me “adjusting” to the two meal system and thereby eating more. I believe the initial loses I saw in the beginning were do more to caloric deficit then fasting magic.
Around the three week mark I began making a conscious effort to eat more at each meal. While I maintained a lower carb paleo diet I was still consuming a lot to manage the feelings of hunger. I also tried carbohydrate re-feeds which I ended up being uncomfortable with, because to me it was like giving heroin to a recovering addict to “help” him. It encouraged bad habits.
I want to close by saying Intermittent Fasting works. Lean Gains doesn’t need my humble opinion to validate its effectiveness, it works. This form of “early morning” or Inverted Lean Gains fasting, however, seems to not work.
I’m currently at 219lbs and 16% body fat, which is better than average but still a bit away from awesome. I’m not sure how I’ll approach cutting that last 3% to get where I want to be. Atkins seemed to have dropped the ball. ILG didn’t work. Eating everything and power lifting caused met o gain weight (which wasn’t a surprise) so now I have to ask myself, what now?
What does all this have to do with this website, the Chef In Jeans: A culinary website for men?
It comes down to the fact that in our modern world of convenience, food is a double edged sword. It can be the fuel that gets us through the day, and the poison that kills us slowly. As men we must realize we are accountable for everything we do, and that includes the food that goes into our mouths’.