I’ve transitioned from bulking to cutting. I’ve packed on as much muscle as I could in these past few months, and now it’s time to lose the fat to see what I’m working with. The most effective tool for losing fat is Intermittent Fasting. The best sub-plan of Intermittent Fasting is One Meal a Day. For the past 4 days I have restricted all of my eating into a single one hour window. I’ve also been counting calories to keep me at 1500 calories a day.
My plan is to continue this fasting while also lifting and running to maintain strength and stamina. I try to keep plenty of energy for my exercising by breaking my fast in the equivalent of early afternoon and exercising shortly afterwards. I am completely nocturnal so the real time is in the middle of the night. I do this so that I can go running before the sun comes up as that is the only time the temperature is comfortable.
So far the transition has been going acceptably. It is incredibly easy to force yourself to eat only one meal a day. Fasting is so much easier than trying to space out tiny unsatisfying meals throughout the day. You also get the added benefit of keeping your insulin low throughout the day which triggers more fat loss and other benefits that come with fasting. I tried One Meal A Day fasting last year as a way to be able to eat whatever I want without gaining weight. Even without counting calories, I was able to lose weight slowly. I’m hoping with restricting calories and maintaining my rigorous fitness program, I will be able to shed pounds even faster.
My goal of 1500 calories is not as aggressive as I could go, but I think it is a fair compromise. After eating a meal of 1500 calories I am no longer hungry and don’t feel the desire to keep eating. I also feel hungry pretty much all of the time outside of my eating window. But hunger is easy enough to ignore. Our bodies were designed to handle a fast lasting days to weeks. 24 hours is not too extreme.
I have noticed some side affects as I adjust to my new eating schedule. I definitely feel more antsy to get work done. This makes sense from an evolutionary point of view. If you did not have food to eat you would need to work hard to get food. I redirect this energy into cleaning and other projects I can work on, including writing words here! I wouldn’t describe it as a bad feeling, it’s more a desire to be productive.
I had a migraine which might be attributed to my new fasting. I only just recently realized that I had practically no headaches at all while I was in my bulking phase. If I continue to get more migraines I may need to rethink this strategy but for now it doesn’t seem that bad and I should get used to eating only once a day.
Because this is so easy, and I am likely already losing fat, I strongly recommend anyone to try the One Meal A Day intermittent fasting plan. Even without counting calories it is effective. Once your body gets used to the new schedule you won’t feel as tired and grumpy before you eat your single meal. It’s also a great way to free up more time and save money since you won’t be able to eat as much.
Although I am lucky that I do not have a job or a fixed schedule and during my quarantine time I can do whatever I want. I can see how One Meal a Day could be difficult for people with unpredictable schedules. Before you start fasting I recommend quitting your job, eliminating every obligation you might have, and live of your incredibly large pool off investments and passive income. Easy, right?