I love to experiment so when a fellow co-worker and friend of mine challenged me to read a book called “The Primal Blueprint” I was interested to put everything I had read into practise. The results have been better than I had expected so now I look to experiment yet again and with a new protocol that I will be following in addition to continuing to follow my Paleo/Primal dietary lifestyle. Enter IF or Intermittent fasting. While intermittent fasting, I will be following a daily feeding cycle of ‘under-eating’ during the day and ‘overeating’ at night. The ‘Under-eating Phase’ during the day will maximize the Sympathetic Nervous System’s fight or flight reaction to stress, thereby promoting alertness, generation of energy, fat burning and the capacity to endure stress.
By consuming most of my calories at night the ”Overeating Phase” at night will maximize the Parasympathetic Nervous System’s recuperation and rejuvinating effect on the body, promoting calming down, relaxation, digestion and the utilization of nutrients for repair and growth. This feeding cycle stimulates the production of powerful cellular factors which stimulate hormone synthesis and fat burning during the day, as well as protein synthesis and growth during the night.
Studies have shown that when one overeats after a controlled fast, nutrients are assimilated at a much greater rate, there is an acceleration of the anabolic process of repairing tissues and building muscles, depleted glycogen reserves and intramuscular triglycerides are replenished, there’s an increased secretion of dophamine, thyroid hormones, and an elevation of sex hormones.
What is the under-eating phase and how long should it last. I will be experimenting with two under-eating phases each lasting 2 weeks in length. During the under-eating phase I will minimize eating during the day to mostly raw fruits and veggies. Coffee, herbal tea, soups and light protein such as poached eggs or yoghurt. The under-eating phase Will last 18 hours with the overeating phase lasting 6. For my third and fourth weeks I will under-eat for 20 hours and overeat for 4.
What is overeating? During the overeating phase which will last from 4-6 hours I will be eating as much as I want from all food groups. Starting with veggies, protein and fat. If still hungry, finish your meal with carbohydrates such as fruits.
Having now been following the Paleo/Primal lifestyle now for about 6 weeks I have to say that I am very happy with the results in energy and weight loss and don’t ever see myself going back to my previous eating lifestyle, mainly due to the increase in energy and cognitive function I have been experiencing.
A few supplements I will be using while I experiment with IF or intermittent fasting are Aztec Nopal and Glucomannan. Both of which will aid in the stabilization of blood sugar levels and sustained energy levels while I transition into the fast. Both supplements will also aid in helping me maintain a feeling of being full or rather not hungry for the first few days. I will also be doing all my training at the gym in a fasted state and utilizing BCAA’s before my training to help me maintain my muscle mass. I am a huge fan of PVL’s Total Re-load product and think it is by far one of the best, if not the best, BCAA product on the market.
Well I leave you with a neat little tidbit to process.
Recent studies by Dr. Mark Mattson, Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University, and colleagues at the National Institute on Aging (2003) have shown that mice who followed intermittent fasting (one day fasting followed by overeating twice the amount of daily calories the next day) were surprisingly provided with substantial benefits including increased life span, reversal of diabetes, and increased resilience to age related brain damage. Researchers speculated that the cycle of fasting-overeating affects the brain similar to the way physical exercise affects muscles.