Friday, August 1, 2014

The Nutrition Rules I'm Breaking

I'm not a big rule-follower these days.  

In fact, there are a couple of nutrition rules that I'm now prepared to break.

There seem to be two camps in the world of fitness nutrition.

First we find those in the Clean Eating camp.  
These diets insist that one must eat all day long.  Meals & snacks must be spaced out every 2-4 hours throughout the day in order to fuel the fires of the metabolism.

The only time you are exempt from this rule is when you are sleeping.

The opposite campers are the Intermittent Fasting folks.

This group believes that going long periods of time without eating is actually good for your metabolism.  
If you're part of this group, you are now ignoring your mother's advice that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  

Many who practice intermittent fasting do all of their eating in a 7 or 8 hour window.  So for instance, you might decide that you only eat between 1 pm & 8 pm.  No brunch for you.

I've read quite a bit about both of these approaches and I think they both have some merit.

However, I'm not following either plan.  I'm trying something crazy.

I'm going to eat when I'm hungry.

If I'm not hungry, I'm not going to eat.

So for instance, as I write this post it's 9:55 PM.  I'm not hungry, so there's no food near me.  
Will I eat breakfast tomorrow?  Probably.  I usually wake up hungry.  But, if I'm not hungry I think I'll wait a bit before I eat.  No big deal.

It's so crazy it just might work.

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