Intermittent Fasting Doesn’t Work?!!!!

by on May 4, 2011

As I seem to talk about or at least mention in most of my posts, I am a huge fan of intermittent fasting. It has been the best way that I know of to control my calories and reduce my weight. I learned about it from Rusty over at Fitness Black Book around January of 2010 or a little before that. Through Rusty, I learned of a program called Eat Stop Eat.

Since I first learned of intermittent fasting and for the last year and a half, I have been very interested in learning as much as I can about fasting for weight loss. I have read numerous articles, studies, as well as comments and testimonials on intermittent fasting. I have yet to find anything better than Brad Pilon’s Eat Stop Eat program.

Intermittent Fasting Case Study

A few posts ago, I mentioned a case study that I made about my experience with intermittent fasting. I made it available to anyone that wants it and also told everyone to let me know of any questions that they have. The response has been pretty overwhelming to say the least!

If you haven’t read it yet, you can get it here:

Intermittent Fasting Case Study

I am so excited to see that so many people are learning about intermittent fasting and deciding to give it a try. Once people go through and discover the effectiveness of fasting, they have an effective tool in their weight loss arsenal. In fact, they will never have to worry about how to lose weight or what diet to go on ever again.

Of all of the questions and comments that I have been getting, I had a few that totally surprised me. I have had a few people email to tell me that intermittent fasting does not work! This kind of blindsided me because in my experience, it not only works, it works really well.

I set out to see what was happening with these people and discovered what they were doing differently. I found what it was and I want to make sure that you don’t do this.

What were they doing? It is simple, they were overeating in between fasts.

If you overeat on the days that you are not fasting or if you pig out the first meal after a fast, you will ruin any chance of losing weight and burning fat.

As effective as intermittent fasting is, it isn’t magic.

Just because you fast for 16-24 hours doesn’t give you a free pass to eat like a maniac in between. There are other benefits to fasting and if you eat the same amount of calories each week, but fast, you will get benefits. I’m not talking about this though. For the purpose of this post, I am strictly talking weight loss.

For weight loss, as it always has been and always will be, it is calories in versus calories out. If you want to lose weight, you need to reduce your caloric intake on a consistent basis.

Intermittent fasting does this.

The thing that you need to remember though is that if you eat more calories than you use, (fasting or no fasting) you will gain weight.

So use intermittent fasting to reduce calories, but try and eat your normal diet in between. If you do this, you will lose weight. I actually use fasting more as a tool to maintain my weight now, rather than lose weight. I do eat like a maniac at times and use intermittent fasting to clean up the mess. When I was using it to lose weight though, I still watched my diet more in between fasts. The difference is that now, I am not trying to lose weight, I am not looking for a caloric deficit. If I ever need to lose weight again or for some reason feel the need to get “super ripped”, I will watch my diet in between fasts again.
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[On a side note: I have no desire to get "super ripped". I am a 42 year old, married, father of three holding on for dear life to the remaining hair that I have on my head!  icon smile Intermittent Fasting Doesnt Work?!!!! Gettin ripped with six pack abs and buns of steel just doesn't really fit in to my main goals right now. Give me some brats cooked over a campfire with a cold margarita and I'll be more than happy. It's just nice to know though that with intermittent fasting, I can stay lean and could get super ripped if I really wanted to.]

So the point is with intermittent fasting, you can use it to lose weight or just maintain your weight. If you want to lose, you still need to make sure that you have a caloric deficit. If you don’t, you are not going to lose weight on a consistent basis.

I wish I could tell you that you can fast a few times a week, eat 4,000 calories worth of twinkies each day and still look like Raymond from Zenmyfitness.com, but it won’t happen! As great as intermittent fasting is, it still has it’s limitations. In the real world, even fasting only goes so far.

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[On another side note: Did you check out my friend Raymond from Zenmyfitness? That dude is "super ripped"! He's older than me, which just proves that he is waaaay more dedicated than me! He is also a big fan of intermittent fasting. Go figure.]

The great thing though is that once you reach your target weight, you can have a hell of a lot more fun in between fasts and never worry about your weight. You can go out and have a great time, enjoy the holidays, and just adjust your calories in between fats according to how much you weigh.

Intermittent Fasting Encyclopedia

Good luck and let me know how things are going. If you haven’t got a copy of Eat Stop Eat, check it out here:

Eat Stop Eat

It is the best program out there that I have found on intermittent fasting. In fact it is the encyclopedia of intermittent fasting!

