I stopped sacrificing
This was my three-month-long relationship with everything I want to eat that I know I shouldn’t: resist for a while – give in – resist for a while – give in – resist for a while – give in.
Somewhere stuck in the cycle of trying to resist and giving in I forgot that results require sacrifice. “Not indulging” makes me feel deprived, and I can only last for so long. But making a sacrifice to achieve a goal is empowering, and I can do that all day.
I had an end date
I started a year ago with a “New Year’s Resolution” mindset and intentions to give it my all for a finite amount of time, reach a goal, then ride out the success with the least effort required to maintain my results.
I didn’t start out with “major life-change” in mind because I had no idea how deep the problem was when I started!
But even though I learned a ton along the way I never revised my goals or changed my mindset, and having an “end date” left me wandering after it past. It’s time to set some new goals, and not just the “number on the scale” kind.
I had a start date (it was every Monday for three months)
It’s a lost cause today. I’ll start again tomorrow
That is a lie I have believed for too long.
I’ve realized there is no such thing as a start date.
The very next decision I make counts.
It is the most important decision I will make today. Every time. Especially this time.
Could Starving yourself... actually work?
Fasting, meaning not eating... for 24 hours, twice a week?! Sounds like a terrible way to lose pounds doesn't it?
What about paleo, proportional control, moderation, gluten-free pizza, and magical weight loss shakes?
I preach a paleo lifestyle with an emphasis on fermented foods as part of our nutrition philosophy here at Will Power Fitness. The Paleolithic diet works the majority of the time... Until it doesn't. I currently have 2 clients that aren't getting the results they should be getting. Unless they are closet eating and not telling me I've got some work to do. (If you are.. you better come clean!) That tells me that I need to be a better trainer, bottom line.
Just the other day on the flip-side we had a client develop a 6 pack in the first month (that shouldn't be possible - FYI).
So... You're going to make us starve now? (Benefits of Fasting)
I read an article today... that blew my mind! It was all about intermittent fasting. On top of the great information and huge claims it made there was real evidence to back it up. In a nutshell the article sums it up by saying:
Intermittent Fasting - Used by Humans throughout History
The Facts behind Fasting
Looks like I'll have to make a change in my suggested nutrition guidelines. First, I'm going to try fasting myself. I haven't really delved into fasting before because of how amazing paleo has been for me and the majority of my clients.
The facts behind fasting are too awesome to possibly ignore.
In a Study done to compare a portion control weight loss strategy vs a fasting weight loss strategy the results were astonishing. If you'd like to nerd out with facts & figures then just refer to the link below, but I'll give you the short and sweet version.
The portion controllers subtracted 400 calories per day while the fasting group ate nothing every other day. The fasting group would eat normally on the days they weren't fasting. This study lasted for 24 weeks, and in conclusion the fasting group only lost a little more weight.
The fasting group didn't blow the portion control divas out of the water like you were probably hoping to hear, but wait till you hear the details.
Wrapping this History Lesson on Fasting up!
Damn! Sounds like I'm not going to eat tomorrow... at all.
So, how often should I fast? I honestly, don't know the answer to that question. The article I read hinted at the author having fasted twice a week for the last 10 years. I'm going to definitely take some measurements of myself, and give this a good shot for 60 days. I'm looking for 2-3 people who'd like to do the same. Let's put this theory to the test!
Who's in? If you're already a member of Will Power Personal Training just give me a holler... but if you're not then get your fitness assessment scheduled today.