Intermittent fasting- top 3 reasons to do it
You’ve heard about Intermittent Fasting, and your curious. But wait…!! Aren’t you supposed to eat breakfast first thing in the morning? That’s what everyone has always said. If that works for you, great! If not, let’s talk ;-)
Give it a try
Intermittent Fasting is the main reason I’ve been able to maintain my size after coming back up to a normal weight. I’ve always been in some space off “on a diet” or “trying to lose weight” or “falling off track.” Intermittent fasting has taken the overthinking away from food and weight and allowed me to eat the foods that nourish me, foods I love without any worry of how its going to effect me. I know what I’m doing is right of my body and I want you to too!
What is Intermittent fasting?
Its a pattern where you cycle between eating periods and fasting periods. There are MANY ways to do it:
16/8- Fasting for 16 hours, eating for 8
eating between 12PM and 8PM
18/6- Fasting for 18 hours, eating for 6
eating between 2PM and 8PM
2-day/ 5-day- Fasting for 24 hours 2 times a week and eating as normal the other 5
more advanced and not recommended for beginners
But won’t I get hungry or cranky or unfocused? If you jump into 18/6, yes you probably will! I recommend starting with 12/12 and working your way towards a normal IF split as your ready. Start eating an hour later every day or two. If when you make it to 16/8 split, and are still hungry or cranky after a week. It might not be for you. But you tried it ;-)
3 Reasons to try intermittent fasting
Intermittent Fasting benefit #1
breaking the constant eating cycle and clarity
Before I tried IF, I ate 5-6 times a day. I ate breakfast at 7AM and ate until I went to bed about midnight. I was ALWAYS hungry, and it was HARD to maintain my weight without will power or lots of planning.
Now, I just start my day. I don’t get hungry until 12PM or 2PM, so I’m not distracted by constant snacking or unfocused because my blood sugar drops. Blood sugar stays constant until you begin eating.
When its time, I have a sizable nourishing meal, and get back to my activities. I actually have more energy and focus towards my daily tasks because I’ve broken the constant eat, break, hungry cycle.
Intermittent Fasting Benefit #2
Adherence and happiness when trying to lose weight or maintain
You won't stick to a diet that’s difficult or dissatisfying forever. And you NEED a new version of your forever.
Without Intermittent Fasting, I have no doubt my weight would have continued rising after I decided to stop competing. I went through a period where I ate whatever I wanted because I was sick and tired of being restricted. Normally, that would lead to continued weight gain. While I did gain some weigh during this period, once I was back to a normal weight, I maintained WITHOUT having to think about it all.
My body found its natural happy place and I don’t think that has EVER happened to me.
Beyond that, I’m really satisfied after every meal. When I was eating lots of small meals after each meal I was still kind of hungry. I’d deal with it, but it’d this nagging reminder that I’d have to eat again soon. It was DISTRACTING and I was in a repeated state of dissatisfaction. The only leads to one thing, ending the diet and going back to whatever I wanted.
Now, I do what I want.
Intermittent Fasting benefit #3
Fat Loss or Maintenance
As I’ve mentioned, I’ve always found it REALLY difficult to maintain my weight without spending 1-2 hours in the gym 5 days a week and being uber conscious of my food choices. It wasn’t fun. I have so much more to think about than my food and body all day, everyday.
Since starting IF, I work out for 1 hour 3-5 days a week and am cognizant of what I’m eating, but I don’t put too much thought into it. I’ve been the same weight (with slight water weight fluctuations due to food sensitivities) for 9 months and I get to EAT.
I incorporate other methods of nutrition (volume eating, eating nutrient dense foods, and lots of water) to make it balance. But this is literally the EASIEST thing I’ve ever done and am so sad it took me so long to get here.