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20 comments on “Intermittent Fasting Doesn’t Work?!!!!

  1. Alykhan - Fitness Breakout on said:

    Kelly,

    Your case study shed some light on an important fact. Intermittent fasting isn’t a magic bullet. I can fast multiple times a week and still gain weight if I want to (I have been known to put down some food). Intermittent fasting is simply a tool that should be used in combination with other tools to reduce calories so that you achieve fat loss.

    Alykhan

  2. Mike Navin on said:

    There’s also another by-product of intermittent fasting that I found after reading Eat Stop Eat other than just losing weight: how much I had been over complicating nutrition. I think I was like a lot of people in always having to eat this or that percentage of carbs, fat, and protein, eating every three hours or your body was going to melt, and other things that we hear out there. Brad pretty much puts that all aside and shows you that it really doesn’t have to be that complicated. And I’m totally with you on using it as a great way to maintain weight. I tend to relax and let loose on the weekends so a couple of fasts during the week really helps keep me at the weight I want to be at while still being able to have “fun”:)
    Mike Navin´s last [type] ..The Breast Cancer Three Day Experience

  3. Jeremy on said:

    Great case study, Kelly. You look great. Eat Stop Eat truly is a great way to take control of your diet and your health. I wish more people were open to the idea of fasting. When most people first hear about it they think it is ‘extreme’ but I find it empowering. In fact, it is a big reason why I’m able to enjoy my current vacation. Instead of stressing out about counting my calories I can relax and enjoy the food and fun with my friends and family.
    Jeremy´s last [type] ..Our Vacation Weight Management Program and Workout Routine

  4. Sam- Look Like An Athlete on said:

    Awesome results with your case study! Total transformation with your body and you look healthy!

    Intermittent fasting really does work. Rather than sit down and count calories or measure ounces of protein or carbs you just eat in a sensible manner and in the end that is what works. There’s no science or gimmicks.

    -Sam
    Sam- Look Like An Athlete´s last [type] ..Weighted Pull Ups- Do Them And Become The Gym Strong Man

  5. Rusty - Fitness Black Book on said:

    Kelly,

    Awesome job! I linked to this from the Fitness Black Book – Facebook Page. Loved the case study PDF. You lost some weight!

    -Rusty
    Rusty – Fitness Black Book´s last [type] ..The CrossFit Explosion – The 16 Year Overnight Success Story of CrossFit

  6. TroyP on said:

    Kelly,

    Great case study. Awesome transformation.

    Also so great to hear about another dad fighting the trends. Staying in shape lets you do so much more with your kids. I’m also in my 40′s but I can still keep up (and push) my college age kids. Life is just more fun that way.

    Keep it up!
    TroyP´s last [type] ..Workout for FitnessWhat’s Your Fitness Level

  7. arren from Dmoreprimetime.com on said:
  8. Dirt on said:

    Hey Kelly,

    Just wanted to let you know that my IF lifestyle is going good, I can’t thank you enough for leading me to it. I haven’t got on the scale, but I can say that I feel a lot better since starting this. I did take a before photo and when it feels right, I will take an updated photo and share them with you.

    Thanks again and I hope to talk to you soon,

  9. Mark's Fat Burning Food and Fitness Blog on said:

    Kelly,

    Great work! ;-)

    In my opinion short term fasting is not only a very effective way to burn fat, but also it’s one of the healthiest (and most sensible and natural) things you could ever do.

    Good job, looking great! :-)

    Mark
    Mark’s Fat Burning Food and Fitness Blog´s last [type] ..Fix Your Muscles In The Rotator Cuff For Fast Shoulder Recovery

  10. admin on said:

    Alykhan,
    I think some people figure if I am going to go all day without food, I deserve to eat like a maniac afterwards. It all depends on what you are trying to accomplish. In the end, intermittent fasting is by far the best way for me to control my caloric intake as well as my weight.

    Mike,
    For me, it makes life and food so much simpler. I never worry about what I am “allowed” to eat anymore. I can eat, drink, and be merry and no that intermittent fasting is always there to bail me out!

    Jeremy,
    Thank you. I never worry about upcoming holidays or vacations anymore. I still watch what I eat to a point, but I never stress out over food or my diet anymore. I really love intermittent fasting and will use it or the rest of my life as a tool to stay lean.

