I have gotten several comments (all disagreeing with me) about my fasting research. I wanted to respond in one place, hence this entry.
As those of you who “know” me already know, I don't post something like that without looking at all sides. I have read Eat Stop Eat and a few other “freebie” fasting manuals on the web. I read the positive articles and the negative articles and that's how I came to the conclusion I came to. Yes, everyone is attached to their fasting and that's fine, but the point I am trying to bring up, the information I am trying to share is important and one that should not be ignored.
When you measure your results after fasting, how do you know you couldn't have increased your LBM even more? What I'd like to see is each of you who are fasting show me your numbers. Show me what your weight and fat % was when you started and what it was when you finished. My guess is that you are going to show LBM loss. Why? Well, just going into any caloric deficit causes this to happen. It is why I've gone to the Chris Aceto method–he is a highly paid expert and the reason he is a highly paid expert is that he can cut the fat and preserve the muscle. That's even the point of Tom Venuto's book, Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle–you burn fat while keeping the muscle to the best of your ability.
Yes, each person is different, but physiology is the same for every human body. If I can drop my calories 20% and cause LBM loss, what is going to happen if I completely lose 2 days of eating and cut my calories by 20% on top of that? I'm creating a larger caloric deficit than normal, which drops my LBM even faster than normal.
The bottomline: I am not here to condemn what anyone is doing, I'm here to play the devil's advocate. I say what is on my mind and this fasting issue has bothered me for a long time. Everyone talks about the results they get, but all I see is scale measurements and honestly, the scale means nothing to me as long as I'm losing fat. Look at my latest results. I lost fat and maintained muscle for the first time in weeks because I upped my calories and controlled my carbs.
There is no one way to do this, but fasting just doesn't make sense to me and I wanted to be sure the opposing viewpoint got out there. I plan to post a question on BTFIC and see what the response is. I will report back at that time.