Until recently most of us associated the word "fast" with the religious practice of abstaining from food for a period of time. That word has always given me visuals of people donning long, black church robes while starving themselves and chanting prayers from a pew. Extreme visuals, I know. When I was a little girl I would ask my grandfather (he's a minister) what we were going to have for dinner and his answer was always "oh, we're fasting tonight, honey." Of course he was joking, but it would send me into a panic...a night without food? Who would do that to themselves? Over the last year, however, fasting has gained a lot of popularity in the fitness world. Studies have shown there are countless health benefits that come from fasting. Doctors are even prescribing fasting treatments to patients with chronic diseases. Fasting is still a controversial practice in the medical world, but there are a lot of success stories of fasting treating the following:
A man named Ori Hofmekler published a book in 2002 called The Warrior Diet. He sort of introduced the idea of intermittent fasting to the fitness community. As you can see in the picture to the left, he is pretty jacked for an older guy. The plan is based on how our ancestors ate. Back in the day people had to work for their food! They would hunt during the day (generally on an empty stomach) and have one large meal in the evening. The warrior diet in a nutshell-- Eat only 1 meal in the evening. You can eat whatever you want, but you are encouraged to eat like a true warrior by consuming mostly proteins and fruits/vegetables. Your fasting period lasts around 20 hours so your feeding window would generally be something like 6 PM-10 PM. This program promises to help you shed fat, build lean muscle and increase daily energy. Personally, I like the warrior diet. Whenever I follow this style of eating I lean down quickly and feel very energetic. Just get ready for people to be confused and concerned when they find out you're skipping breakfast and lunch! It's better than suffering through diet meals and protein shakes in my opinion.