Intermittent fasting (IF) is the world’s new health and fitness trend! After going through videos from fellow fitness bloggers/vloggers showing their results from IF, I knew I had to give it a try for my followers.
IF describes an eating pattern that consists of cycles between fasting and eating. The common practice is to fast for a period of 16 hours and eat within a period of 8 hours. It is considered the most consistent method of fasting and a lot of my followers even pointed out to me that they have been doing it for years and have lost a lot of weight. When I was fasting, I would eat between the hours of 12pm and 8pm and fast overnight until midday. Others do the 24 hour method which consists of fasting for 24 hours. For example, some people eat dinner one day and don’t eat until dinner the next day.
People use it to either lose weight, decrease body fat or just improve their lifestyles. It is not so much about what types of foods you eat but rather when you eat them. A lot of people say it’s not a diet but personally, I feel like anything that radically alters your eating pattern should be considered a diet especially if it’s not a lifestyle change. I considered this a diet because I was practicing it for just 1 week before a beach holiday and I don’t intend on making it a lifestyle as so many other people do.
The science behind intermittent fasting is that within the 8 hour period, you eat fewer calories which automatically leads to weight loss. A more scientific explanation is to think of the difference between the body in its fed state and steady state. In the fed state (when you eat, lasting from 3-5 hours for digestions) it is difficult for the body to burn fat as the body has high insulin levels. In the fasted state after this period, it is much easier to burn fat. Thus extending the fasted state leads to higher fat burn. Furthermore, when you don’t eat for longer periods of time, your stomach shrinks and leads you to eat less when you finally get to eat. This is contested though as some people actually binge after long periods of fasting. Well, here’s what happened to my body in my one week of IF:-
My Review and Results:-
I didn’t find the fast itself difficult to do as I fast occasionally for faith purposes. I did, however, lack energy on some mornings and by the time it got to 12, I was more than ready to tuck in to a delicious meal.
On most mornings, by the time it got to 12, I wasn’t even that hungry. Throughout the whole process, I didn’t binge when I finally got to eat and I ate my regular portions, at times getting full before I finished my meal.
I realised that I was only eating two meals and one snack during the fast. I would eat a lunch/brunch as my first meal, a snack after 3/4 hours then dinner before 8pm.
I think the only struggle was that on some days when I finished eating later than intended (i.e. after 8pm) I would have to wait for a couple of extra hours the next day to eat, sometimes after 1pm!
I did, however, cheat on some days. Well, it wasn’t that bad as once I ate my first meal at 11:45am. But I just felt like 15 minutes wouldn’t really make a difference to the fast.
Overall, the process wasn’t so bad and I could see myself doing it longer. I do, however, love my breakfasts and starting my day with an energy boost so I can’t see myself developing this into a lifestyle. It also affected my gym habits as I normally go to the gym in the morning but could not as I didn’t have the energy to workout. I, therefore, had to go to the gym after my first meal which was an inconvenience for other things I had to do during the day.
So before I started the fast, I was quite bloated. This was the main reason why I partook in the fast, actually. I started to see results on the third day. My stomach was instantly flatter and my abs were popping! By the fifth day, my waist was looking smaller and snatched! My mum and friends even noticed the difference!
I definitely got rid of the bloating which was my goal upon starting the fast. I do, however, feel that the results are temporary and that once I start eating normally again, my stomach won’t be as flat. That’s why I stated earlier that I would consider this a diet.
I did, however “lose” two inches around my waist and overall I am satisfied with my results.
Tips and Recommendations:-
Here are some tips for those of you who would want to partake in the fast:-
- Eat your greens early:- It’s so difficult when you’re fasting to want to binge out on unhealthy food when you get the chance to eat again. However, your first meal should contain loads of fruit and vegetables so that you don’t miss out on your daily macros.
- Drink loads of water:- During your fasting period, it is essential to stay hydrated to prevent yourself from becoming weak. Also, if you feel faint in any way, you should not take part in the fast as your body may not be able to handle it.
- Distract yourself:– It is important to distract yourself from eating when you are fasting as it allows the time to go by quicker.
Overall, intermittent fasting was a pleasant experience and I would definitely do it again if I want to achieve quick, short-term results. Consult a professional if you plan on taking part in a fast as I am not a professional. The information in this post is however, based on certified studies.
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