How I’m Getting CRAZY Results Doing Intermittent Fasting
Chris Michael Harris, Entrepreneur
Intermittent fasting has made a big impact on my life. My energy levels are high. My workouts are better, and my brain fog is gone. I’m not having crashes in the afternoon. I’m incredibly motivated, and I feel more vibrant and probably better than I thought in years.
These are just a few of the wonders that intermittent fasting has done for me. I’ll share more in this post.
First of all, I am not a doctor. I am simply sharing my experience.
Make sure that you consult with a healthcare professional and do thorough research before deciding to do intermittent fasting.
One more thing.
Men typically will do better, and women need to be careful due to cycles and hormones. The book Boundless by Ben Greenfield says that if you’re female, don’t go into the exact extremes that men can have the same effect from ketosis. And it specifically talks about why it’s a little bit more challenging for women and why it may harm what you’re trying to accomplish.
I understand the nature of what intermittent fasting promises, but to feel it and to be able to live the experience has been such a fantastic experience.
What I’m Doing
I’m doing an 18:6 Intermittent Fasting.
So I wake up in the morning, I do what I need to do, then do a little bit of aerobic exercise, or some cardio, or take the dogs for a walk, or do some yoga, or whatever it looks like I just kind of slowly get into my day. And then I have a relatively large breakfast, and I make sure I get at least 1000 calories.
One of the biggest concerns about this plan is my caloric intake would drop well below 2000 calories a day. I also don’t want to get 500 calories a meal and then lose 25 pounds. I want to keep some muscle mass, keep my physique and lose some of the undesired weight. Moreover, it’s more so I want to feel better.
For me, Intermittent Fasting makes a lot of sense because it does help to manage your blood sugar levels, and you’re having a lot of digestive problems. It helps give your gut a rest. It’s also great for autophagy.
Autophagy is like food in the refrigerator that’s gone wrong and scraping all that food out. So when you don’t eat for specific periods, you do intermittent time-restricted eating, and so the body goes in and cleans out some of those nasty cells. It’s like nature’s reset button.
You could try it out for a couple of days, and you may feel great.
I do 10 AM and 4 PM eating schedules. I do that Monday through Friday.
And then at dinner, Friday night, I eat a huge meal, because I then go 24 hours all day Saturday without a meal.
Sunday, I get back to the regular 10 AM and 4 PM schedule.
Sunday after two months, what I’ll be doing is still two meals a day, still taking advantage of ketosis and intermittent fasting and letting my body take advantage of autophagy, but having higher carbs. So I’m going to eat over 100 grams of carbs on Sunday and then Monday right back into the regular schedule.
So I’m in ketosis throughout the week, and I eat a high-fat-high protein meal at dinner, which usually carries me.
Now, I have found that between hours 18 and 24, I’m almost in a euphoric state. I have these beautiful ideas, I have a lot of clarity, and I have this energy. It’s like a high to a large degree, and I haven’t been enjoying and loving the fact that I’m giving my body a rest.
Saturday is usually my day of rest. And adding a 24 hour fast to that has taken it to the next level. So I feel fantastic.
Ben from Keto camp said that eventually, after two months, have at least one refeeding day. He said that’s going to be like your cheat day. You can have over 100 grams of carbs on that day.
Dave Asprey talked about people that are on intermittent fasting and ketosis for too long will experience sleep issues. And there’s a fundamental scientific reason for Gliadin, where you start having sleep issues if you remain too long not feeding that part of the cell with carbs.
So you may feel better on low carbs. But at some point, you are going to need to have a day of higher carb. Ben calls it Keto flex.
Over To You
Now, I can tell you that it has been a tremendous experience, I feel 10-15 years younger, and it has been unbelievable.
However, I would recommend that you try it. Work with somebody in functional medicine or a practitioner that you trust who’s more inclined to consider alternative medicine or alternative ways of achieving health and wellness to make sure this is right for you.
If you have other conditions that may not be conducive to you taking advantage of this or start feeling poorly doing it, you could get off.
But I want to give you my blueprint because it’s helped me so much.
I would love to hear how it helps you. Please drop me a comment below.