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[A very quick blog update, and a very brief post on intermittent fasting and fat burning.]
Absent, but Not Gone
First, big apologies for the lack of posting:
I’ve not abandoned The Lean Saloon, as everyday I have many thoughts on intermittent fasting, sustainable exercise, and becoming lean. Unfortunately I currently have little time to post, as our new business in Palo Alto, Ca. is going through its opening phase.
Burning Fat without Exercise
Second, a quick post on intermittent fasting and staying lean during reduced physical activity:
As such, I have to find a way to avoid gaining fat. So, no surprise: intermittent fasting has been the answer. But here’s the thing…
As readers know, I usually eat my first meal at 4pm, and my last around 11 or midnight, before bed.
During a reduction in physical activity, I simply change the fasting schedule. When it’s time to eat the first meal at 4pm, I have been telling myself that I want my body to burn fat for a little longer. So I extend the fast period to 6pm — an extra 2-hours of fat burning.
Here’s the reason: when the body is unfed and there’s no food content in the stomach, the body is in utilization mode — a state of higher fat metabolism to meet energy needs. When the body is fed, however, energy needs are met by the food in the stomach, and the excess are stored (as glycogen or fat). And stored fat remains stored.
So, whether you’re exercising or not is not really the case here — if you want to burn more stored fat, just ask your body to do so by extending the fasting window a little more. And doesn’t matter what kind of IF schedule you use; the longer you go between meals, the longer the fat burning period — it’s just an economic of time.
Although I might have lost a little muscle from the lack of exercise stimulus (which I’m not concerned), my body fat has remained the same. In fact, subjectively my abs are sharper than ever… a useful visual barometer to body fat dynamics in lean people.
Sometimes you can’t get to the gym, or the great outdoors, but that doesn’t mean you have to gain weight or fat. Intermittent fasting… it has many great uses.