This is the final installment in this short series of articles on intermittent fasting (IF). In this article, I will explain what IF protocol I used and why. Also, I will give you some tips on choosing an intermittent fasting protocol for yourself.
Which IF I Used
I chose the Warrior Diet because it was, in my opinion, the easiest to follow. Why? First off it is a daily plan. I did not have to remember whether this was a day I was eating or not. I just did the same thing every day.
Also, on the Warrior Diet I got to eat every day which made it easier to stick to my low-carb lifestyle. This did not always happen as I will explain later, but being able to eat every day made low-carb a more viable option. On the other hand, when I experimented with alternate day fasting and Eat Stop Eat one of the biggest problems I had with these diets is that after 24 hours of fasting, I wanted to eat everything in sight. On these diets you are allowed to eat normally which I have described in previous posts. But after a 24 hour fast I wanted to eat like it was Thanksgiving.
Like I said above, I did not always eat low-carb when I was on the Warrior Diet. And the truth is that you do not have to. But I did eat low-carb most of the time. However, the ability to eat whatever I wanted during my eating window allowed me to be more flexible while eating with my friends and family.
Which IF Plan Should You Do?
First off, do not be afraid to experiment. And do not be afraid to switch to another plan if one is not working out. But you must be able to chose a plan that you will stick to and that will fit into your life. If you live alone and do not mind skipping a day of eating, you might do better on alternate day fasting or Eat Stop Eat. If you have a family and you eat with them every night, you might do better on the Warrior Diet. Just remember the best plan is the one you will actually do.
One more thing I noticed about IF that I wanted to mention has to do with the fact that a lot of these plans allow you to have carbs during your eating window. However, what I noticed is that the the longer your eating window is the more low-carb you need to go in order to see results. For example, if you are going to break your fast between 14-18 hours and give yourself a longer eating window, you need to really be cautious of the carbs you are eating. Basically you need to stick to a low-carb diet. On the other hand if you fast for 20 plus hours you have a greater tolerance for carbs. This means that if you only eat for say two hours, you can eat more carbs and still lose weight.