A lot of you guys know through Instagram Stories that for the last 5 months I’ve been doing intermittent fasting 5 days a week, Monday to Friday.
We’ve had so many experts come on the podcast & the blog & rave about intermittent fasting, so I decided to take matters into my own hands, try it myself & see how I responded to it.
This is just MY EXPERIENCE. Obviously consult your doctor if you’re thinking of starting intermittent fasting & do your own research. I don’t think intermittent fasting is for everyone. I think you should talk to a doctor before you start it. It can be very triggering for someone who has experienced an eating disorder. It can re-ignite former disorders & kick start new ones in some people so I really mean it when I say this is not blanketed advice for everyone.
A lot of you guys are asking me questions about it, but I didn’t want to talk about it until I actually tried it on myself for at least 4 months. So here we are.
Added energy! Better digestion! Weight loss! Improved concentration! Increased fat burning!
If you’re new to intermittent fasting, this is what it is: ( source )
Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern where you cycle between periods of eating and fasting.
It does not say anything about which foods to eat, but rather when you should eat them.
There are several different intermittent fasting methods, all of which split the day or week into eating periods and fasting periods.
Most people already “fast” every day, while they sleep. Intermittent fasting can be as simple as extending that fast a little longer.
You can do this by skipping breakfast, eating your first meal at noon and your last meal at 8 pm.
Then you’re technically fasting for 16 hours every day, and restricting your eating to an 8-hour eating window. This is the most popular form of intermittent fasting, known as the 16/8 method.
Despite what you may think, intermittent fasting is actually fairly easy to do. Many people report feeling better and having more energy during a fast.
There are lots of different ways to do intermittent fasting, but the 3 most popular are:
The 16/8 Method: Fast for 16 hours each day, for example by only eating between noon and 8pm.
Eat-Stop-Eat: Once or twice a week, don’t eat anything from dinner one day, until dinner the next day (a 24 hour fast).
The 5:2 Diet: During 2 days of the week, eat only about 500–600 calories.
I like to do the 16/8 method. This means that I eat for 8 hours, then I fast for 16 hours. I’m a later eater because of my job, so I usually stop eating around 8, 9 or 10:00 ( we don’t want 10:00 but sometimes it happens ). Then, I wait 16 hours to eat again.
This may sound drastic & weird, but it’s actually been calming. You don’t need to wake up & worry about breakfast & I think it’s lowered my cortisol because I don’t need to think about food until lunchtime.
Having all this food all the time wasn’t giving my digestion system a break. I’ve noticed a huge increase in my energy. I have way more clarity when I’m fasting too.
Drinking tons of tea during the fasting hours really helps & I also love coffee with unsweetened almond milk & inulin fiber. It keeps me feeling full & like I’m still enjoying something nice in the morning. I add cinnamon & nutmeg & like to make it a whole thing. Some people like to do a Bulletproof coffee because it has healthy fat in it.
A lot of people say that you shouldn’t have almond milk during your fast but that’s just not something I’m willing to give up. I need almond milk in my coffee. Again, you need to tailor this to what works for you.
I also like doing my workout while I’m fasting – you burn more fat.
I prefer to break the fast around 12:00 or 1:00 with a green smoothie or huge salad or bone broth. I really try to break the fast with something that’s nutritious. Then, I go about eating throughout the day how I want to eat. I don’t deprive myself in that 8-hour window.
♡ improved mental clarity
♡ weight & body fat loss
♡ lowered blood insulin
♡ increased energy
♡ increased growth hormone
♡ improved fat burning
♡ lower blood cholesterol
As mentioned above, there are a lot of different options where you can fast for different hours & pick your window. AND It’s important to understand the difference between starvation & fasting…
Starvation is when there’s an involuntary absence of food.
Fasting is volunteering to withhold from food.
I also find I sleep much better when I fast. I notice I’m in bed at 10 & ready to hop out of bed at 7am. This is a big deal because I used to go to bed at like 2am.
Wrapping up: so far, I would recommend intermittent fasting, but you should talk to a professional before going about starting it. Be your own guru, do research, & look around.
I interviewed multiple people, listened to podcasts, read books, scoured the internet & really became my own wellness guru when it came to this. THEN I tried it. It’s hard to give blanketed advice on this, I just wanted to updated you guys on how I feel about it & how it’s affected my life.
For now, I’m going to keep doing it, but I don’t think it’s something I can do forever.
Would love to hear any of your experiences with intermittent fasting & what you guys think of it.
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