Why You Should Add Intermittent Fasting To Your Workout Routine

by Brad Pilon, MS on June 8, 2010 · 1 comment

By Brad Pilon, MSFasting Can Change Your Life

You may not even have heard yet about intermittent fasting and the benefits thereof. In fairness it is a relatively new way of looking at fasting and it’s possible uses, so let’s take a few moments and examine why intermittent fasting is quickly becoming a valuable element in your weight loss/fat loss arsenal.

Many of us know fasting as something that has religious and/or spiritual applications, or perhaps as a political statement or tool. (Almost always a bad idea!) However you’ve thought of fasting in the past, it may be time to look at it in a new way.

Intermittent fasting has evolved into a useful way to cut your caloric intake and still maintain energy and strength enough to workout and get stronger, and in general become more fit.

An intermittent fast can be defined as: One in which the person fasting abstains from everything but water for a period of 24 hours, one to two times per week. This definition serves those who would use this as a tool in their weight loss routine, and still be able to workout. Think of the benefits of exercising a full two days worth of calories from your diet, and still be burning them up at a high rate simultaneously. Sounds attractive, eh? 

Now, employing a fast once or twice a week and then using the remaining days to practice for eating contests won’t cut it. You need to practice restraint and employ a sensible eating plan for those days, but all in all, most people report that the urge to pig out isn’t as strong as they thought it would be. 

One of the biggest benefits of doing intermittent fasting as a part of your workout program is that studies have shown that not only is your energy NOT diminished, but it actually seems to be enhanced, and your metabolism isn’t reduced but clearly further stoked up. This is the primary complaint among people who would use a traditional fast. They would no longer have the gas left in their tank to work out, and while they’d lose weight, often it would be muscle mass, which sort of defeats the purpose.

When starting out with intermittent fasting:

  • Make sure you start out easy, getting your body used to skipping a day once a week, then perhaps two.
  • Take it slow when working out during this transition time, until you start to feel as though you’re able to take a full load in your workout program.

This won’t take long, and in fact will leave you hungering for more, and I don’t mean food!

If you’re seeking a way to accelerate your fat loss and still keep working out, then you need to take a good look at intermittent fasting. You may be pleased at just how effective it can be at painlessly reducing your caloric intake while at the same time allowing you sufficient energy to complete your workouts!

About the Author: Brad Pilon, MS is a nutrition professional with over eight years experience working in the nutritional supplement industry. Brad has completed graduate studies in nutritional sciences specializing in the use of short term fasting for weight loss. His trademarked book Eat Stop Eat has been featured on national television and helped thousands of men and women lose fat without sacrificing the foods they love. For more information, click Eat Stop Eat to visit Brad’s website.

Editor’s Comments:

Today is the last day of school for my kids, so I guess summer is officially here! With that in mind, I have been experimenting with Brad’s Eat Stop Eat program (again) for the past few weeks to strip a few pounds of fat I’ve carrying around my mid-section before “public swimming pool season” begins.

Boy…has it worked great! I’ve lost 4 lbs. of fat in the past 3 weeks while maintaining my muscle mass. My wife still thinks I’m too skinny, and I think she was even a little irritated because she had to buy me some new shorts for summer. LOL 🙂

Seriously though, I’m now wearing a size 31 waist and all of the size 34 shorts I was wearing last year were just falling off.  I have been routinely working out and eating healthy for the last year and a half…even since I was well enough to start again after the motorcycle accident…and I am almost back into top shape.

The one thing I have been struggling with recently is adding muscle. Now that I am over 40, it seems harder every year to lose fat AND build muscle. As an experienced weight lifter…I have been training for nearly 25 years…I’ve hit my share of muscle building “plateaus,” but I’ve always been able to push through them by working out harder.

Now that I’m older, I just can’t seem to do it anymore…at least not as easy as I could. Brad actually has a term for this. He calls it Anabolic Slowdown. Simply put, anabolic slowdown is a condition where your body stops adding muscle and gaining strength. 

Yeah…I can relate. 

The bottom line:

Everybody who trains hard enough eventually suffers from Anabolic Slowdown which is a combination of metabolic, mechanical and physiological reactions to weight training that make it next to impossible to gain any more muscle.

So how do you know if you have anabolic slow down?Anabolic Again Program

Well Brad has a FREE assessment tool you can use…my score on this “test” was 70, which puts me in Category 4: High Risk of Anabolic Slowdown…and on Thursday, June 10th, he is having a call where he will talk for the first time about Anabolic Slow Down and the Anabolic Continuum.

If you are an EXPERIENCED lifter like I am, then this is a MUST ATTEND event you simply cannot miss!  Simply go to this link and sing up for your free copy of the assessment guide(read it and fill it out before the teleseminar) and secure your spot on the Teleseminar.


If your muscle building effort needs a kick start this is going to be the most important event you attend all year.

Required Legal Disclaimer: Some of the links mentioned within this post or posts they lead to are my affiliate links and I get compensated for recommending those products. However, I NEVER recommend something I don’t believe in and welcome your questions and feedback.

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