of the cultures for the past thousand years, there is someelement of fasting that typically goes hand in hand withreligious practices and sometimes that is a complete fast.
Sometimes it’s a fast from certain types of food. Like the
Mediterranean diet I believe has over 140 different days of
the year where they’re not eating a lot of cholesterol ladenfoods because they’re not allowed to have things like meat,eggs, dairy, things of that nature. It’s my personal opinion
that that is more of a factor in the reduced risk of heartdisease in the Mediterranean diet and that is not just because
they’re eating olives and olive oil and avocadoes andeverything like that. It’s that they’re avoiding a lot of high
calorie foods many days out of the year for religious orcultural fasting reasons. Now in terms of short-termintermittent fasting, I personally do not utilize it in thenutrition plan for the people that I work with, and the reasonfor that is this. When you are fasting and you are eating zeroc
alories in a day and all you’re doing is drinking water, it is
very difficult to commit yourself to exercise on that day.Furthermore, the following day you can feel kind of blah,kind of under the weather because your body can be very carbohydrate or glyc
ogen depleted and again you’ll have a
difficult time working out that day as well. Now my entire workout, lifestyle, nutrition philosophy for the clients with
which I work is that we’re attempting to build lean toned
tight athletic coordinated bodies, at the same time that welose fat. And fasting is not conducive to the daily consistent
physically active that’s necessary to achieve that. Now there
are some cases where there would be an exception to that.For example if everything has just not worked for someone
and we’re going to try a severe caloric restriction just as a last
that’s where fasting might come in. However,
for a physically active person, you got to be very careful withfasting just because of the huge reduction in energy thatresults and the potential for just suppressing immunesystems, suppressing energy especially for people who areendurance athletes, who are exercising a lot. So, fasting doeshave its health benefits. It can help you mentally. Give you alot of self-control. It can help you dip into your fat reserves.
You just need to be aware that you’re not going to have a lotof energy when you do incorporate fasting and it’s not a realfun way to lose weight. I’m sure that you could get someresults though with it. It’s
just not part of the program that Iuse.
Now the next part of Scott’s question as far as post
-workoutnutrition and the insulin spike
what it comes down to is