Just wanted to share:
For the past 5 weeks I have been experimenting with intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting is not a diet, it’s a pattern of eating. It’s a way of scheduling your meals so that you get the most out of them. Intermittent fasting doesn’t change what you eat, it changes when you eat. Although I have made some changes in what as well, but honestly not many. I am down 5.8 pounds… not quite as much as I would have liked but its a start. I have to tell you…. so much easier than I thought it would be for the most part. In the beginning I was definitely looking at the clock waiting for the 12 :00 lunch bell to ring but now only some days do I find myself counting down the minutes. I feel full, but not like I over ate, def have more energy in the later afternoons, and so far I am really liking it.
There are many different ways to execute the pattern. This is what I generally do… 5 days I eat between 12-8pm and fast the rest…. one day I fast till 4:00pm and one day I eat whenever I want. Eventually I will try a 24 hour fast every once in a while.. not quite there yet! My problem with “diets” has always been the more I thought about it the more I would obsess over what I couldn’t have. We have “cleaned” up our diet immensely over the years and our worst day still doesn’t come close to previous decades best days, but still would find it hard to sustain anything for the long haul because of the deprivation mentality that took over. This is about timing not food, and much better for me to wrap my head around.
The science behind: To loose weight your body needs to reach a fasting state. This doesn’t start until about 12 hours after your last meal is eaten. So from hour 12-16 after you’ve eaten you are in your body’s natural fat burning state. The body dips into your fat storage to use as fuel.
Nutrition and diet is different for everyone. There is no one way to eat. It really comes down to a lot of trial and error, food sensitivities, lifestyle, and personal taste. We can make suggestions and we help you along your way to making lifestyle changes through diet and exercise, but ultimately it will be up to you to figure out what works best!! My suggestion is to make a few small changes here and there at first and see how they are working for you. I have attached a great article on intermittent fasting. This is just one way of eating. We can also explain Paleo, Keto, or just suggest a few changes to clean your diet up. Diet is as individual as we are!
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