There may be many readers who are only familiar with one or the other. They both have a unique style that has a huge impact on fat loss and proper health. On the surface, only one of them is considered a “diet,” but even that term is used very loosely. I am very familiar with both when it comes to fat loss and general health benefits, so it will be appropriate to give a general overview of both. I truly believe that if you bridge the gap and combine these two styles, you can produce some pretty amazing fat loss results. Let’s start!
Fasting to lose fat is extremely effective
The idea of fasting in a diet plan tends to get very negative comments within the fitness culture. Many companies and trainers have us believe that if you don’t eat every few hours, your metabolism will slow down or cause our bodies to go into “starvation mode.” Before continuing, we must set up that “slowing down the metabolism” perhaps one of the biggest myths in the entire fitness industry. The metabolism decreases with chronic low-calorie intakes that last for weeks. This does not happen when fasting is done a couple of times a week. Here is a simple outline of how intermittent fasting is implemented in a person’s schedule. I’ll explain how you can adjust this to your liking later.
1. Eat normally until dinner (2-4 meals, not 6-8)
2. Eat your dinner but stop eating after that.
3. Fast until dinner the next day. (No calorie consumption)
4. For that meal, just eat a normal-size dinner.
In this approach, you are still fasting for a 24-hour period, but you are still eating every day. This is typically done 1-2 times a week. If you need to lose a lot of weight before a vacation or a meeting, you can fast 3 times a week. I would only recommend this for a few weeks.
What you learn about yourself during the fast
When fasting, you will want to take note of any changes in the way you eat. Once you have completed a 24-hour fast several times, the reasons for what, when, and why you eat may be revealed to you. Many of the reasons we eat are due to emotional connections or pure habit and not actual hunger itself. Sometimes we are so conditioned to eat at certain times that we consume a meal when we are not hungry.
Intermittent fasting is a lifestyle and not a diet
The reason it is not considered a “diet” is because it does not restrict you to certain foods, recipes, combinations, instructions, or charts to follow to lose weight. It frees you from compulsive clothing-eating obsession and allows you variety. Rather than avoiding a particular food entirely because someone told you to, adding a variety of foods will actually prevent you from overeating any type of “bad” food. Now that we’ve established this area of fat loss, let’s move on to a deeper topic when it comes to diet and health.
What is the phase one diet, also known as The Fungus Link?
Doug Kaufmann is the mastermind behind the idea that fungi and yeast contribute to poor health and weight loss failures. He has researched and documented how fungi produce poisonous substances called “mycotoxins” that cause many health problems. It addresses the problem by addressing the areas where fungi and yeast can enter the body, but it also provides the solution to starve the fungus to reverse the symptoms of so many health problems in America. You have found that mushrooms, like people, crave specific carbohydrates. Knowing that mushrooms must have carbohydrates to thrive within the body makes using the Phase 1 Diet understandable.
So what is allowed on the Phase 1 diet?
This is the only “diet” that I would recommend that actually restricts certain types of foods, but for a specific reason. Exclusion of certain foods is done momentarily to starve yourself and kill the fungus, as well as exposing the root of your food cravings. Uncontrolled food cravings can be detrimental to your health, as well as the extra pounds on your belly, thighs, hips, whatever. Mushroom overgrowth may, in fact, be the root failure of weight loss. While you they are addicted to certain foods you will continue to eat and eat without thinking. Many people find that their health rises to a level where they cannot believe how good they feel. A big reason for this is due to specific food choices that starve you and prevent fungal overgrowth. Many people live better thanks to this innovative approach to eating. Here is a brief summary of the food options that are acceptable on the Phase 1 diet.
Example of acceptable foods for the phase 1 diet
2) FRUITS: Berries, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Green Apples, Avocado, Fresh Coconut
3) MEAT: Virtually all meats, including fish, poultry, and beef
4) VEGETABLES: Fresh, spotless vegetables and freshly made vegetable juice.
5) DRINKS: Bottled or filtered water, non-fruity herbal teas, fresh lemonade sweetened with stevia, freshly squeezed carrot juice.
6) VINEGAR: apple cider vinegar
7) OILS: olive, grape, flax seed, cold-pressed virgin coconut oil
8) NUTS: raw nuts, including walnuts, almonds, walnuts, cashews, and pumpkin seeds. Walnuts in storage tend to build up mold, so be careful!
9) SWEETENERS: Stevia, Xylitol
10) DAIRY: Organic butter, organic yogurt, (use the following very sparingly) cream cheese, unsweetened whipped cream, true sour cream.
Note: Again, these food options are only allowed during the beginning of the diet. After a while, you are allowed to introduce more and more varieties of food, but only after the fungal overgrowth has been fixed. There are a couple of phases that it has built so you don’t have a clue of what to do next. Remember, restricting certain foods is only for a short period of time. I really believe that if you start this diet together with Intermittent fasting will take all the guesswork out of fat loss. Losing weight is nothing more than burning more calories than you consume. Intermittent fasting creates a huge calorie deficit, while the phase 1 diet breaks food addictions that make people overweight and succumb to health problems caused by fungi.