Not eating for a day will work!

INTERMITTENT fasting will change the way your brain sees your body

what is Intermittent fasting

It's a way of scheduling your meals so that you get the most out of them. Intermittent fasting doesn’t change what you eat, it changes when you eat.

Intermittent fasting (IF) is not a diet, it's a pattern of eating and there are several different types of fasting patterns. IF doesn’t change what you eat, it changes when you eat. By split the day or week into eating periods and fasting periods it's a way of scheduling your meals so that you get the most out of them. My pattern is a week long cycle with a day of fasting between breakfast and dinner. I prefer to eat a high protein and fat based meal before and after my fast as this seems to give me the best results. 

Why fast?

IF is a pattern that date back neolithic ancestors where food was not always readily available so being able to sustain strength and health on lower average food intake. simply put our ancestors couldn't pop down to starbucks for a frappuccino and muffin at lunch time so their bodies adapted to work better with fewer meals There is growing evidence that IF has some amazing health benefits among the top are improved immune system, increased growth new healthy neurons to protect the brain, reduction of insulin resistance (type 2 Diabetes) by lowering blood sugar levels and allows you digestive system time to rest and recover. 

For me the one most important function of IF is that it helps my body become more fat adapted. This in itself is beneficial but  for my endurance running being able to go long periods without eating but sustaining energy is very important. By training my body to utilize eveny calorie it becomes a reliable and effective machine. 

I've also added a sample of my weekly schedule to help you understand how I plan my week and how my training fits in.  

 

 

 

My weekly schedule 

Saturday - 3 Meals (Long training session)

Sunday - 3 Meals (Long training session)

Monday - 3 Meals (Rest day)

Tuesday - Fasting day = Meal 1 no later than 7am. Meal 2 after 8pm (Light training session)

Wednesday - 3 Meals ( Training session)

Thursday - 3 Meals (Training session

Friday - 3 Meals (Rest day)

What are your thoughts on Intermittent Fasting

I'd love to hear from you. If you're planning to climb please feel free to leave a question in the comments. If you've climbed Mt.Kinabalu in the past please let me know about your experience on the mountain.