Today I’m going to share with you about My Intermittent Fasting Experience that I have been doing from sometime in order to lose and maintain my weight. It’s been 7 months now since I started with Intermittent Fasting and that I have only goodies to mention about it.
“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, NOT!!!!”
What is Intermittent Fasting?
For those of you who don’t know about Intermittent Fasting aka IF it is an eating strategy that carefully regulates the time between your meals to optimize your body for better health.
Whether you’re looking to lose weight or just want more mindfulness about your relationship with food, Intermittent Fasting is definitely something you must try! IF can boost your metabolism and leave you lighter, fitter and possibly less susceptible to disease.
This means that you have to control the time that your body spends in “fed” and “fasted” states in order to push your metabolism to its full potential and burn calories more efficiently than before.
This idea might be a new concept for you, but fasting has been a popular strategy throughout ancient times especially as a religious practice.
So how does one start incorporating Intermittent Fasting?
There are 4 common techniques for Intermittent Fasting:
- 16/8 Method: where you eat for 8 hours a day and then fast for 16 hours.
- Alternate Day Intermittent Fasting: you alternate every day between your regular diet and a fifth of your regular calories (for example: 2,000 and 400).
- 5:2 Diet: You eat like normal for five days a week and restrict to about 500 calories on two non-consecutive days (for instance, a Monday and a Thursday).
- Weekly Intermittent Fasting (Eat-Stop-Eat): You eat like normal for five days a week and cut down to about 500 calories on two non-consecutive days (for instance, a Monday and a Thursday).
You can choose either of the Fasting Methods, counting on what suits your body and your schedule. However, 16/8 Method is one among the foremost popular sorts of Fasting.
How Do I Fast
For me 16:8 style of fasting works best.In this type of fasting you eat for 8 hours in a day(fed state) and then fast for 16 hours (fasted state). The best part about this type of fasting is that you can adjust the timing to whatever best fits your schedule.
I personally follow either 1PM- 9PM or 2-10PM. So this way I fast through the night (mostly while sleeping) and during the early hours of the day. This style of fasting works best if followed every day, but you can adjust your frequency as per your level of comfort.
My Intermittent Fasting Experience
After trying IF for about 7 months now, I started experiencing the following benefits:
Increased Energy and Focus:
On days that I fast, up till 1 PM on most days, I noticed that I get a lot more work done than if I had breakfast when I woke up. Another observation I’ve noticed, is that the habit of fasting each day has significantly improved my discipline in day to day life. Once I built the habit of intermittent fasting, I developed the willpower to start out new habits—eat healthy, work more often, sleep early, reading more and so on.
Makes Life Simpler:
Before starting Intermittent Fasting, I’d spend hours deciding about food, what groceries to buy, when to cook and prepare different meals each day. This tedious routine made me much unmotivated and difficult to stay on my goals.
Now since I am practicing Intermittent Fasting, my life has become a lot simpler. I eat two major meals a day – without obsessing over what to eat.
Better Diet Decisions:
Since I started practicing IF, I noticed that I have a whole new perspective towards food. I feel very thankful and blessed for every meal that I get to eat. Also, since I fast for 16 hours a day and I know I am going to eat only two major meals, I tend to make much smarter and healthier choices. Also, I have been cooking more instead of ordering from outside because I look forward to much more hearty and healthy meals.
I am a sucker for sweets. I used to crave sweets a lot. But after two whole weeks of intermittent fasting, my cravings for sweets went away. I still love a slice of cake or a donut every now and then, but I don’t crave sugar like I used to.
If you want to lose fat as quickly as possible, I’d recommend you to work out during the fasted state. When I work out during my fasted state, it makes me feel more strong, energized and focused. Also, it makes my weight loss more speedy and effective. I’ve lost around 9 Kgs since I started fasting few months ago.
Improved Digestion and Metabolism:
My entire digestive system feels better. I’m less bloated and feel more satisfied after my meals. Also, Intermittent Fasting has definitely boosted my metabolism.
Intermittent Fasting is not a starvation diet. It’s a healthy lifestyle. Intermittent fasting isn’t a diet. It’s a pattern of eating. Or to be more specific, it’s a life-style which can be adapted for a lifetime.
As I mentioned, there are many ways in which you can do intermittent fasting.
The best one for you depends on your goals, and what best works for you and your schedule.
I have been fasting for the health benefits and for the life-style simplicity IF has got to offer. I’m not trying to lose weight currently but I am trying to be on maintenance.
Intermittent Fasting may or maybe not work for you. But I strongly believe that it works for all provided you try for yourself. Intermittent Fasting is a lifestyle change that I strongly recommend because of the many benefits it has provided to me—physically, emotionally and mentally.
By far the most common mistake that forestalls weight loss whilst intermittent fasting, is abandoning it too early. After only a few weeks, we get impatient and lose hope, go back to old bad habits and start procrastinating on healthy good habits again.
But the few who stick to intermittent fasting routine over few months, lose their desired amount of weight, feel healthier, happier and better about themselves.
Hope you find this useful. If you have any questions about my experience, just let me know!
And, if you’ve been experimenting with intermittent fasting, I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below !