I remember the history of intermittent fasting as starting back in 1999, the early days of the Internet. A gentleman by the name of Ori Hofmekler came out with a method of eating he termed The Warrior Diet.
The article was published on a site called T-Nation and quickly created a buzz in the fitness community.
In 2002 Ori released The Warrior Diet.
As far as I know, The Warrior Diet was the first mainstream book written on the subject of intermittent fasting.
The Warrior Diet was based on the idea of fasting until dinner each night and eating one large meal. Ori did allow for a few light snacks of fruit early in the day, but the idea was to avoid that if possible.
The idea was that hunter and gatherers, stayed active during the day with little food. This kept energy levels high while the body used stored body fat for fuel. The biggest meal would be eaten at night, which would allow for winding down and relaxing.
In 2006 Brad Pilon released Eat Stop Eat.
Eat Stop Eat was a summary of Brad’s master’s thesis, which was was on the subject of intermittent fasting.
The idea behind Eat Stop Eat is to fast until dinner 1-2 times per week. Instead of eating a massive meal at dinner, the goal is to eat a more moderate dinner of 800-1,000 calories.
Because the calories consumed these two days are much lower than a normal day of eating, it is an easy way to create a deficit and lose weight. Also, since this is only done 1-2 times per week, it is easier to follow while socializing with family and friends.
In 2007, Martin Berhkan launched Lean Gains.
Martin Berkhan is the guy who many mistakenly believe started the whole movement of intermittent fasting.
Although he wasn’t the first on the scene, he probably made the biggest impact on the internet. Just a couple of years after starting his site, tens of thousands of readers were hitting his site EACH DAY!
Martin’s method of intermittent fasting is to reduce the time eating to a 8 window. You wind up fasting for 16 hours and are allowed to eat in an 8 hour time period.
This is a surprisingly easy diet to follow. If you typically eat your last meal at 7:00 PM, for instance, you can eat your first meal at 11:00 AM.
The 16 hours of fasting work well at digging into stored body fat. The 8 hours eating window also allows you to have a life and socialize with friends and family.
From 2007-Present, Several other people teaching intermittent fasting.
There have been dozens of intermittent fasting variations released the past 5 years or so.
The Paleo and CrossFit communities in particular have come out with their own variations.
Although paleo is becoming extremely popular and trendy, there is a nutrition expert in the Bay Area who doesn’t buy into eliminating carbs from the diet.
His name is Nate Miyaki, and he is releasing the next big variation on intermittent fasting.
In 2015, Nate Miyaki releases a brand new innovative approach to intermittent fasting: The Half Day Diet.
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