Better than weight training and a low carb diet, which just inflates your muscles and doesn’t build functional strength and doesn’t last as soon as you go off this regimen, is something much better.
And that would be intermittent fasting. In the end, it’s not so much about what you eat or whether it is organic, free range, or all that nonsense. It’s about how much you eat and how often.
Most people in America don’t go more than 4 hours without eating, and some ‘graze’ all day or eat a meal every two hours. This is not good for your digestive organs, hormonal balance, insulin levels, teeth, and a whole slew of other things.
There are many ways to break up the day into periods of eating and not eating. But the theory is, when the body has a chance to rest from food, insulin levels drop and the organs of digestion get to rest. The best is to skip breakfast, eat your first meal at 10am, then wait four hours, eat again, wait another four hours, and eat your last meal of the day. You can snack a little before 8pm, and that’s it. Nothing fancy.
Fasting before and after sleep is a powerful tonic. The body gets to rest from digesting food all the time and nourish the brain and organs instead. It might be necessary to drink black coffee when you wake up to help you get going, but I suggest skipping breakfast and not snacking after dinner. In addition, don’t graze or snack in between meals. This is the easiest way to stay fit.
If you do intermittent fasting, the quality of the food you eat is less important. You can eat meat, sugar, bread, milk, anything in moderation as long as you are not eating too much or too often. That’s why I call it the easy way to get fit, it’s a no brainer.
Of course, it takes discipline and restraint from snacking all day. I suggest eating protein with every meal and replacing some of the carbs with fat. Good fats are good foods.
In general, one should eat to live not live to eat. Don’t see food as a reward for good behavior. You’re not a kid anymore. See food as fuel for your body and lifestyle. Eat what you need to eat, not what is most tasty and exciting.
Intermittent fasting plus ketogenic diet is the real caveman diet. Cavemen didn’t graze on sugar and starch all day because they couldn’t afford to. They went through periods of feast and famine, and were lucky to eat one piece of fruit per summer. Wheat and all starchy grains were an invention of the agriculturist later on in human development, which doesn’t make them inherently bad, just unnatural. Brown rice is the most harmless and energetic grain, the starchy fruit of a grass species.
The less often you eat, the more hunger you have for the food and the better it tastes. This is the original way to live, enjoying the bare minimum with zeal, not sitting around the TV munching on cheetos and soda.