I started Intermittent Fasting unconsciously almost 2 years ago. I got busy with new business ventures and would leave my house early, forgetting to eat or bring food with me. I started to notice that I was feeling more energized and focused for a longer period of time while working. I also didn’t feel so bloated at the end of the day. I honestly found myself feeling better than ever.
Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern where you cycle between periods of eating and fasting. It is not based on which foods you eat, but rather when you should eat them. 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 window. This is the most popular form of intermittent fasting, known as the 16/8 method.
There are lots of different ways to do IF, but here are the 3 most popular:
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 personally like to do the 16/8 method, which means that I eat for 8 hours, then I fast for 16 hours. In all honesty, I do it so unconsciously that I don’t always pay attention to the timing. Some days, I happen to fast longer than 16 hours, some days I eat 4 meals, some days I only eat 2 big meals.
I’m a big believer in listening to your body, doing what makes you feel good, and definitely never letting food control your life. If you’re curious about trying Intermittent Fasting, I would recommend easing into the 16/8 method. It will take your body a week or two to adapt to a different way of eating, but you have to trust the process. Once you get past the first week, your body will catch on.
Again, for me, this is a lifestyle. It works for my body, It works for my mind. Listen to your body and mind. Pay attention to whether you’re actually hungry, or if you’re just bored (or dehydrated). Intermittent Fasting isn’t for everyone. I don’t recommend it for people who are competing or trying to build muscle. Consult your doctor and do your research.
I know that fasting may sound drastic, but it’s actually quite calming. It’s not always easy, but part of doing this is the challenge that comes with it. I do love that I don’t have to wake up and stress about breakfast. I love being able to just get up and get to work! I also appreciate how my stomach feels. Eating every couple hours doesn’t give your digestive system a break, which can cause bloating and discomfort (that you may not even realize you’re feeling). I can feel the difference. I’ve also noticed a huge increase in my energy. I have way more clarity when I’m fasting and never crash as I used to if I didn’t eat for more than 3 hours.
If you’re looking to burn fat, working out while fasting is also great, I have years of experience doing fasted cardio.
I really try to break my fast with something that’s nutritious. My first meal will be something like MegaFit Meals Ground turkey & veggies with an egg. Then, I go about eating throughout the day how I want to eat, grilled chicken, salmon, keto pizza. I actually feel more satisfied eating this way because I have a shorter amount of time to get all of my meals in.
From my personal experience with Intermittent Fasting the past two years or so, I have gained more energy, better digestion, weight loss, improved concentration, and increased fat burning.
I highly recommend implementing it if you’re looking to experience any of those benefits because I truly feel that it works. I couldn’t be happier with my results.
IFBB Pro Figure, Trainer