My experience with intermittent fasting

Joey Scafidihealth, nutrition, strength, Uncategorized2 Comments

“Eat six small meals a day” “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” “Your body will start using your muscle as fuel if you don’t eat at regular intervals!” We’ve heard all of these before and it sounds as if we should be shoveling food into our mouths continuously throughout the day. What if eating larger meals, less frequently was actually the way to go? Intermittent fasting: A term that describes controlling your fasting (not consuming any calories) and non-fasting windows *This is intended to be only an empirical account of my experience with intermittent fasting. It’s been over 5 months now that I’ve been consistently fasting and following a ketogenic diet and I just wanted to share a bit about my experience, with the fasting part, over this time in case you’ve been thinking about giving it a try yourself. I’ve known about intermittent fasting ever since I heard about the Paleo diet back in 2009. However, it was always one of those things that was put on the back burner as I felt that it was too much for me and that I wasn’t ready for it. Not consuming ANY calories for extended periods of time!? … Read More

Paleo, Keto, which diet is best for me?

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Since I started studying nutrition last year I’ve fielded the same question from countless different members in the gym: “what’s the best diet?” As most of you know, I passed my Precision Nutrition level 1 certificate several months ago. Their founder Dr. John Berardi’s opinion, which he outlines in detail here, is one I agree with wholeheartedly. Basically: There is no “best diet” and there’s nothing that will work for everyone. I can already hear people that have found success with keto, paleo or something similar saying, “you’re wrong.” I respectfully disagree. The truth is, if you are not following any type of eating plan whatsoever, you’re going to lose weight and feel better if you start following one regardless of the type. It’s because you actually start to pay attention to what you’re eating. You’ll naturally cut out those afternoon snacks or sugary drinks or beers after work because they aren’t in your plan. However, how many of you have tried strict paleo and stuck with it for more than 6 or 8 weeks? How many people do you know that have? This is the reason I don’t suggest following any of these diets for my beginner clients. Trying to make … Read More

Step away from the scale!

Joey ScafidihealthLeave a Comment

Throughout the last seven weeks of our Paleo Challenge, and in general, people are obsessed with the number on the scale. And I have to admit that at times I’ve been guilty of the same thing.  It’s gratifying to step on the scale and watch the number go down, week after week.  You assume that you’re getting fitter, leaner and more healthy but any number of things could be responsible for weight loss/gain. When a new person joins the gym with the hope of losing weight, oftentimes it can be discouraging to actually see the number stay the same or even go up, in the beginning! For untrained people, adding muscle is easy and in the beginning of starting a new program that’s exactly what will happen. And since muscle is more dense and heavier than fat, you could actually gain weight in the beginning. Gaining muscle and losing fat can make it seem as if you’re not making any progress, if all you do is go by the number on the scale. So, instead of stressing out over stepping onto the scale, day after day; focus on other, more meaningful, measures of progress. How do you feel? How do … Read More