Another day at the gym with a cheesecake in the oven back at home.
You might’ve already seen over on my facebook page, that I recently made a caramel cheesecake in the name of fitness.
Sure it has a million calories in it, but will that stop me from enjoy a slice of it?
In fact, I’m gonna force my friends and family to eat it with me.
Don’t get me wrong…
I don’t have some crazy metabolism that allows me to eat whatever I want – but I know ill be in the gym next week for 4 days and back on track. In fact, I’ve even mentioned a few times about the positive effects of throwing your body into a calorie surplus every now and then (read: every weekend).
It can actually help you to burn MORE fat.
But I digress…
When I say ‘all the time’, I don’t mean 3 slices of cheesecake a day, everyday until the end of time.
Here’s a common scenario
• A friend calls you up and asks you to ‘come out for beer and pizza and ice cream and so on’ Friday night.
• You’re strict as hell when it comes to your diet and training.
• You go for days at a time without popping so much as a slice of ‘oxygen’ into your mouth to avoid unwanted fat gain.
Impossible you think. My six-pack is quivering at the very thought of all those carbs.
What if there was a way?
Well there is, and it’s called Intermittent Fasting
I’ve talked about this before… Yes I have.
Why am i mentioning fasting again? because the cheesecake reminded me of it that’s why.
I can attribute a HUGE chunk of my success in obtaining existential leanness, to the almighty gods of intermittent fasting.
The beauty of Intermittent Fasting is that on a normal training day, you CAN eat various unhealthy foods when you want to.
My eating regimen loosely goes like this…
Morning – Eat nothing. I train at 6am, consume small doses of BCAA’s before and after training
Lunchtime – More often than not, it’ll be french toast with maple syrup, a banana-laden monster protein shake and several small, furry animals if they happen to be nearby.
Mid afternoon – a slice of cheesecake perhaps? Another shake? Anything with a hit of protein.
Dinner time – another biggish meal to round out the day – maybe stir fry, pasta, bbq chook, a heap of vegetables – whatever’s around.
How does this work with the ‘friend calls me out for pizza’ scenario?
Fast in the morning, cut back on the mid-afternoon snack I outlined above, and you should be good to go out and tie one on.
Basically limit your food/drink/calorie intake early in the day as you’ll be making up for it later on no doubt!
Intermittent fasting works without having to be overly strict
I’m all for sticking to a healthy eating plan, but I find it much easier to follow long-term if the plan can be altered here and there and even forgotten altogether if something crops up which will see you eating a whole pizza at 3am (not recommended).
Still not convinced that you can eat whatever you want without gaining fat?
Greg Plitt (the man who’s body they used for Dr Manhattan in the movie ‘Watchmen’) might not intermittently fast ‘on purpose’, but he does only eat one meal a day (and it’s a BIG one). You can see how he handles a big fasting window, whilst still being able to eat what he wants over here.
Also, checkout an earlier post on how I fast/train on a regular basis.
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