I’ve written before how I’ve fought with my weight most of my adult life and in this war I’ve tried pretty much everything under sun, and I’m always looking for something new to try, usually because my normal routines for weight management either stop working for unseen reasons (read: plateauing) or because outside forces in the form of lifestyle changes, schedule changes, ect, start to make things exceedingly difficult.
Now I’m gonna start by saying, I dont have a naturally good body. I’m not one to say that genetics make you fat, you make you fat, but genetics can definitely make fighting the good fight a hell of a lot harder. I’m built big, at 6’3″ and perpetually over 200lbs (even at my thinnest I was 205 and about 11% bodyfat) I’m just a big guy, and for those cut form the same cloth as myself, weight management can be a struggle, with weight loss being an even bigger challenge.
As I said, I’ve tried many different methods to manage my weight, from calorie counting, to low carb, to multiple small meals, to eat-stop-eat style fasting, but the one thing I had never given a fair chance was the LeanGains style of Intermittent Fasting (IF). Now some of you who are familiar with my old website might remember I did try it before, with lack luster results, but I was doing it wrong, and had to due to my schedule and lifestyle at the time. I was an early riser, getting to work at 5:30 am, and as a chef I have to eat for my job, I cant avoid that, so I tried to turn LG style IF on its ear, and it did not work.
Now my schedule is more night-centric with my work day starting around 11am on most days, meaning that for once I could give it a fair go. And I have, and its been short of amazing. Now unfortunately I didn’t take a “before” picture but I’ll refer you to the video I did for NLU as a good starting point, thats about what I looked like when I started and I was getting on the uncomfortably heavy side at that point. I’ve only been doing IF for about 5 weeks so I’ll refrain from posting an “after” picture until I’ve given it a good few months, at which point I’ll write a follow-up to this post.
What I’ve been amazed at with IF so far, is that I’m not really trying that hard. This is driven mostly due to simply not caring as much as I did. As I’ve matured, my personality has developed and my fucks given have approached zero, being in the most visually appealing physical shape has taken a bit of a backseat to simply being happy. I dont mind carrying around a few extra pounds if it means that my social and personal lives aren’t ruled by my dietary requirements. And for me this positive energy has made me more charasmatic and more magnetic then all the swole arms and hard bodiedness every did. This, for me, is a personal choice, and not really the point of this article. The point I’m going for is that, I’m calling this casual intermittent fasting because I’m not going all in with it.
What does casual entail? Well I only follow procedure Sunday-Thursday, Friday and Saturday are social nights where eating, drinking and being merry occur well after the end of my feeding window (9pm) and as I said above, I’m not at a point where I want to sacrifice that. Besides not following procedure two days a week, I’m also not really going out of my way to maximize the weight loss potential of my meals. I eat nachos, sandwiches, and sweets, not all the time, years of low carb eating have made that a taboo regardless of my mindset, but a few times a week I go in for these items, and I’m still seeing positive results.
The only thing I’m really doing is following the eating schedule. My feeding window starts at 3pm and ends at 9pm, I stick to this rigorously throughout the week, consuming no calories during the fasting period, aside from the minuscule half’n'half in the occasional cup of coffee. That’s really it. As I said I’m far from an ideal candidate for any kind of diet. My body loves to put on weight, good or bad, if anyone shouldn’t be seeing good results its me, yet despite that and despite putting lack luster effort into this I’m still seeing good results.
For anyone looking to drop some weight before the Winter Bulk Up I HIGHLY recommend giving the LG style of IF a shot.