To adopt a philosophy of experimentation in your life can bring you huge benefits. Of course, before you start experimenting with things, you have to correctly inform yourself in detail about the thing you want to experiment with.
I’m open minded. I’m like that since I can remember. I always had a curiosity towards the “new” and the idea to get something better. I want to do something better next year compared to what I am doing right now. I believe that all of us must seek to better ourselves in time. This applies to me when it comes to dieting and training.
I admit, I made many mistakes in my life. Mistakes through experimentation through years of dieting and training for fat loss and muscle gaining. I said this in my Youtube clip but these mistakes helped me to evolve. The principle is simple: discover, analyze, try, learn from the experience, try it again.
Our personality is formed from all the experience we gather through our life. From our childhood and until this very day. Until this moment when you are reading my blog. And it will continue to evolve, to adapt, to improve, depending on what you are doing with your future. I wish you only positive experiences.
My scope with this blog is to help you make positive changes in your life and help you apply techniques that will help you improve your body, state of mind, and motivation. This is why I am introducing you to Flexible Intermittent Fasting.
I discovered Intermittent fasting in 2011. Because I’m a guy that’s interested in dieting and training strategies that can simplify my progress, the most suggestive benefit of intermittent fasting is improvement in body composition (maintaining muscle mass with dieting or improving muscle mass gaining with bulking).
Simplified, intermittent fasting is simply abstaining from food for a specific period of time. Your body will enter a so-called state of fat burning that allows it to burn fat for fuel. It will burn fat because he won’t have fuel ready to use other than that. People practicing intermittent fasting are saying that it can transform you into a “fat burning beast”.
Intermittent Fasting: What It Is And How I Apply It
Intermittent fasting is: eating your normal quantity of food in a specific period of time. For example, instead of eating all your meals as you normally do, you will consume them into a specific period of time. After that time is over, you will stop eating until the next period of caloric consumption.
For example, on Monday I will be eating my first meal between 12:00PM and 14:00PM. I will be taking my last meal between 20:00PM and 22:00PM. That’s flexible intermittent fasting for you.
Flexible Intermittent Fasting Benefits
- A diet that’s easy to keep and control
- It offers extreme flexibility
- It improves work capacity and mental clarity
- It helps you keep muscle mass easier when you are on a diet
- It’s very efficient against stubborn fat
- It offers you improved nutrient partitioning towards muscle
- You can create your own big meals
- It improves immunity
- It improves brain health
- It improves the process of autophagy which means your body cells are regenerating and eliminating toxins better
I am not going to enter into details here because I want to limit this to the 4 year experience I had with flexible intermittent fasting.
How I Feel After 4 Years Of Flexible Intermittent Fasting
- I simplified my diet for fat loss and maintained my muscle mass easier
Comparing my 4 years of intermittent fasting with the period before trying it, I can tell you that using a flexible intermittent fasting approach offers me extreme flexibility. What does this mean?
Let me give you an example:
Let’s presume that my goal now is to lose weight. We are constantly “taught” that in order to lose weight, you have to keep regular meals, avoid consuming food after a certain hour, and many other rules transmitted by “nutrition authorities”. Most of these rules are creating a rigid meal pattern in your life.
I keep contradicting all these “rules” I am a living example that you don’t have to do rigid diets, complicated training routines or get obsessed over this stuff. It’s mostly backwards than you’d been taught. Let me tell you a short story on how I got to my best body in a one month period when I was travelling and in vacation to the sea. I was consuming alcohol, I was going to gym 1-3 times/week for like 40-50 minutes for a session. I was eating on the way. I wasn’t counting anything. And when I got home, I looked like this:
Everything happened in 2013. I was 1 month at sea because I wanted a short vacation from everyday life. I was already using flexible intermittent fasting for the last 2 years with good results. Even if my daily schedule was chaotic, and I wasn’t keeping a certain diet for fat loss, It was easy for me to maintain my muscle mass as I was losing weight. Even when I traveled. How?
Because I wasn’t eating breakfast, I was going to the sea in the morning, taking a walk, and burning some fat. Inside the eating window, I was consuming my meals based on protein sources like meats, fish, cheese, and I was including 1-3 short training sessions every week. At around 20:00 PM, I was leaving eating behind.
Most of the time, the reactions of my friends when we were eating, were interesting. When my friends were snacking through the day, I was keeping my meals concentrated within the eating window. For example, instead of eating a normal meal with a serving of meat and boiled potatoes, I was serving 3 normal meals. The portions were huge. I could still eat them and lose weight. Everybody was looking weird at how I could eat so much but still maintain a six pack. How?
All these small bites you are taking through the day add up. Little by little, the calories you are consuming every day are piling up. I wasn’t snacking anything through the day, but I was concentrating on eating my food inside the eating window. The result?
A body that maintained almost all its muscle mass, lost most of the fat, and improved daily. I constantly heard statements like:
“Florin, you are crazy. How can you eat so much and still look like that?”. Interesting reactions.
2. My general health improved
Pain, disease, cold? Nothing.
As I was saying in the FREE guide, I don’t even remember the last time I got sick. My immune system improved. My body responds favorably to intermittent fasting. My energy is constant and enhanced through the day. Mental clarity got up. Strength is increasing from training to training, and excess fat is getting down.
Also, the results of my last blood work have been good. All are normal values. The way I feel every day, improved. I can’t guarantee it will be the same for you, but I recommend you to try it. I am speaking from my own experience.
3. Ready for any type of travelling
Before, I was taking food with me, and preparing meals before any travelling. I wanted to take care of what I was getting into my mouth. You know, those regular meals I was talking about. It was pretty hard to plan these things.
I remember I had a 8 hour road trip to the sea, and I wanted to avoid eating crap so I choose to abstain from eating food. I fasted around 20 hours in that day, and when I got to the destination, I had a 4 hour eating window. Plenty of time to eat the calories I planned for that day.
4. Easy fat loss
Because I eliminated random meals, and I planned to eat them inside a specific eating window, It is much easier for me to NOT exaggerate with eating. When I eat 2-4 meals in a day inside the eating window, I am much more satisfied because I can consume larger portions of food. The results?
- I am not exaggerating with food
- I don’t snack through the day anymore
- I don’t feel hungry
Flexible Intermittent Fasting Is Not A Magic Fat Loss Pill
The first time I discovered intermittent fasting, I thought I just found a secret “weapon” against fat loss. A secret diet to lose weight. I thought that intermittent fasting would help me look like the guys you see on muscle and fitness magazines. What can I say, I didn’t know how to manage my expectations. I applied Intermittent fasting and I was waiting for a miracle. Sadly, it didn’t work as I was expecting.
You might ask yourself why I am recommending intermittent fasting?
I am recommending it because it helped me a lot when I combined it with training and dieting.
It’s not a magic diet. I got good results before even using it but when I started using it, it made my life easier. I take it as a tool I can use anytime I want to. I create my own toolbox. You can now use it too. It doesn’t have to be daily.
Use Intermittent Fasting like a tool that helps you lose weight easier.
The truth is that you can’t have an unhealthy life with chaotic eating, consuming bad foods and staying away from sports. Intermittent fasting is just another tool that works well with a diet and training program.
You can reach your fat loss or muscle gaining goals even if you don’t use intermittent fasting but if you have this tool on your hands, why not using it?
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