"Intermittent Fasting is an eating disorder."
I admit, I said this. What I meant by it was this.
Intermittent fasting, when used by those predisposed to having an eating disorder, could spiral into one. On video I even went on to elaborate about my stance. But yes, I still said these six words.
Rather than deny it, delete my videos, and get an "I LOVE INTERMITTENT FASTING" T-Shirt, all I can say is, "I own my words."
As time went on and empirical, first-hand testimonials and reviews rolled in, I read up on this eating approach. That's right, this isn't a diet. Intermittent fasting works with ANY style of eating, from keto to vegan.
It is a method of timing meals where you have a period of fasting and a period of eating. The results go well beyond caloric restriction, since if you only eat for eight hours a day that is WAYYYY less time to mess up your diet, and it is even beneficial for mental health.
According to research conducted by neuroscientist Mark Mattson, cutting your energy intake by fasting several days a week might help your brain ward off neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's while at the same time improving memory and mood. 
I decided to design an intermittent fasting diet that would work for me and fit my supplement and performance beliefs.
You might ask why I waited to write this, instead of writing it before trying it so you can do it alongside me. I wanted to try it and refine it, and let me tell you, I am LOVING this so far.
My energy and mental performance are at an all-time high and I feel amazing. In the gym, I am crushing weights like I never have before. I don't even want to leave the gym and this is training fasted with the exception of my morning dose of Ambrosia Ritual AM.
I get plenty of intense pumps in the gym and even have boundless energy throughout the day. So what is this optimal intermittent fasting plan?
Marc Lobliner's intermittent fasting experiment.
In this video I explain the benefits of intermittent fasting. They include weight reduction, visceral fat reduction, and lowered risk of development of coronary heart disease. I also cover everything you need to know about this eating lifestyle.
Most sources recommend a 16:8 fasting/feed split. For me, that means eating from 2pm-10pm and fasting from 10pm-2pm. Most of the fast is your sleep, so essentially you're skipping breakfast and having a late lunch.
Pretty simple when you think about it.
The plan I put together was based on the research I reviewed as well as what I feel will make intermittent fasting better.
I will describe why I do what I do, and while I will not list all of the supplements I take (I own multiple supplement companies, that would be a long list!), I will list what I feel will help you the most on this diet.
My schedule might be different than yours, so feel free to adjust. And as for training within your fast or within your feed, that's all preference. I am loving fasted training - my energy and strength are UP dramatically and it is all enhanced by including Clash and Vasky pre-workout.
Here is the plan!
Note: You are in a fasted state! Ritual AM will keep you from losing muscle and wake your brain up with the ketones for energy. The lack of insulin will allow the Yohimbine HCl to help liberate fat from trouble areas. Learn more about yohimbine here.
7am: Machine Greens + Multi and Nektar PLUS you may take your morning supplements here
Throughout day: Drink water and a lot of it! Also, coffee is fine but NO Splenda packets and here is why.
If you train in the fed state, just time the meals how you like around training! If you train then break the fast immediately afterwards, have a post-workout shake such as MTS Whey and MTS Carb 10 then start the feed. If training fasted, have the BCAA protocol within the fasted period.
The timing is dependent on you. The bottom line is eat your last meal before bed, sleep, then go 16 total hours fasted. If you train during the fasted period, add this to your intake:
The above program is based on my schedule. Adjust it to fit YOUR lifestyle.
I have made amazing progress without intermittent fasting. Heck I even won a bodybuilding pro card! But the benefits of intermittent fasting are too much to ignore.
Is this the only way to diet and be healthy? Absolutely not. But if you're open minded, give it a try. It just might be the eating method that yields the best results for you!
Marc is currently Chief Marketing Officer of TigerFitness.com, a 2012/2013/2014 INC. 500/5000 company as well as Owner/CEO of two of the fastest growing supplement companies, EthiTech Nutrition and MTS Nutrition.
* Tiger Fitness does not imply any medical advice in this article. There are no guarantees of specific results and results may vary. Please consult your family Dr. before starting any diet or training program.