Combination of Eat Stop Eat, Carb Nite and Body by Science

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 11, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Sorry for all the "names" in the title. I just thought it would convey the question succinctly.

I have been doing IF for around 2 months now and haven't budged in the fat loss area. I have plenty of energy and brain power but am a way off being at a healthy body fat % so am not happy with not losing.

The more I look into it I think I am eating way to few calories probably causing some sort of metabolic slow down (although the energy brain function side of things don't agree).

So I thought I would combat this be doing some alternate day fasting to bring my calories up (Eat Stop Eat style) as I really like the sound of the benefits of fasting (i.e. autophagy) whilst continuing my very low carb version of paleo with a cheat meal/s (aka Carb Nite) after an intense workout (Body by Science style).

I figure this way I take care of the longevity cancer fighting autophagy from fasting, get my hormone spike from cheating, maintain/build some muscle from intense workout with plenty of rest and continue to eat paleo albeit very low carb.

That was a long winded, name dropping session.

Anybody have experience with something similar with or without all the copyrighted titles?


on November 11, 2012
at 04:06 PM

Body by Science (aka s-l-o-w lifting) is not ideal for optimum results. Though it can give "decent" results in very little time. But just truly no need to lift that slow. No need to lift like a chimp on crack either, but smooth and controlled is all that is required. If your joints are problematic, simply try using higher rep-ranges.

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on November 11, 2012
at 03:46 PM

Here's a great article by John Wellbourne about mixing and matching programs. It's more focused on strength programs, but the same applies to nutrition program. Don't try to mix and match - pick one and do it right. Then after a couple of months try something else if you're not seeing the results you want.




on November 11, 2012
at 02:42 PM

I think I'm currently experimenting with a similar program. One day a week (so not alternate days), I fast for 24 hours - typically eat breakfast Sunday morning, and don't eat again until Monday morning. Monday morning I do a fasted bodyweight workout, consisting of a few all-out sprints and pull-ups, push-ups, air squats, burpees etc. After my workout, I wait an hour or so and then dig in to a kilo or so of potatoes and a ton of lean protein - usually chicken or turkey.

The rest of the week I eat pretty low carb - probably somewhere within the range of 50-100 per day. I am, however, a pretty slender guy, who used to play collegiate soccer, so my body type calls for a few more starchy carbs every now and then.

So far I like what I see. My aim is to be more cut - hopefully get down to somewhere around 7-8% body fat while maintaining or improving muscle power, and thus far it seems to be working.

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