I decided to try intermittent fasting because I was bored with my current routine and since I had been doing the same thing for so long I believe it lost most of its effectiveness. That’s how the body works. It adapts to a certain routine and the results that you once enjoyed are no longer there. That’s how it worked for me.
I played with the idea of intermittent fasting in the past but fear stopped me. What is intermittent fasting? It’s a style of eating where you have a “feeding window” and a “fasting window”. In other words, you choose a certain length of time that you are allowed to eat and then when that time is up, you simply stop eating until the feeding window comes around again. The typical feeding/fasting split is 8 hours of eating and 16 hours of fasting but there are several different versions of intermittent fasting that may work for you.
The feeding schedule is what tripped me up initially. I thought, how could I go without food for 16 whole hours? That’s a big number but once I thought about it – most of those hours are spent sleeping so what was the big deal really? So I decided to try it for five days to see how my body would respond.
According to the research, intermittent fasting is effective for people who are looking to shed fat. Our bodies burn fat when our insulin levels are low. Our insulin levels are lowest when our bodies are in a fasted or post absorptive state. Now, 8-12 hours after your last meal your body is digesting and absorbing but after that it is in a fasted state and it looks to your fat stores as an energy source. The result is an increased amount of fat loss.
I chose my feeding window to be either from 10:00a-6:00p or 11:00a-7:00p depending on my schedule. I thought it would be really difficult to just stop eating at 6:00 pm. But it wasn’t. One thing I know about myself is that most of the time when I eat in the evenings it is out of boredom not hunger.
I was also concerned about getting in all my calories in an 8-hour window. The truth is, sometimes I did and sometimes I didn’t. I actually stopped worrying about it. Eating became less stressful and one less thing for me to think about during the day because I know what time the cutoff is and that’s that. Intermittent fasting requires self-discipline.
I never feel hungry or deprived and the greatest part is that this is not a diet it is simply a different way of scheduling my meals. When I get up in the morning I have a cup of coffee and then I wait until 10:00 and break my fast (breakfast). The schedule looks like this:
7:00a wake up and have coffee
10:00a – 6:00p eat
6:00p – 6:00a – body is absorbing and digesting food
6:00a-10:00a – body is in a fasted state and burning fat for energy
I make my coffee at home and it has minimal calories and is permissible as well as water. I'm finding myself drinking even more water during the fasting hours which is a bonus in and of itself. I like the idea that my digestive system is getting a break for a significant period of time.
I did experience significant weight loss (according to the scale) in only 5 days but I’ll be the first to say that that was more than likely water weight and I should wait at least 6-8 weeks before I experience “true” results.
Intermittent fasting may not be for everyone and I certainly didn’t think it was for me but after trying it and seeing how simple it was to change my eating routine I can’t see any reason not to continue.
If you have any questions about my experience with intermittent fasting please feel free to drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment on this blog post.