We've all heard the benefits of intermittent fasting...
... weight loss.
... long-term health.
... mood enhancement.
But when you think about cutting out food for upwards of 12, 16, 18 hours per day, or even 24 hours straight, it can feel extreme or scary.
How will it impact your training? How do you know you're not going to damage your body or health?
And more importantly, how the heck are you going to get through the day without food?
After reading the questions and comments during a recent Academy Workshop with Dr. Pamela Fergusson, a vegan Registered Dietitian and expert on intermittent fasting, one thing became very clear:
You want to try intermittent fasting, but you don't want to do it alone. You want support, a community, and a little guidance.
And I can't blame you because I'm in the exact same boat.
Which is why we're trying something new inside the No Meat Athlete...
A 30-day intermittent fasting challenge, by Dr. Fergusson, so we can all start an intermittent fasting routine together and feel comfortable knowing we will be healthy for the long term.
And we want you to be part of it.
Dr. Pamela Fergusson is a plant-based Registered Dietitian with a PhD in nutrition.
For well over 15 years, she has been helping people improve their lives through nutrition and food, and as a plant-based athlete herself, she knows firsthand the importance of fueling for your training and recovery.
Dr. Fergusson has used intermittent fasting as a tool for her own health and worked with countless clients as they transform their lives through this tool.
We've been working with Dr. Fergusson on various projects at No Meat Athlete for the past several years and we've seen that her support, compassion, and knowledge make her the perfect person to host a challenge like this for our community.
How the 30-Day Intermittent Fasting Challenge Works
The idea is simple:
We're more successful together.
Holding each other accountable. Asking questions. Swapping stories.
Here's a look at what you can expect with the challenge:
We've compiled all the background information you need to both start intermittent fasting, and make sure you're doing it in a safe, healthy way. After joining the Challenge you'll gain access to:
Then, with this information, we all start together on March 1st.
While the background information is crucial, this is where I think the Challenge really starts to shine.
When you join the Challenge, you'll gain access to a private Facebook community where we'll post regular updates and check-ins and provide a platform for you to connect with others and ask questions.
As a community, we'll hold each other accountable, check in with each other when things get tough, and celebrate everyone's successes.
Dr. Fergusson will be monitoring the Facebook group and inbox to see exactly what everyone is concerned with, struggling to maintain, or confused about. She'll then take the most common questions each week and address them in weekly videos for you to watch whenever you're ready.
In these videos she'll also share tips and tricks to ensure you're prepared and ready to make this successful.
While intermittent fasting is primarily focused on the non-eating hours, what and how you fuel your body, workouts, and life during the eating periods is just as important!
Dr. Fergusson has compiled twelve "breaking fast" recipes for you to use throughout the Challenge, plus a few sample plans for how to maximize the eating hours and eat nutritious, plant-based meals that will keep your energy high throughout the day.
While the private community and weekly videos will keep you accountable and inspired, you may still have questions directly for Dr. Fergusson. To make sure you get everything answered, Dr. Fergusson will host a second live webinar mid-way through the Challenge, just for those participating.
This will be another opportunity to speak directly to her and ask questions and follow-up questions.
Try the No Meat Athlete Academy for Free and Get Access to the 30-Day Challenge
The 30-Day Intermittent Fasting Challenge is only available to NMA Academy Members, but you can enroll today absolutely free with a 14-Day trial.
Here's what you'll get instant access to when you join today:
After your trial is complete, you'll automatically become a full member, with access to everything above and all new content for just $14.50 per month.
And if you get 14 days in and no longer wish to remain a member? No problem! You can cancel anytime within the dashboard or by emailing us directly.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to be an Academy Member to join the 30-Day Challenge?
Yes, the Challenge is one of the many perks of being an Academy Member. But the great news is that you can join now, absolutely free, and give it a 14-day test run. You'll get full access to not just the Challenge during those 14 days, but everything else inside the Academy including the modules, workshops, recipes, and more.
And if you reach the end of your trial and no longer wish to remain a member, no problem. Just shoot us an email and we'll cancel your membership. You'll even leave with a bunch of tools and inspiration to finish out the trial on your own.
How do the modules work?
Each of the 14 Academy modules is a stand-alone program (sold separately for $27 each). They explore everything you need to know about that particular subject — meal planning, running your first half marathon, or body transformation, for example. While many have a recommended time structure, you can follow them at your own pace, advancing to a new module whenever you're ready.
What are the four Academy tracks?
The Academy is divided into four main sections: Plant-Based Nutrition, Endurance, Strength and Muscle, and Lifestyle. Each of these four tracks progresses with each module. For example, the Plant-Based Nutrition track starts with a Go-Vegan Challenge, then builds with staple meal plans and programs for fueling your entire family.
You can start wherever you are right now, so even if you're more advanced than the first module in a particular track, you're able to find the program that works best for you without missing any information.
What are the Workshops, and how do I attend?
As an Academy member you'll gain instant access to more than two dozen Workshops, or interviews with experts on a specific subject like weight-loss, intermittent fasting, or habit change.
You'll also be able to attend new live Workshops added regularly, and have the opportunity to ask questions directly to the expert.
How does the 14-day free trial work?
With a program like this, it's often helpful to get a peak inside before committing. That's why we're extending a 14-day Academy trial. We're certain you'll find it just as incredibly helpful as our hundreds of other current members do and decide to stay onboard (and remain a part of the Pulse community, too). But if you don't, no worries. Just cancel within the first 14 days and you'll never be charged.
We'll even send you an email a few days ahead of your renewal date, just so you don't forget that it's coming up.
After your trial is complete, you'll automatically become a full member, with access to the full program and all new content for just $14.50 per month.
Can I cancel my membership anytime?
There's a cancellation link directly inside the Academy you can use anytime, or you can email us at [email protected] and we'll take care of you right away.