About 2 months ago, I began the new fad of intermittent fasting. I say fad because it’s new to me and although I turned my nose up to it I do believe it is a healthy eating habit for me. I am someone who would eat 5 times a day, small meals to keep my metabolism going. But as I am getting older and time keeps slipping away from me, I am finding it hard to lose weight and to maintain a good, not to mention healthy body weight. I work a desk job, I am in school, and I have a side job that keeps me busy and I needed a new way of meal planning. Food is not necessarily an indulgence as I know I don’t eat terribly but I like a good balance. I was first introduced to intermittent fasting by Dr. Oz and later saw the benefits in my sister’s journey.
What is intermittent Fasting?
Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating. There are many different windows you can choose from, how long you want to fast between meals, and decide on the foods that still provides you with enough vitamins, minerals, fruits, veggies, carbs, and all the healthy foods that maintains your body’s balance. There is alternate-day fasting in which you would fast for 24hrs and eat all day the day after. And periodic fasting in which you choose to time period to eat and fast for a certain amount of hours.
I choose the 16:8. I Fast for 16hrs of the day and eat within an 8hr window. That 9AM-5PM eating window is the best schedule for me because I don’t like to skip breakfast and I eat lunch as late as 2-3pm. I am hardly ever hungry for a dinner meal or a snack. Plus, this allows my body to absorb/digest my food properly before I go to bed and throughout the night, until it is time for me to eat again.
Benefits: ( I will speak for myself, as I know intermittent fasting affects everyone differently and I’m not here to make any guarantees or promises in terms of weight and health benefits).
I Saw A Healthy Weight loss As Well As A Balance In Weight Management
It Lowered My Blood Pressure
I Experienced Less Bloating
It Increased My Metabolism
However, other benefits according to research, have experienced a reduce in insulin resistance, lowered risk of chronic disorders, cardiovascular diseases, and helped maintain muscle mass.
What Foods Did I Eat?
My Breakfast Was a Mixture Of: Greek Yogurt, Berries ( Strawberries, Blueberries, Pineapple, Mango) Granola, Eggs, Turkey Sausage or Bacon, & Oatmeal. Drink preference was decaf coffee.
My Lunch Always Consisted of: Meat & Veggies. Mostly Fish ( Salmon & Cod), Baked Chicken, Broccoli, Spinach, Sweet Potatoes, Butternut Squash, Green Beans. Drink preference was at least 32 oz of water throughout the day.
Don’t Get It Twisted, I Did Not Clean Eat All The Time! I still LOVED to eat Mexican food, ramen, tacos, ice cream, cookies, e.t.c! One thing I do not do is deprive myself but manage myself enough to keep a good balance.
Did I Exercise? Yes! I mostly walked 5 days a week for 3 miles but would recommend to eat before any intense work out.
Would I encourage Intermittent Fasting? Absolutely! Of course I would recommend discussing with your medical doctor to be sure your body will be able to manage fasting for a long period of time without any side effects to your health, especially if you are taking medication.
Happy Fasting Folks!
More Info Below For More Information/Sources: