I started intermittent Fasting on January 31, 2018. I had read a lot about fasting but I was convinced that I would starve if I didn’t eat all day. I decided to experiment… I made big Tupperware container of bacon and eggs and I would try to eat it within a 6-hour window. The other 18 hours I would abstain. Well, it didn’t go as planned to be honest. I only ate like half of what I brought in that time period. I was positive I would wake up starving. I didn’t. So, I tried it again the next day and the next. Most days I was eating a late lunch and an early breakfast. Over time my appetite adjusted and I wasn’t using a full 6 hours. I gradually adjusted my schedule to fast for 20 hours and eat only 4. That is what I have been doing for the past year and to be honest I’m a huge fan.
Don’t get me wrong, fasting is not magic. This concept works on 2 principles:
1 – A reduced time period to eat naturally leads to reduced calorie intake. Over time, my appetite has adjusted so that I can consume adequate calories in a 4-hour window. But it’s nowhere near what I could/would have consumed in an 8-12 hours period with 3 meals and snacks. So, a big part of this is the reduced intake.
2 – The other part is hormone correction. Most of us eat too much too often and don’t really care. This can lead to chronic Insulin elevation which can result in diabetes if left unchecked. The period of non-eating allows Insulin to return to normal levels more often than if we snacked all day. This has an effect on Leptin which is a hormone that tells us when we are full. When Insulin is chronically elevated and Leptin is out of whack, the result is eating constantly and never feeling full. I’m sure most of us have experienced this at some point. There are a few other hormones at play like Ghrelin and Glucagon but I won’t bore you with the details in this post. You are welcome to ask me if you have questions.
I’m not under any illusions that this lifestyle is for everyone. What I am sure of is that it has changed my life over the past year. One of the things that I find most appealing is that it’s FREE!!! You don’t have to buy pills or a book or subscribe to some program. Just FREE. Not only is it free… it’s also saved you money. You wouldn’t believe how much my food bill is cut by not eating 24/7. As if that’s not enough perks… we spend a lot of time eating and thinking about food. One of the reasons that I can spend more time exercising now is that I spend much less time eating and food prepping. Imagine what you would do with an extra 2 hours a day. Anyways… this post is about celebrating for me. I just want to explain a little about it because someone may be where I was a year ago, confident that they would starve if they skipped a meal or two. I haven’t found this to be true at all. Best wishes friends!!