Over the past day I've been distracting myself with some reading, both on the forums and on alternate websites. The primary focus drifted to "intermittent fasting". While the actuality of this concept isn't new to me with my natural eating habits, placing a name and structure to the concept is.
Even with the extreme attention given to nutrition by many on this site, I wonder if we truly pause to think about not only the "what" we are eating, but more importantly the *why*. Fasting, intermittent or otherwise, gives an opportunity to examine these thoughts. We are heard to complain how "hungry" we are, despite our last meal being a mere 6-hour prior. Our bodies are stronger and more resilient than you think and you will not go into "starvation" mode in the brief timelines of a single day.
One thing I find fascinating about North American diets is we are so used to having access to food (both good and bad choices) that we are in a constant state of richness. We have the ability to choose to be obsessive about macro and micronutrients (did you get your bcaa's today?!!) or to indulge into the point of oblivion and obesity and everything inbetween.
Bottom line is, there's no rocket science here folks. No matter what approach we take, whether it is 6 meals a day or big breakfast, moderate lunch, light dinner or no white flour/rice/potatoes/etc, ketogenic diets, paleo diets, grapefruit diets, etc your energy in versus energy out is what will make or break our weight loss and body remodeling goals. Focus on consistency and healthy, balanced eating in appropriate portion sizes and choose an approach that works for you - your lifestyle/habits/schedule/likes and dislikes and such, then stick to it. Let biology work for you!
Speaking of my mitochondria, I'm off to shovel more snow before heading to the gym for some mid-day movement (sadly, it will be a gong show for any weekend snowboarding adventures so it's indoor athleticism for me today).