Tuesday, August 9, 2016

What is it Like to do Intermittent Fasting.

A few months ago I heard about intermittent fasting and was curious about the whole thing.  If you don't know what intermittent fasting is here's my description of it for you.  You wake up but instead of eating right away you push your first meal into later in the day, hours later.  Now there isn't a set amount of hours to wait to eat but I would recommend 3-8 before your first meal.  Why such a broad range?  Well for me I have days where I need to eat earlier and days where I can handle not eating for 8 hours.
What I do within those 3-8 hours each day for food is just water, you can use coffee which helps keep you more full than water, at least for me, but I like just plain old water, maybe even lemon water because it gives me a boost of energy for my whole day that I have ahead of me. 

How to Start Intermittent Fasting.

If you have never done intermittent fasting before and are used to eating as soon as you wake up then for week one I recommend eating an hour after waking. If you can handle 2 hours more power to you!  I find it better to start small and work your way slowly to where you want to be so you aren't discouraged.  
I find it easiest to do IF for longer periods if I wake up earlier.  Usually if I wake up at 7 I wont eat until 12-3, but if I wake up later around 9 I find myself eating around that same period.  Now that is still a minimum of 3 hours but for the best results I see are from 5 hours plus of not eating after you wake.
What is it Like to IF?
I'm not going to lie and say everyday I'm not hungry or starving for that matter.  There are still days I am starving but I find ways to ignore it until my fast is up.  I have however become used to it so most days are pretty easy for at least 3-4 hours but then after still gets hard.  I like to listen to my body so if I am hungry that early I like to eat that early, if I'm not hungry that early then I push off my fast till I am hungry.
I don't quite remember when I started but I know it has been a few months and its not as hard as it sounds if you listen to your body.  It also allows you to eat like a king when you do eat throughout the day.  I usually enjoy 2-3 big meals and a good sized snack and don't even gain much fat if I do gain fat at all!  Now I'm not saying you can eat a ton of junk food and get thin using IF, but it is a lot easier to lose fat even if you are eating junk food right now, you just have to eat in a caloric deficit which is much easier even while eating foods you enjoy while IF.  I however don't count calories but what I do instead is mostly stay away from most refined and junk foods myself, this is because I am trying to gain muscle at the moment and not drop fat, but whatever you are trying to do IF can help with it!  If you feel you need to lose fat and watch calories then do that, if you are more laid back like I am then you don't have to count calories, it's whatever works for you is what you do, there is no right way to do it.
Bottom line, for me IF is what's working for me right now, and I highly encourage you give it a try for at least a month to see if it works for you as well!  If you want to eat like a gain and lose fat I do however encourage moving toward a healthier diet, that can be whatever it is for you.  If you even are just starting your journey or thinking about eating more healthy I recommend eating one healthy meal a day for a week or 2 before starting this so you build a habit to have that healthy meal for the first time you eat while IF.  Then for dinner while IF have a feast of whatever you want, just remember if you are trying to lose fat to be in a caloric deficit each day or 6 days a week and having one day to still eat what you want.  Remember what you eat 90% of the time determines who you are and what you will look like and become, because if you eat junk food 6 out of 7 days then what will you look like?  Now think if you eat health foods 6 out of 7 days a week, the answer is obvious.  
All of what I just said is to be taken into account whether or not you are going to start IF or even just start a diet of your own.
Closing thoughts.
If you are thinking of IF I highly recommend you try out IF.  It is what I currently do and it works for me and I really believe it can improve your life for the better to help you get the body you want.  If you love doing it or hate doing it please leave your feedback in the comments, or if you already do it please leave a comment for other readers to see it so we can hear your story!

I hope this blog post helped you.
See you guys on the next post.

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