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Below you will find my earliest experiences with the now-popular intermittent fasting, as well as 3 of my favorite articles that summarize the key points you need to know if you’re interested in this style of eating. Experiments with Intermittent Fasting - Precision Nutrition Dr. Ben House passionately rips into Intermittent Fasting with serious science (and vitriol). Intermittent Fasting for Women - Precision Nutrition Could You Imagine IF..?   My very first experience with intermittent fasting came back in 2008. Back then, it was still just called “fasting." As a young bodybuilder, I was discovering the limits of my digestive system as it struggled to trudge through over 4,000 calories a day of eggs, pasta, meat, and sweet potatoes. Despite the overfeeding, my energy wasn’t great. I was always conscious of how full I was - even going into the next meal. And every bite of food tasted terrible. It was just too much. I felt like if I could just get ONE day of reprieve from eating, I thought my digestion could catch up and I’d make better use of my food. I’d get better pumps in the gym, muscles would grow, and all would be right in the world. But I was TERRIFIED. As a bodybuilder, I went to the church of gains every Sunday and squatted away my sins for fear of ever losing my hard-earned muscles. Intellectually, it all made perfect sense. Just let the body handle the food it has for a moment and then jump back on track. Even if you’re eating less, why would this be any worse or different than a dieting phase where you’re chronically calorie-deprived? Too bad the meathead holy gospel preaches a stubborn adherence to beliefs like “more is better”. So, I asked a few of my jacked gym-bro mentors at the time what they thought, all of whom were very hard-working....

In May 2016, at age 41, I was at my highest weight ever, morbidly obese. I felt helpless. So I went to an information session held by a bariatric surgery clinic. They described the process leading up to the procedure, the surgery itself, and the expected results (and dangers). To be honest, I left feeling pretty terrified and defeated. I knew it wasn't for me, but I just felt forced to consider it. I knew I needed something radical, but what other option could there be? I honestly didn't know what else I could do....