Recently, I started Intermittent Fasting. It all started when my Mom’s cousin told us he’s been doing it for 9 months at Thanksgiving. He raved about the increased focus and clarity, the weight loss and the fact that it’s easy and doesn’t feel like a diet.
I decided to try it. I mean, why not! The concept was simple enough– eat within an 8 hour window and then fast for the remaining 16 hours (including sleep). I eat from 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm. During the fasted period you can drink black coffee, unsweetened tea and water. You don’t have to intermittent fast every day– I do it during the week and then I don’t follow as much on the weekend.
Basically, Intermittent Fasting works by allowing your body to use energy from your fat stores as opposed to always relying on the food you put in. For example, if you are eating multiple, smaller meals every day you are not giving your body a chance to use your own fat stores for energy because it’s always digesting the new food you’re consuming. The extended fasting period allows your body to tap into your fat stores instead. It also works because you will essentially be consuming less calories by default (I skip breakfast every day and I no longer snack). I eat two larger meals that are decently healthy per day.
Intermittent Fasting is supposed to help regulate blood sugar as well. Since you have a longer period of time where you are not eating and you are not eating as frequently, your blood sugar has less opportunities to spike.
To be honest, this is the easiest “diet” I’ve ever done. I don’t feel like I’m starving myself and naturally found myself making healthier choices because I didn’t want to put myself out of the fasting mode. I used to drink a Mountain Dew (yes, I know, BAD!) every single morning. Now, I just drink black coffee because Mountain Dew will put my body out of the fast and it will stop burning fat for energy. I also stopped snacking because I preferred to eat my calories during my meals– which also made my meals larger and more satisfying.
As an added bonus, my *ahem* bowel movements were ON POINT! I’ve struggled with IBS my entire life and while I’m sticking to Intermittent Fasting, I am very regular. I also drank more water while fasting because it just gave me the motivation to make healthier choices.
All in all, I’ve been sticking to Intermittent Fasting for a while now. I stick with it most days and the days I fall off I don’t kill myself. I just go for it the next day. I feel a lot better, and combined with moderate healthy eating (I say moderate because I refuse to give up the foods I love… and that’s okay!) I’ve lost some weight. I say that if you’re thinking about trying it, go for it! If you do try it (or are currently fasting) let me know how you like it in the comments below!
All opinions shared are entirely based off my own experience. I am not a doctor nor a healthcare or nutrition expert and do not claim to be. Please check with your doctor before making any changes to your diet.