We now realize that we spent so much time studying how much we eat; we never paid enough attention to when we eat.
This is just MY EXPERIENCE on Intermittent Fasting. I don’t think it is for everyone. Every body works differently. It’s been a month now. By doing I feel – Added energy! Better digestion! Weight loss! Improved concentration! Increased fat burning!
Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern where you cycle between periods of eating and fasting. It does not say anything about which foods to eat, but rather when you should eat them. Most people already “fast” every day, while they sleep. Intermittent fasting can be as simple as extending that fast a little longer. This is not a particular diet but a lifestyle. You can do this by skipping breakfast, eating your first meal at noon and your last meal at 8 pm. That what I am doing-fasting for 16 hours every day, and restricting my eating to an 8-hour eating window. This is the most popular form of intermittent fasting, known as the 16/8 method.
There are lots of different ways to do intermittent fasting, but the 3 most popular are:
The 16/8 Method: Fast for 16 hours each day, for example by only eating between noon and 8pm.
Eat-Stop-Eat: Once or twice a week, don’t eat anything from dinner one day, until dinner the next day (a 24 hour fast).
The 5:2 Diet: During 2 days of the week, eat only about 500–600 calories and many…
I personally like to do the 16/8 method. This means that I eat for 8 hours, and then I fast for 16 hours. This may sound weird, but it’s actually been calming and requires lots of patience. I feel good I don’t need to wake up & worry about breakfast. I’ve noticed a huge increase in my energy.
Drinking tons of green tea and water during the fasting hours really helps & I also love coffee with unsweetened milk. It keeps me feeling full & like I’m still enjoying something nice in the morning. I add cinnamon and drink it. I also make a bulletproof coffee because it has healthy fat in it. A lot of people say that you shouldn’t have milk during your fast but that’s just not something I’m willing to give up. I need milk in my coffee.
I also like doing my workout while I’m fasting – you burn more fat. I do different workouts different days- 108 SURYA NAMASKAR, cardio on some days, stretching and yoga, some flows, some crunches and many more and at the same time I make sure I am taking enough nutritious food, my supplements and most important is protein. I completely rely on my @absolute nutrition isolate whey protein.
I prefer to break the fast around 12:00 or 1:00 with a smoothie or chapati and salad. I really try to break the fast with something that’s nutritious. Then, I go about eating throughout the day how I want to eat. I don’t deprive myself in that 8-hour window.
As mentioned above, there are a lot of different options where you can fast for different hours & pick your window. AND it’s important to understand the difference between starvation & fasting…Starvation is when there’s an involuntary absence of food. Fasting is volunteering to withhold from food.
I also find I sleep much better when I fast. I notice I’m in bed at1 & ready to hop out of bed at 11 am only during this lockdown period.
I gave up sugar only till I am doing Intermittent Fasting. For now, I’m going to keep doing it till I can, but I don’t think it’s something I can do forever. I eat high protein food for lunch and dinner which keeps me full. It’s very important to eat full day’s calories (but do not overeat) since you’re already on a deficit diet.
Intermittent Fasting, Essentials To Follow
- Avoid sugars and refined grains. Instead, eat fruits, vegetables, beans, lentils, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats
- Let your body burn fat between meals.
- Avoid snacking or eating at nighttime.
Increases your metabolic rate, which helps you burn more calories.
Helps in shedding off weight.
It can fight the effects of aging and many more.
One who should not do it-?
It is not recommended during pregnancy or for women who are breast feeding. People who are underweight with eating disorder should avoid it. Also, consult your doctor if you are under any sort of medication before starting and don’t do it if you are suffering from any deficiencies.
For any queries, ask me on my blog itself.