Intermittent Fasting: To eat or not to eat?

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Food o’clock

Two weeks ago, I found out about intermittent fasting or 16:8. If you’ve never heard of it, it simply means not eating for 16 hours and eating within the 8 hours. According to this plan, you stop eating by 8pm and start eating again by 12 noon the next day. This appealed to me greatly because it’s not a diet as there is no calorie restriction. It is a popular method for losing weight, increase energy levels, increase motivation and stamina, and also improve cognitive function. It may even protect against cancer. Just by fasting? Count me in!

I decided to try this fast to help get a handle on my sugar addiction and frequent snacking. Also because losing my pot belly won’t be a bad idea. I honestly think about food all the time and by food, I mean junk food. Even if I’m not hungry, I usually plan the next day’s meals in my head.

I thought this would be easy because there are days I eat like this anyway so how hard can it be? I even downloaded an app called Zero to keep track of when I started my fast and when I can start eating again.

I started my first day of fasting at 00:00 on Monday morning which meant that my fast would be broken at 4. I think this was a bad idea because I don’t remember the last time I fasted. I’ve never denied myself of food on purpose so I should have had a proper meal that evening but I didn’t, I had a can of Smirnoff Ice for dinner. At work that day, I was STARVING and my breath was so bad. I persevered and I rewarded myself with a sausage roll at 4pm and Chicken salad and fruit parfait by 5.30pm. I continued the rest of the week like this and it wasn’t that bad. The longest I did without food was 21 hours. This was outstanding for me. The major downside for me during this week was that I didn’t like that my breath wasn’t fresh and I couldn’t chew gum as I didn’t have sugar-free gum.

I’ve been at it for a week and a few days now and I haven’t lost any weight at all but here are a few positives

  • I’ve been able to reduce my Coca-cola intake. I’ve gone 5 days without coca-cola so far. I also haven’t had any candy/chocolate since I started
  • On weekends, most of my fasting can be done while sleeping. Wake up at 10am and eat at 12. Fasting done!
  • I’ve spent less on food these days since I really only have one meal
  • I’ve been drinking 2 liters of water daily to help with the hunger and that keeps me hydrated
  • I think my skin looks better

I’ll still keep at it. Hopefully I can keep this up. Have you ever tried it before? Let me know what you think!

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