There may be a lot of readers who are only familiar with one or the other. Both have a unique style that packs a big punch to fat loss and proper health. On the surface only one of them is considered a "diet," but even that term is held very loosely. I am very familiar with both of them in regards to fat loss and overall health benefits so to give an overall summary for both will be suitable. I truly believe that if you bridge the gap and combine these two styles, you will be able to produce some pretty amazing fat loss results. Let's begin!
Fasting For Fat Loss Is Extremely Effective
The idea of fasting in a diet plan tends to get very negative reviews within the fitness culture. Many companies and trainers have us believing that if you are not eating every few hours than your metabolism will slow down or cause our bodies to go into "starvation mode." Before we go any further, we must establish that "slowing of the metabolism" may be one of the biggest myths in the entire fitness industry. Metabolism is reduced under chronic, low-calorie consumptions that last weeks on end. This does not happen when fast is done a couple times a week. Here is a simple outline of how intermittent fast is implemented into someone's schedule. I'll explain how this can be tweaked to your liking later.
1. Eat normal until dinner (2-4 meals, not 6-8)
2. Eat your dinner but stop eating after that.
3. Fast until dinner the following day. (No calorie consumption)
4. For that meal just eat a regular size dinner.
In this approach you are still fasting for a 24 hour period, but are still having a meal every day. This is done typically 1-2 times a week. If you need to drop a lot of weight before a vacation or reunion, then you can fast 3 times a week. I would only recommend this for a few weeks.
What You Learn About Yourself During Fasting
When fast, you will want to take note of any changes in the way you eat. Once you have completed a 24 hour fast a few times, the reasons of what, when, and why you eat may be revealed to you. A lot of the reasons why we eat is because of emotional connections or pure habit and not with actual hunger itself. Sometimes we are so conditioned to eat at certain times that we consume a meal when we are not hungry.
Intermittent Fasting Is A Lifestyle And Not A Diet
The reason why it is not considered a "diet" is because it does not restrict you to certain foods, recipes, combinations, instructions, or charts to follow in order to lose weight. It rids you of obsessive compulsive eating habits and allows you variety. Instead of completely avoiding a particular food because someone told you to, adding a variety of foods will actually prevent you from over-eating any type of "bad" food. Now that we have established this area of fat loss, let's turn to a defect issue in regards to diet and health.
What Is The Phase One Diet AKA The Fungus Link?
Doug Kaufmann is the mastermind behind the idea of fungus and yeast contributing to bad health and weight loss failures. He has researched and documented how fungi produces poisonous substances called "mycotoxins" which causes many health problems. He tackles the problem by addressing areas where fungi and yeast can enter the body, but also provides the solution in starving the fungus to reverse the symptoms of so many health problems in America. He has found that fungi, like people, crave specific carbohydrates. Knowing that fungi must have carbohydrates in order to thrive inside the body makes the Phase 1 Diet understandable to use.
So What Is Allowed On The Phase 1 Diet?
This is the only "diet" that I would ever recommend that actually restricts certain types of food, but for a specific reason. The exclusion of certain foods is done temporarily to starve and kill the fungus as well as exposing the root of food cravings. Food desires that are not under control can be detrimental to your health as well as the added pounds on the belly, thighs, hips, you name it. Fungus overgrowth may in fact be the root failure in losing the weight. As long as you are added to certain foods you will continue to eat and eat mindlessly. Many people find that their health elevates to a level where they can not believe how great they feel. A large reason for this is because of the specific food choice that stars and results overgrowth of fungus. Many people are living better because of this break through approach to eating. Here is a quick outline of food choices that are acceptable on the Phase 1 Diet.
Example of Acceptable Foods For The Phase 1 Diet
2) FRUIT: Berries, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Green Apples, Avocado, Fresh Coconut
3) MEATS: Virtually all meat including fish, poultry and beef
4) VEGETABLES: Fresh, unblemished vegetables and freshly made vegetable juice
5) BEVERAGES: Bottled or filtered water, non-fruity herbal teas, stevia sweetened fresh lemonade, freshly squeezed carrot juice.
6) VINEGAR: apple cider vinegar
7) OILS: olive, grape, flax seed, cold pressed virgin coconut oil
8) NUTS: raw nuts, including pecans, almonds, walnuts, cashews, and pumpkin seeds. Stored nuts tend to gather mold, so be careful!
9) SWEETENERS: Stevia, Xylitol
10) DAIRY : Organic Butter, Organic Yogurt, (use the following very sparingly) cream cheese, unsweetened whipping cream, real sour cream.
Note: Once again these food choices are only allowed during the very beginning of the diet. After awhile you are allowed to introduce more and more varieties of food, but only once the fungus overgrowth is taken care of. There is a couple of phases that he has constructed so you are not left clueless what to do next. Remember, restriction of certain foods is only for a short period of time. I truly believe that if you begin this diet in conjunction with intermittent fasting, it will remove all the guesswork out of fat loss. Losing weight is nothing more than burning more calories than what you are consuming. Intermittent fast creates the huge calorie deficiency while the Phase 1 Diet breaks food addictions that cause people to be overweight and succumb to health problems caused by fungus.