It's Monday, and you know what that means. We have another awesome interview from a great fitness professional. Brad Pilon, intermittent fasting guru and fitness wizard, stopped by the WeightTraining.com offices to answer some questions.
We could go on telling you about how influential Brad has been, but why would we do that when he tells you, the WeightTraining.com Community, some interesting things below. So take a look at our interview, and see what Brad has to say about intermittent fasting, diet / workout logging, and everything else fitness!
Could you please give us a few interesting things about yourself and fitness?
Interesting things? Well I'm a father of two who lives in Canada, I worked in Research and Development for a Sports Supplement company for 6 years prior to leaving to study fasting, and I've just recently gotten into Port. With regards to fitness my goal is to help people use exercise as a tool rather than a lifestyle. I think that a workout, like a diet, should be seen but not heard.
In other words I want to instantly be able to see the results on your body! I want to know that you work out and 'eat right' without having to hear you constantly talk about the new great diet you are one, or how you've changed the reps of your workout. I think diet and exercise are incredibly important parts of anyone's life, but they should never define a person.
What are the 3 Pros of Intermittent Fasting? Any cons?
The three pros are freedom and flexibility (I'm counting that as one), weight loss, and the knowledge that you can take a break every once in a while without your metabolism crashing, losing muscle or turning into a ravenous carb-obsessed zombie.
Cons are that just like any other diet you can become to doctrinaire with fasting - imposing strict rules in all situations regardless of practical considerations. The more flexible you keep it, the more you are simply taking a break from eating as opposed to hard, strict fasting. Another con is that people can use fasting as a way to 'punish' themselves for overeating, which is something I do not condone. Fasting should be positive -small wins towards weight loss, not a way to punish yourself.
If you had to choose 3 exercises to lose weight, what would they be and why?
Walking, T-bar Rows, and Pull-overs. Because exercise selection HAS to be specific. It has to address your own personal needs. I have a large chest, fair sized arms and good shoulders. I'd like to improve the musculature of my back, therefore my exercise selection reflects my current specific needs.
Walking is for rest, recovery and a little bit of extra calorie burn. I let my diet take care of my weight loss, and I use my weight training to direct my body to attain the specific shape I'm aiming for, so the best exercises are the ones that speak to your specific goals. Don't do ANYTHING in the gym without a reason.
What do you think about 1. diet logging and then 2. workout logging?
Logging workouts is an essential part of improving, whether it's gaining muscle or losing weight. Record keeping is important if you are going to progress, and I'm of the school of thought that progression is the key to this whole muscle-building game.
For diet, I think it's a good tool for beginners, or for people who get 'stuck', identifying habits and eating cues being more important to me than tracking calories. I think for most people simply realizing when and why they eat is a HUGE step forward in their weight loss goals.