I’m often asked if I am a fan of Intermittent Fasting or IF.
Well….while I think it could help some people, the vast majority of people would find it difficult to follow consistently. There are too many variables that may be out of your control, such as work schedules, family commitments, and other activities, that could affect your adherence to the plan. Simply put, if you aren’t consistent, you’ll fail. And fail quickly. This holds true for any nutrition plan. If it isn’t sustainable and if you don’t like it, you won’t adhere to it, and you’ll never reach your goals.
However, I think it is possible that you could succeed with intermittent fasting but only
1 – IF your schedule allows you to eat this
2 – IF you can move your workouts around to eat like this
3 – IF you are in a job that won’t suffer if you are light-headed, sort of fuzzy, and have difficulty concentrating
4 – IF you are able to fall asleep when very hungry or very full from eating
5 – IF you can mentally handle not eating for 16 or more hours in a row, up to 24 hours; and doing this on a regular basis
6 – IF you can still stay on your training schedule and have enough energy and mental willpower to have a good workout when eating like this
Basically, if you think you can sustain this, then try it, but be prepared with a back up plan. Personalized meal planning can help you reach your goals without requiring as much structure.