By combining the high intensity physical training of Muay Thai Kickboxing with intermittent fasting, you can easily shed up to 25 lbs. of body fat in a month. Not to mention, you’ll be more ripped, clear-headed, and sharper than you ever thought possible.
Incorporating Intermittent fasting into my early morning Muay Thai Kickboxing sessions has become my rapid route for optimal fat loss in the shortest amount of time. Since introducing intermittent fasting into my diet regimen, I’ve been able to keep my body fat % under 9% for good, in combination with my Muay Thai Kickboxing routine. That’s right…if there is one simple thing that has shaped my body and has allowed me to forget about fad dieting, it’s this one strategy. Intermittent fasting…working long periods of fasting (no food) into your life as a routine. The benefit of this technique, especially as a Muay Thai fighter is that body fat just seems to come straight off. More importantly, it keeps your insulin and hormone levels regulated, stabilizing your body weight at a lower homeostatic point, even if you do happen to enjoy a cheat day every now and then.
- Intermittent fasting – Making body fat your servant not your slave
- Get in touch with that primal animal – Let your body be stimulated to generate more Human Growth Hormone(HGH) naturally
- Killing fat cells from both ends – Optimize fat burn even further
Making body fat your servant not your slave – Dieting the easy way
- Eat 2-3 meals a day in a 12 hour window (for the next 12 hours, fast and don’t eat and drink plenty of fluids)
- Don’t snack
Long periods without food lead to a chiseled six pack abs, slimmed down face, and the look of a spartan. To be considered a fast, you need to abstain for >12 hours with no food. Removing the constant supply of calories allows the body to finally begin burning away body fat.
When I was going at fat burn and dropped to my lowest weight, I worked intermittent fasting into my daily routine simply by changing up when I was eating during the day. I’d train Muay Thai Kickboxing first thing in the morning so I wouldn’t have time to think about food.
The easiest way I found to incorporate intermittent fasting is to skip breakfast. I’d eat dinner and wouldn’t eat again until around 12 or 1 PM the next day. Forget about all of the non-sense out there suggesting you eat six small meals a day spread out over the course of 3 hour increments. It’s this sort of grazing throughout the day that gets people fat. Six small meals…six chances to make the wrong decision to eat crap. When your stuck in a cubicle or whatever modern day work setting you are at, It’s too damn difficult to make sure you stay on track. And whether you’re Muay Thai Kickboxing as a hobbyist or a fighter, no one likes extra weight.
As humans, we’ve evolved from a culture of homo sapiens that were used to the feast and famine. Hunters would go long periods of time tracking their prey, until they made their kill. If they didn’t catch, they didn’t eat. In today’s era, the only thing we hunt for are quarters to feed the vending machine. From an evolutionary perspective, our bodies are more adjusted to long periods of ‘fasting’ than constantly snacking on food. Just ask yourself this…do you want the body of a hunter, a predator… or one of the modern coach potato.
Rev your Muay Thai Kickboxing sessions with naturally higher HGH
Researchers at the University of Virginia Medical School had six perfectly healthy male subjects, ranging from 21 years to 36 year old, who accepted to go on a fasting period of five days. During those 5 days the researchers closely monitored growth hormone levels of their subjects.
What they discovered was just incredible. HGH levels peaked to as high as 2000% from the baseline right at the 24 hour mark of the first day.
That’s right! Fasting stimulates the body to generate more Human Growth Hormone naturally…you know the stuff that all these pro athletes are getting busted for nowadays. What this means is that it will turn you into an aggressive, stronger, more potent version of yourself.
If you think about it, it makes sense. Back in the day, food wasn’t readily available, and our ancestors needed to gear up to hunt or face death from starvation. With food so readily available, the average person never taps into this primal resource to stimulate their body to inject natural steroids into their bloodstream. Implement this strategy now and you can thank me later, when you’ve transformed yourself into a beast.
Killing fat cells from both ends
To optimize fat burn even further, add high intensity interval training (HIIT) (i.e. – Muay Thai / kickboxing) in in the mornings. The best time to do this is first thing in the morning, when testosterone levels are naturally higher. Higher testosterone levels maximizes the body’s ability to unload during training while in restricted calorie mode. Rip away with multiple kicks and skip knees on a punching bag to shred away at unwanted chub.
What to Eat?
With this protocol, as long as you aren’t eating 5,000 calories and having Cinnabon for meals, your body fat % will coming crashing down, FAST. Generally, you want to eat REAL food…you know..stuff that grows out of the earth, or something that has been killed. The less processed the better. Here is a simple protocol to follow
Mid Day 1st Meal
- Protein – 5 organic eggs prepared anyway / Organic Dark Meat Chicken / Grass-Fed Steak / Pastured Pork Chops
- Vegetables – Grass-Fed Butter with Broccoli, Spinach
- Carbohydrates – Legumes (beans), brown rice, rice noodles
Whatever you decide upon, just make sure it’s unprocessed, real food. Eat to your heart’s content, just make sure when you hit that 12 hour period, that’s it….time to burn that fuel, and let your body release octane (HGH) back into the bloodstream. Our ancestor’s did it…and by all means, they were tougher, stronger, and faster than the average Joe nowadays….unless average is what you really want to be. Whether you plan to fight or train as a hobbyist, the physical demands of Muay Thai Kickboxing will shred your body into a ripped lean, fighting machine. Combined with intermittent fasting, there’s no better combination for dropping weight and keeping it off, bar none.
Below is a summary of the benefits of intermittent fasting, posted by Dr. Mercola, a leading expert on diet, fitness and longevity. You can visit his website here for more information on this technique and other health related concerns. If you have a question about health, chances are he has your answer! Note that while he indicates starting the fast pretty early on in the day, it’s probably okay if you’re last meal is a little later granted the high-intensity nature of Muay Thai Kickboxing.
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