I’ve written about intermittent fasting and some of the advantages to this approach to diet.
This post is a little more personal: I’d like to share my own results. I’ve been following Jason Ferruggia’s Renegade Diet for a few months now and I’m very pleased. Here are a few things I’ve noticed:
Fasting/undereating during the day seems to really help with my energy levels. Eating most of my carbs at night is working well for me because I feel more relaxed or sleepy at the right time.
Other diets made me feel like I was constantly battling my appetite. Ironically, skipping breakfast and fasting for part of the day has resolved about 90% of this. And the longer I do this, the less I’m struggling with hunger issues.
I’ll repeat something I’ve said before here: this kind of eating was a harder for me to adjust to when I started, but it’s gotten much easier over time. This is the opposite of any other diet I’ve tried, which is a very good thing.
I also enjoy being able to eat full, satisfying meals at night. This was always a problem for me when I tried other diet approaches–I never really felt full. But with the Renegade Diet I can end every day with a big meal.
I also get some extra motivation from knowing I spend most of the day in “fat burning mode.” I know fat loss ultimately comes down to a negative calorie balance, but intermittent fasting is designed to take advantage of some specific hormonal responses to the fasted state.
The end result is a bigger, leaner version of me. Right now I weigh about 195 lb., and this is the leanest I’ve ever been at this weight. Maybe one of these days I’ll try to post some pictures.
Everyone is different, so I can’t guarantee this is the best approach for you. But I’d highly encourage you to look into the Renegade Diet if you want a long-term approach to getting and staying lean.