A return to intermittent fasting - 20:4, The Warrior's Diet

By Scratch

Pittsburgh (FFD) - I don’t have much to say about my losing week on the Football Fan’s Diet, which I just experienced. It was awful and simply replete with why the holiday’s can be so difficult to get through without gaining weight.

Worse, I kind of quit during the week. I threw the towel in. I played loser football with my health. Why did this happen?

What went wrong last week

I am not exactly sure, but I do recall there simply being one too many social occasions coupled with a very stressful time at work. The counting calories component of my DGO, begin to work against me too.

Counting calories can be enabling, but when you get behind in the game, it seems there is a strong urge to quit it all together—and it just pisses you off. If the calories get away from you, each day then begins an exercise in reminding you how bad you are doing.

All in all, I gave it 4 complete weeks of counting calories and I won the third week—and that was it. One win. One lousy freaking win.

This week I will change my Daily Gameday Objective to go back to the 20:4 intermittent fasting diet. Yes, I know there are common pitfalls there for me. However, I have also had a few bright spots doing it as well.

The Pros of Intermittent Fasting

So here is why intermittent fasting can be awesome. Yes—Steaks. These steaks are in the case at the local Texas Road House restaurant in the North Hills of Pittsburgh.

So here is why intermittent fasting can be awesome. Yes—Steaks. These steaks are in the case at the local Texas Road House restaurant in the North Hills of Pittsburgh.

One of the benefits will be NOT counting calories. That relieves a lot of mental anguish. I simply need to calm down and focus on the day—one day at a time. That leads me to another benefit of intermittent fasting, simplification.

I don’t have to worry about what to eat all day, just at one particular point in the day. Also, if I get into exercise, it seems to snowball. The more I do it, the more healthy I become in all areas of my life.

Additionally, the four hour window allows me some time for my social life, which admittedly needs to shrink down to 1 or 2 days at the most. Currently I suspect my unhealthy social life activities stand at around 3-4 days a week. Therein I see an opportunity to save needless calories and money too. Beer is not free after all. And, needless to say, I pay a heavy price for all those extra calories. Fat pants ain’t cheap my friend.

The Cons of Intermittent Fasting

I have to be on my guard about the 4-hour eating window.

I found one of the biggest challenges about doing the Warrior’s Diet or 20:4 hour fasting approach, is it is easier than you think to use the 4-hour window as a pig out binge.

Yes, eating too much during the feeding time is as familiar as any old times, but I can’t do it Sal. Not even for old time’s sake.

I need to focus that feeding time on eating wholesome foods. One of the things I discovered, or re-discovered, while counting calories was the oven roasted low cal sandwiches at Subway.

So if I move forward with a new effort on the 20:4 intermittent fasting plan, I will make it healthy—this time, I promise. I must. I can. I will do it.

I need to quit being a freaking wimp. I need to get mad as hell too. I am mad, as of this post. So I will roll with it.

Check back often to see how I am rolling with it.

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