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Thoughts on Intermittent Fasting

Every couple of years you see a diet strategy for getting slim getting major airtime. Atkins, Paleo, Zone… these days Intermittent Fasting is the new hotness.

It’s always the same pattern. First someone rehashes some material that’s been around for a while - usually the 60s or 70s. Then some strapping young chap (it’s always a guy) writes a website, swiftly followed by a print book, and makes a ton of cash. Following on from that you get the obligatory evangelists in the fitness industry, acting like it’s a lifestyle. The next step is for mainstream media to latch onto it. Cue umpteen newspaper articles, product clones, and of course misinterpretations. The final stage is for my sister to ask me about it. When that happens, the diet is officially dead.

An anecdote. There’s a guy in my office who I chat to on occasion regarding lifting. He’s a Crossfitter and I’ve seen him train a couple of times down at Bethnal Green. Like me, he usually works to a fairly routine schedule - trains at the same time, eats and the same time and place, and it’s usually buying lunch where we cross paths.

He often complains of one injury or another, so I asked a couple of questions to get perspective on his situation. He told me that he had recently started IF in an attempt to lean out a little. I should point out here that this guy is tall, fairly lean (leaner than me, but then most people are) and I’d be generous in guessing his weight at 80kg tops. Alarm bell number 1 - you’re not that fat.

Fitness Goals I Will Reach By Next Summer, Starting Long Ago

On Runner's Ravings

I’ve been at the University of Missouri-Columbia (Mizzou) for a week and a half, and I’m already more involved in the school’s culture and institutions than I ever was in my high school.

As I find myself getting involved with The Maneater, my residence hall, and the Missouri Students Association (MSA), I recognize that I need to take a moment and outline my goals. It’s easy to submit numerous applications and plunge into every opportunity, and I’ve had a blast doing it, but it undoubtedly necessary to stop and consider what I’m doing, where I’m headed, and where I want to be.

Here are some goals I’ve set for myself. For now, I'm going to focus only on my fitness goals. This is because I believe this to be the area of my life most swinging in the balance right now. I’m going to outline them as tediously as possible. Broad goals, I’ve found, are not very effective.

Run a marathon by April 1, 2014

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