Intermittent Fasting & IIFYM Are Fads
The first time I tried intermittent fasting was after reading from Martin Berkhan of LeanGains.
That was back when I was going to university and I was natural, having never used any bodybuilding drugs yet.
I saw Berkhan’s physique and it was fucking incredible. It was obvious that he was doing something different than all the guys at the gym I was going to, and he was adamently attributing it to his intermittent fasting approach to diet. I figured that if Matt Ogus‘ “Macros” approach wasn’t the answer, then this “I.F.” stuff must be the secret to these amazing, shredded, big but not steroid big physiques I kept seeing online. Little did I know the secret was Steroids & HGH lol.
From Berkhan I learned about how I could access what would be my first performance enhancing drug. He explained how “Bronkaid” asthma medicine could be obtained at the CVS/Walgreens pharmacy, and that the principle ingredient was ephedrine. I could combine ephedrine with caffeine to create the infamous EC stack.
I used EC stack and started intermittent fasting with some nice success at the beginning. After a couple days of initial intense hunger from skipping breakfast, my body started to adapt to this new eating schedule squeezing all of my meals in between 12pm-8pm.
After a couple weeks I started to notice a pattern of binging tendencies for the first time in my life. My meal portions were much larger, and I would find myself day dreaming about food during my fasts. Soon I started to lose control after some of the more intense fasts and would end up binging on 3k-5k calories of food to break my fasts after intense suffering as a results of low blood sugar.
You know that feeling where you start getting dizzy and weak and you feel like just laying on a bed?
Soon i decided to stop intermittent fasting but the mental effects from this lingered with me for years. I had adopted a mindset of starving myself and “extreme dieting”. Many other aspiring bodybuilders adopt this mindset as well. You can see this tendency by reading forum posts of guys frantically asking “What is the fastest way to burn fat?” and “I will be embarking on an extreme PSMF type fat loss diet for the next 4 weeks to lose all of my fat FAST”.
This is not how dieting works guys. It doesn’t work fast. Dieting is a slow and steady wins the race endeavor. If you try to push it, you will crash and burn. The people who succeed with their diets are the people who stick to the basics. They do the simple tried and true bodybuilder method of eating frequent small meals day after day without fail.
The successful dieters are eating small meals of chicken and rice with some vegetable 5-6 times per day. (Replace chicken with lean beef, turkey, fish etc. as you prefer)
Fads like IIFYM, The dieting & fitness approach based on SCIENCE!, or Intermittent fasting are not the approaches that work for the majority of people.
Look at what the pro bodybuilders were doing back in Arnold’s time. 5-6 small meals of clean food.
Look what the pro bodybuilders of today are doing. 7-8 small meals of clean food. (Bodybuilders today are bigger and require more meals).
Look to the people at the top and copy their methods if you want success.
Martin Berkhan, Jeff Seid, Matt Ogus, and Kinobody, don’t know some dieting secret to get ripped and shredded that the pros don’t know. They’re scamming you with their “Latest Diet Fad to Get Shredded!”
Follow the tried and true and the results you want will come to you.
-the bodybuilder in thailand