    Sam,
    Thanks. Someday, I may ratchet it up a notch and get really lean, but for now I am content with how I look and feel.

    Rusty,
    Thank you so much for stopping by and linking to your Facebook page! I am very happy to of learned about intermittent fasting from you. It has really made a difference in my life, as my case study shows!

    Troy,
    Thank you. I am hell bent on staying in shape even though most of the other dads that I know get more out of shape as the years go on. There are a few of my friends that stay in shape but not many. We are all proof that over thirty doesn’t have to mean overweight!

    Darren,
    Thanks my friend!

    Dirt,
    No problem buddy! Keep me posted and let me know how things are going. I am really excited for you now because I know how much of a difference it will make in your life and your health!

    Mark,
    Thanks! I am convinced that it is the easiest and most effective way to stay lean!

    -Kelly

  11. Jordan - The Healthy Teacher on said:

    Kelly,
    You are doing an amazing job educating people about IF. I have experienced comparable results, and found that the 2 day a week system worked best for me as well (like you mentioned in your case study). Congrats on your weight loss, and body transformation. Your case study is inspiring! While intermittent fasting is it is not a magic solution, it really is a powerful tool.

    Cheers,
    Jordan

  12. Raymond- ZenMyFitness on said:

    Wow Kelly what a change IF really worked for you … when I first starting using it I missed the point a bit I would come home and pigout and really kill the good work I did but after awhile I got the hang of it and like you the fat started to drop off.
    I totally agree once you get to a goal weight use for maintenance cause we all still like to eat. But I found IF is the best way to integrate a normal life with keeping lean …there are other ways like strict dieting but I think that suxs and it’s never long term.
    Also great report I totally agree, I’ve suggested to anyone on my Facebook account who is looking to get fit and lean to download your book.
    Also thanks for the mention I appreciate it …Fantastic looking blog you have got going here!.
    Raymond
    Raymond- ZenMyFitness´s last [type] ..Discover How To Run Faster That helps Build A Muscular Body

  13. Dave - Not Your Average Fitness Tips on said:

    Kelly,
    We’re on exactly the same page. I used intermittent fasting to help get to my target weight and now I use it so I can have a binge here and there and maintain my weight. Like you said, you get to a certain point in your life where you’re happy enough with your fitness level that you don’t need to get ripped. Recently however, I’ve decided to make one final push over the next couple months to see how low I can get my bodyfat before a trip to Bermuda so I’m watching my meals a little closer. Still the best method around for getting lean!
    Dave

  14. admin on said:

    Jordan,
    Thanks! I am really passionate about fasting because it has really worked for me. It’s easy to talk about something that you are passionate about. I just really want to expose as many people as I can to intermittent fasting!

    Raymond,
    No problem, my friend. I always like to give credit where it is due and you are really ripped! You are an inspiration to all of us over 40!

    Dave,
    That’s great! Let me know how it is going. Isn’t it great to know that we can actually change our bodies at will? With some will power and intermittent fasting, it is easier then ever!

    -Kelly

  15. va from Amixed martial arts los angeles on said:

    I intermittent fast, but out of natural habit. I’m one of those people who only eat when they’re hungry and often go an entire day without it. However, I notice that when I eat I just get extremely bloated, even though I’m not over-eating. What do you think the problem could be? It’s frustrating! (Even though I don’t want to be super-ripped, either :) )

  16. admin on said:

    Ava,
    What are you eating that makes you feel bloated? Are you drinking a lot of fluids before eating?

    -Kelly

  17. Bloom to Fit on said:

    This is a really cool case study. I’ll make sure to make recommendations to this page. Great job!
    Bloom to Fit´s last [type] ..What is so BAD About Sugar

  18. Fitness Guy - How to put on muscle on said:

    Fasting was a real eye opener for me the first time I read about it. It goes against what most of us have been taught to believe, but if you do it right the weight falls off easily.

    I wonder how long till it will be accepted in the mainstream?. Maybe never.

  19. TroyP - Cube.Dweller.Fitness on said:

    I doubt it will EVER become mainstream. Mainstream wants and expects the easy path.

    While IF is an easier method to cut fat it still isn’t quite mainstream-easy.

  20. Gary - home workout routines on said:

    I’ve tried fasting but it leaves me absolutely starving for the next few days afterwards.

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