Intermittent Fasting vs Eating More Frequently
Jul 22, 2020
If you had asked me this a year or two ago, I would have said intermittent fasting--hands down. I spent around three years practicing fasting on a daily. In the past 4 months, I've been practicing the opposite--doing around 4-5 small meals a day.
2017—Lean, 152 lbs, Carnivore OMAD vs 2020 Lean, 163 lbs, Carnivore 3-5 meals a day.
Before we get into this, let me just say that the answer always depends on your goal. That’s why there’s no one size fits all solution. Also, no health expert or anyone offering advice has the exact same life circumstances, health conditions, training goals, and lifestyle as you. So always take advice with a grain of Redmond’s real salt.
Here are some practical takeaways!
Intermittent fasting is fantastic for getting lean...IF you can stick to eating the right foods during your eating window! Often times, I would be busy and by the time I was ready to eat--I was so hungry that I would load up on bacon, or cheese, or grab a protein bar at the store--or something just to hold me off while I had to cook. So many times, I would end up over-consuming energy dense foods to compensate for the hunger.
If you're fasting, be responsible with the stimulants! Many people use green tea and coffee to strategically blunt their appetite throughout their fast. This certainly works, but make no mistake about it--you are stressing your body. At some point, your appetite really begins to pick up and you may experience decreased sleep quality, anxiety, or energy crashes.
I reached my leanest shape and was able to sustain it for months by doing one massive meal a day of ground beef and eggs and salt--with no added fat. I allowed myself to eat as much as I wanted. I built a muscular and extremely lean physique and was able to maintain it by simply following this routine. Fast all day, have 2-3 cups coffee, train fasted (weights or cardio), then have my huge meal at 7 or 8pm. The downsides? Slightly puffy face from all the stress, getting ravenously hungry before my meal, low energy, decreased libido and sex hormones.
I found by simply embracing a high protein to energy ratio in my meals (more protein, not too much fat, minimal carbs)--I was able to eat more of the right foods. I didn't experience any dips in energy, I had better workouts, and it was a healthier/more sustainable way of life for me. Especially given variables like travel or restaurants. Instead of fasting all day and getting tired and irritable
I would simply opt for whatever the high protein low carb option was (burger patties, hard boiled eggs, a chicken salad, etc).
My personal takeaway at this point in time is that if I’m consuming carbs on a daily basis, I will incorporate some fasting —probably 2 meals a day, 16-8 style. If I’m going full Carnivore with no carbs, I will incorporate 3-5 meals a day to ensure I’m consuming enough calories. I’m already in ketosis and training, so fasting while Carnivore would simply be doing more than is necessary.
That’s just my takeaway!
I would love to hear your thoughts on this! We're all on our own journeys and these are some of the conclusions from mine!