Kinobody Intermittent Fasting For Ultimate Fat Loss
The Kinobody intermittent fasting principle is supposed to maximize your fat loss without hindering muscle gain or causing cravings. It is not a diet plan or program, but rather a pattern. The question is: does it really hold up to it’s claims?
What Is Intermittent Fasting?
Apart from being the new buzzword in fitness and wellness, intermittent fasting is simply a principle.
Every diet cycles between eating and non-eating periods.
You can’t consume food during the night so this is your non-eating (a.k.a. fasting) period.
The commonly accepted truth in nutrition science is that calorie intake should be spread out during the day. Ever since you were little, you were told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, that skipping meals was a surefire way to get an eating disorder, and that 5-6 small meals a day would be the perfect way for you to get your energy.
We have plenty of reasons to think that spreading out the calories is not a great strategy.
If we look at how our ancestors lived, it made little sense to them to be eating 3+ meals per day. This would be impossible in the pre-agriculture era. Hunter-gatherers would often go for days without eating and then feast when they have a big catch. Because their environment did not allow for frequent meals, our ancestors evolved to be extremely efficient at energy storage.
Fast forward to today, we have plenty of food available at all times. We could eat all the time if we wanted to. But this is a very recent thing for human beings. Our bodies are still adapted to the hunter-gatherer lifestyle.
Of course, today we live for much longer than hunter-gatherers.
However, this is not necessarily related to our diet. Modern medicine, living in more sanitary conditions, and not being in immediate danger of being killed while hunting for our food come to mind. The fact remains that although we can cure disease better, we are still basically the same beings as our paleolithic ancestors.
How Frequent Meals Are Killing You
Ask anybody in the medical field and they will tell you that obesity is the single most important health issue of our time.
The majority of Americans are overweight, and Europe is not far behind. While starvation is still a problem in many parts of the world—much more people die from diseases caused by obesity. This is where fat loss comes into play.
When you eat a sugary snack your digestive system breaks it down into glucose. All carbohydrates contain glucose. They are not alike because complex carbs take longer to break down thus keeping you fuelled for longer. Anyhow, once we have it down to glucose it enters the bloodstream. All of your cells feed off of glucose and your body aims to distribute it as efficiently as possible. The pancreas secretes insulin. The cells can detect the insulin with their receptors and it makes them take glucose from the bloodstream.
Once the glucose enters your cell it can be converted to ATP and used for energy. This process can only happen at a certain speed. If the cell can’t process any more glucose it ‘closes’ the gates that insulin opened. If you keep eating some sugar gets stored in your liver and some goes to the skeletal muscles.
Any excess will be converted to fat.
How Fat Is Formed (And Why It Sticks)
When all of the body’s cells have refused to take in more glucose and the liver and muscles can’t store anymore either, glucose stays in the blood. Your body doesn’t want it there because excess glucose can damage tissue. It secretes more insulin but remember that most cells are already out of capacity for using more glucose. They have become insulin resistant. Only your fat cells remain open to more glucose, they take it in and convert it to fat.
While this happens, your insulin levels are pretty high. And high insulin means that you can’t burn off fat. And so if you exercise or just go a few hours without a meal, you will deplete your energy resources but you will not be able to use fat. You feel hungry because you are left without an energy source. So you eat another meal and your blood sugar goes up and the entire cycle repeats.
There is not much room for the fat loss here, right? Right.
Your blood sugar constantly goes up and down and you can’t use up fat.
It is difficult to lean down, and your body starts to become immune to insulin. This is called insulin resistance and it is a risk factor for diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and much more.
Intermittent Fasting Vs. Traditional Diet
Unlike the traditional diet, intermittent fasting forces your body to deplete its’ glucose stores completely before feeding it again. Not only that, but it forces you into ketosis mode.
Ketosis is a fancy word for ‘using fat for energy’.
Many avid intermittent fasters would go as far as to claim that ketosis is somehow superior to using carbs to get energy. Unfortunately, this is not true at all.
Ketone bodies that are produced from fat are more acidic than your blood. Acidosis is a condition in which your pH is lower than it should be. It comes with plenty of health risks and it is harmful both short and long term.
Fasting is, however, extremely useful for fat loss and weight maintenance. On a Kinobody intermittent fasting regimen, you will be fasting for 16 hours and eating in the 8-hour window that is left. You are allowed to drink coffee when fasted. In fact, Greg encourages you to.
The One Huge Downfall of the Kinobody Intermittent Fasting Program
It has some wonderful health benefits — increased alertness, it is an antioxidant, it can speed up metabolism and fat loss etc. However, black coffee on an empty stomach can be brutal for some people. Keep that in mind.
If the first thing to enter your empty, post 8+ hour fast stomach is black coffee, this will increase the production of hydrochloric acid. You need hydrochloric acid in your stomach but having too much can cause gastritis (inflammation of the stomach) and further complications.
Greg advises you to do 2-3 cups of black coffee before your workout to boost fat loss even more and to prevent tiredness. Drinking that much coffee before exercise can dehydrate you a lot. Not only is coffee a diuretic (thus causing water loss) but you will be already slightly dehydrated because you don’t exactly drink water while you sleep. So on top of the very probable complication for your stomach, you will out your entire body in stress due to the dehydration.
The first few days of intermittent fasting are tough and you will feel a lack of energy. Coffee is not the answer for everybody though. Stick with the program and pretty soon you will notice that you actually have much more energy than before.
And Yet Another Warning
I honestly don’t mean to hate on the Kinobody programs.
I realize they are mostly marketed and geared towards men. The traditional Kinobody intermittent fasting plan is great for men (minus the coffee) but it is a whole different story for women. Because the female body is more sensitive to calorie restriction, doing intermittent fasting at a 16 to 8-hour ratio can really throw off a girl’s hormones.
Ghrelin and leptin levels, in particular, the hormones responsible for hunger might rise and hinder the fat loss. The hormone imbalance could even cause problems with a woman’s reproductive organs, mood, skin, and muscle growth.
The hormone imbalance could even cause problems with a woman’s reproductive organs, mood, skin, and muscle growth. The conventional wisdom is for women to do intermittent fasting only on some days or with a shorter fasting period.
Greg says it himself, too.
So Is Intermittent Fasting Any Good?
In spite of the last few paragraphs, yes, it is very, very good.
We have plenty of biochemical and evolutionary knowledge and understanding of the processes that make intermittent fasting efficient. Research shows it boosts fat loss, improves performance, and increases your energy.
Greg has a very solid system that will allow you to reap all of the benefits of this diet pattern. Still, I would always double check things I do that influence my body. Follow his guidelines to get results but be flexible about what you believe in. Don’t be afraid to make any adjustments based on your own research and experience.
Your body, your responsibility.
If your main goal is to lose fat, I recommend the Kinobody Aggressive Fat Loss program. It gives you very fast results that actually last plus it isn’t hard to fit into your schedule. You can read the official Biology Boost review about it here.