Intermittent fasting, and why I am giving it a go.
Basically, intermittent fasting is a period of time where you do not eat. Recent studies have shown the health benefits along with the weight-loss benefits that intermittent fasting (IF) has on the body. If you have read any of my harsh and/or sarcastic blog posts you will come to find out that I am not a “fad” dieter. I eat as clean as I can, but still have a life…I travel a lot and enjoy food.
A bit of a back story as to why I started this fast (today). Lately, I have been seeing my body plateau, I’ve been more stressed at work, not sleeping enough, and just have not felt my normal healthy self…all signs showing to a not so great gut.
Now…a lot of people are not “in tune” with their body, I have seen a constant state of “I feel like shit, but don’t really realize I feel like shit” syndrome. We live in a world that we want quick results, quick food, and not enough education about our body.
So, here I am…trying what some people may call a fad. Like I said before, I do not like to restrict. So my version (which is a real and legit version) of IF is the 16-8. I will fast for 16 hours, and eat for only 8 hours.
What is intermittent fasting:
- An eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating, common methods involve daily 16 hours fasts or fasting for 24 hours, twice a week (health line, 2018).
The impact of intermittent fasting:
- Studies show that 60% of energy restriction and time-restricted feeding in normal AND overweight human subjects have demonstrated efficacy for weight loss and improvements in multiple health indicators including; insulin resistance and reductions in risk factors for cardiovascular disease (Mattson, Aging research reviews, 2017).
- Improved gut health was also associated with reduced relative bacterial abundance, inducing profound long-term changes. Pharmacological and genetic analysis showed that short term IF during early life can induce long-lasting beneficial effects with increase in lifespan, and preserving gut health (Catterson, 2018).
Day 1: it was funny, when I told the barista at work what I was doing (because I didn’t get my normal almond milk latte), she responded with…”I think it’s funny when people think they can do that, but then go and eat McDonalds..like what is the point of that”
I couldn’t agree with her more, this isn’t a let’s go eat whatever crap I can get my hands on because I haven’t eaten fro 16 hours fat fest. My meals today have still consisted of my regular meals I would have been eating. They are just not as spaced out, and I eat for only a restricted amount of time.
Here is what I ate today (so far, and what I will eat for dinner):
12:00pm - 5 ounces of chicken breast cooked in tomato sauce, with roasted broccoli and tomatoes, and half of an avocado
2:00pm - 3 whole eggs, with a huge side of mixed greens with balsamic, and a handful of pistachios
3:30pm - whole banana, 1/2 tbsp of ghee, 1 tbsp of peanut butter
5:00pm - huge side of mixed greens with mustard and half of an avocado + turkey
7:00pm - baked rockfish, with zucchini, mixed greens, and sweet potato
The amount I am eating has not changed, the snacking has gone to a minimum (today at least), I stopped drinking BLACK coffee at 12:00pm with my first meal, and I have already drank 3 liters of water (it is currently 5:30pm).
Mentally day 1, I thought it would be a lot harder. Around 11:45 the hunger did strike. Luckily, no headaches or pains for the day. BUT, I also did not work out today. Tomorrow may be a little harder due to the fact, I have a 5:20am leg day session at Barry’s Bootcamp. I will check-in periodically on if I have been able to sustain this 16-8 “lifestyle” and what changes I can see and feel in my body.
PS. Stick around for more updates on what other benefits IF may have for you.