Posts Tagged: intermittent fasting

Everyone Knows What’s Best for a Fat Person


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By Matt Stone Girl: I need to lose 40 pounds in the next 3 months. Anybody have any ideas? Random Internet Guy: Exercise fasted. You’ll thank me later. I saw a conversation on Facebook recently that went almost exactly like that. At the post office, I overheard a postal worker telling a guy that eating more fruits and vegetables and exercising every day was a surefire ticket to lasting weight loss. A friend of mine once told his fat older brother that all he needed was a stationary bike, and he could kiss that unsightly blubber goodbye. Ask any low-carber what fat Joe should do. He just needs to enter ketosis. Freaking carb addict. In my early 20′s, all my mom needed to do to lose weight was stop drinking Coke. In 2012, fat people just needed to cut out the gluten. In… Read more »

Low-Intensity Exercise Part III – Lactic Acid and Growth Hormone


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There isn’t a whole lot more that I wanted to say about low-intensity exercise other than for some indivuals, particularly those very sensitive to stress, may fare better keeping intensity level very low.  But I did want to get a few words in about lactic acid and growth hormone, as there is a huge blind infatuation with growth hormone these days. Growth hormone is far from being worthy of blind worship.  Growth hormone is something that surges when the body is subjected to major stresses.  Two of the most major stresses – fasting and high-intensity exercise at or near one’s maximum heart rate, stimulate the most dramatic increase in growth hormone.  Anorexics, for example, have much higher levels of growth hormone, and are even thought to develop resistance to growth hormone similar to what happens… Read more »

Intermittent Feasting, Vegas Style



By Rob Archangel, staff writer This past week, I had the chance to make a trip out to Las Vegas, and what better place than the buffet capital of the world to document my ongoing experiment in intermittent fasting/feasting. As some of you know, I’ve been working with Chief, learning his methods of health and body recomposition for the last several months.  While I won’t get into too much detail on the specifics of his program for me (that’ll come further down the line once I feel confident in reporting conclusions), I did want to throw together this post just to share and document what sort of foods a ROK-star might eat. Before I left, Chief suggested that I eat absolutely intuitively on the trip, to go to buffets… Read more »

Thyroid and Nosebleeds, Heavy Periods, Bleeding Gums, Bruising, Anemia, and Low Platelet Count/ITP



Wow!  If that ain’t the most Ray Peat title ever!  Beat that old man! Okay, I don’t expect this post to really appeal to a broad audience.  I mean, that’s the most uncatchy title of all-time.  Well, other than the fact that I listed enough health problems that virtually everyone will have had some problem with one of those at some point.  Maybe that will lure in a few readers. This post is important though, as there are some very interesting connections between all of these conditions and metabolism/thyroid.  Understand some of those connections and you will understand the human body better than most.  Be warned that this post will probably jump around a lot and seem a little schizophrenic, but bear with me.  I didn’t want to separate it… Read more »

Epic Lunches



I’ll be the first to admit – I’m enjoying Chief-style eating.  By Chief, I of course am referring to sporadic 180 commenter Chief – the One and Only.  Chief has advocated since his first appearance here that one feast per day is all a person really needs, and that this practice is congruent with many traditional cultures (not that I really care about traditional cultures’ eating habits, but that was part of Chief’s reasoning). So by Chief-style, I’m referring to glorious buffet-style eating to the point of maximal fullness, followed by not eating again until I am really hungry (usually sometime the following day).  At first I was resistant to this idea, as buffet-style eating has always shown to increase the number of calories people eat when eating to appetite. … Read more »

RBTI – Eating a Big Lunch



One of the simplest aspects of the RBTI – and one of the most powerful, is eating a big lunch – the meal of the day when you eat the most fat, the only meal that you eat meat (not including eggs and dairy), and the last time during the day that you eat sweets or desserts. Seems that people are daunted by this whole RBTI thing, but, as Challen says matter of factly – “the more rules that you follow the healthier you will become.”  Well, I’m finding that just following this ONE rule - eating big every day and finishing up the meal no later than 2pm, is helping a lot of people.  It’s very simple.  No meats or sweets after 2pm.  Dinners are very light – typically small salads, steamed vegetables, cottage cheese, soups,… Read more »

Meal Frequency and Intermittent Fasting Q and A


Elizabeth Walling from and myself decided to get a little fancy on you guys and do a little Q and A on meal frequency and intermittent fasting.  As many of you know, there is fierce debate over what constitutes the ideal meal frequency for health, muscle building, metabolism, fat loss, and more.  In the past, it was believed by virtually anyone and everyone that 5-7 meals per day was the only sensible way to eat if you wanted to be a lean and ripped beast.  Hofmekler, Berkhan, Pilon (shown below) and others have issued formidable challenges to this dogma in recent years. But as we have all discovered in many long-winded rounds in the comments section, intermittent fasting and reduced meal frequency – while very effective for blunting appetite and… Read more »

The Catecholamine Honeymoon



This post could be titled any number of things. Originally I had thought to call it Low Carb Honeymoon, as I have referred to that window of amazing energy and effortless, lean-tissue sparing fat loss experienced by many on their first flirtation with carbohydrate restriction. But carbohydrate restriction is really just one way of achieving an adrenal hormone buzz that provides unfathomably good results in the short-term while mysteriously disappearing later on.  Another is rigorous exercise. Another is fasting or intermittent fasting. Then you have just plain calorie restriction – which usually feels awesome and invigorating before the crash landing. Stimulants will do the trick as well. Ephedra was an amazing supplement for many people from what I understand. A happily-ever-after? I don’t think so. Each of these techniques or… Read more »