I’ve been on this diet, or lifestyle change, since February ..said I would post when I had a physical and looked at the lab tests. Physical and labs test were excellent, though I need to bring LDL up somewhat. Probably better results then when I was 50, but those old med records were kind of sketchy, (the office has since computerized). Clearly, my HR performance is remarkably different.
My objective: Been over 225 for 30 years, really wanted to experience being lighter and more of a hard body. Also, wanted to get rid of those peaks and valleys, i.e. being over-charged in the morning and wanting to nap in the afternoon. I’ve always been active, lots of different sports and rec.
So, I’m 7 months into intermittent fasting; eating only between 6-9pm with water, coffee and tea during the day. According to Warrior Diet Ori Hofmekler the pay-off is ‘High Energy’, ‘Explosive Strength’, ‘Leaner, Harder body’. (Note: I did read all the medical literature about IFing before I started.) Here’s what I think of those claims, and other observations:
Before: 6ft, 235lb, 60yo, resting HR 63, max HR 210, cruising HR 160, 46” chest, 38” waist. Primary exercise: biking, avg. 20-50 mile rides 100-150 miles a week, occasional century.
After: 6ft, 215lb, 60yo, resting HR 57, max HR 180, cruising HR 135, 45” chest, 35” waist. Primary exercises: running 5ks, kick-boxing, biking avg. 20-30 mile rides 30-50 miles a week, synergistic/core workouts, dancing (WCS).
- Sustained energy all day long, no peaks and valleys.
- Crazy endurance energy; meaning you can put runs, biking, gym back to back. No bonking. You come away from work-outs thinking, ‘I could do that again, give me a minute’. No powerbars, blocks, gels.
-Hard body: I think this is the first time in my life I have really appreciate head to toe fitness, my thighs are gotten bigger and better defined, my core has made a big leap.
-Health: You definitely feel healthier, and behaviors you elect seems to be consistent.
-No Hunger: Once acclimated after a couple of days, eating during the day seems unnatural and sort of gross.
-Explosive strength? Forget about it. My ability to put out big watts or push heavy weights is gone. Think endurance, persistence hunter; not Neanderthal.
-High Energy: No, not high but sustained. There is a problem with apathy after a few months, feeling unmotivated. Although it’s a rush to come out of a hard work-out saying ‘no big deal’, there is also a constant voice in the back of your head that says ‘who cares’.
- Against the Grain: Going out to lunch with friends, football Sundays, weekend brunch, all that stuff is a problem. You get a lot of “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” comments.
- Feasting during eating window: And that is the issue for me now, I have not adopted the author’s plea to eat healthy when you eat, I am still consuming big quantities of meat, sugars, ice cream, liquor, bread during the evening. So, my choice of food intake really hamstrings the benefits, but that is the test I wanted to do.
I took the basic principles of Warrior Diet and adjusted to my lifestyle, and hardly followed the author’s recommendations... and I think that is causing me some metabolism problems. Adding some fruits and vegetables during the day, and eating better at night is my plan going forward. I need to put my resting metabolism one step higher on the ladder. (The author supports this idea.) Supplementing with some food during the day that has low glycemic value, e.g. yogurt, beans, fruit, seems like the plan. Also, I’m thinking I could drop another 10lbs pretty easily if I watched what I eat during the evening Feast Window.
Comment: The loss of interest in bike riding was a surprise. The intensity of some other work-outs has been their draw, frankly bike riding seems more drudgery now, like charging up hills is fun but after an hour or so I “…wish I was at the gym”. This might be temporary, and one cause is clearly my once a week ride with my spouse, which is fantastic but painfully slow. I’ve been running 5ks before spin classes, that helps for engaging me in spin, but I am still coming off the bike thinking Meah.
I give it a thumbs up, but I argue with the claims. If I was a competitive athlete or a body builder I suspect I would be giving it a thumbs down. But. for a more average lifestyle that requires sustained energy and a desire to have exceptional endurance capacity when summoned, I give it a strong positive review. I’m training for 10ks now, trying to make my 5k times sub-30. I could never have imagined that 7 months ago; 20 minutes running and I was fried. Now 45 minutes running and I feel my work-out is just getting serious.
That’s the review, obviously much more I could say. If you have questions you are welcome to ping me and I’ll post in this thread from time to time.