Intermittent fasting is basically when you eat for 6 or 8 hours and fast (do not eat) for 18 or 16 hours. The purpose of intermittent fasting is to eat within a certain time frame your daily calorie intake.
I began intermittent fasting on February 12, 2018, and weighed 142 lbs. I eat between 12 p.m. -7:59 p.m. and then I do not eat between from 8 p.m. -11:59 a.m. The reason I started Intermittent Fasting was to become healthier and see if this “diet” works for me. I have lost weight, nothing drastic but I have noticed that my body has changed for the better. I have more energy in the morning and I am LESS BLOATED! Bloating is one of my biggest problems, which I did not notice was so bad until I began this journey. Here is a picture of the progress I've noticed so far on my abdomen area.
You can have black coffee or unsweetened tea during the time that you are fasting and water of course. I have three meals throughout my eating window. I do keep a 1200 calorie daily intake which helps me keep track of what I’m eating and putting into my body. For example:
- 12 p.m. Breakfast- Peanut butter on whole wheat toast, or an egg omelet. Etc.
- 3:30 p.m. Lunch- Protein (chicken/ fish/ red meat), sweet potatoes or any kind of good starchy food and veggies. Etc.
- 7:45 p.m. Dinner- Protein shake with a whole wheat toast or grilled chicken with veggies. Etc.
OR on weekends I have only two meals.
- 12 p.m. Brunch- Egg omelet, or waffles or toast with peanut butter.
- 6:30 p.m. Dinner- Tacos (chicken or shrimp), or fish with mash potatoes, or steak and sweet potatoes.
Currently, I weight 136 lbs.
When I started, it was hard for me to get used to because I was in the habit of having breakfast in the morning every single day.
The night before I started I had a heavy meal at 9 p.m. to prepare myself to starve the next morning. The first day, I was starving! It took my body about three or four days to get used to the fasting periods.
I’ve been working out 3 to 4 times a week. I noticed I have more energy working out before I eat now than I did before beginning intermittent fasting. I used to get light headed and nauseous if I would work out before eating, but now, I have a lot of energy and I am able to work out for a longer period of time. I’ve also experienced I do not crave food as much as I would before. I used to eat a lot when I was bored at work. This habit has been completely cut out, thanks to intermittent fasting. My acne has improved so much also with in the past month due to my better eating habit. I’ve benefited so much by following intermittent fasting and sticking to it.
There are many different versions of intermittent fasting. This is the one that works for me, you can play around and see which works best for you. Intermittent fasting has so many benefits! If you guys have any questions, leave your comments below and I will answer them. Also, if you want to try intermittent fasting and are not too sure how to or when to.