Here’s my take on Intermittent fasting, the latest craze when it comes to dieting. Between the holiday season and a 10 day Caribbean vacation that included an overindulgence of eating and drinking, I felt like a needed to lose a few pounds. I usually eat mostly fruit, vegetables, and eggs, but I thought I would give this intermittent fasting thing a try.
On New Year’s Eve I saw a segment where Hollywood stars were asked the secret to losing weight and the answer was always the same – intermittent fasting. This stuck with me, so I searched Google and Pinterest to see what exactly it entailed. I did my home work on the guidelines and it was pretty straight forward. There were a few different methods, but the one that seemed the most feasible was the 16/8 Fasting Method.
During the first 6 hours of your day you can only have water, tea, and black coffee. The next 8 hours is where you eat all your calories. The last 10 hours you are back to the water, tea, and black coffee. It sounded pretty simple and straightforward.
I started on a Monday morning and had my bottle of water like I aways do, and then I usually have a couple of cups of coffee with almond milk. (I never put sugar in my coffee and gave up dairy a while ago.) I had the coffee black as instructed, but it really took the pleasure out of the whole drinking coffee thing. I went off to the gym like I always do on Mondays and halfway through my class, I started feeling like I was losing steam. I finished the class and drove home thinking about how I only had about one hour until the eating part of the day would begin. This really was all I could think about. Light-headed and wiped out waiting to eat my two over easy eggs and sliced apple.
I ate my breakfast pretty fast and had a real cup of coffee with some almond milk. It wasn’t long until I was thinking about lunch. Before I headed out again, I made sure to have lunch, but while I was out and about the realization that I would have to be back to prepare and eat my dinner all before 8pm was always in the back of my mind.
This went on for a few days, and I proved I could do this intermittent fasting thing, but I really didn’t see the point. Why not put a little almond milk in my coffee? Almond milk is sugar free and a whole cup only has 30 calories. Why not have a piece of fruit before I head out to the gym, so I don’t feel light-headed the whole time?
In my opinion, intermittent fasting works for people because they only eat in the 8 hour window of time and you would tend to consume less calories. Of course during the eating window you wouldn’t have cupcakes and chips, but I would never have that anyway. Intermittent fasting is another method for those who want to lose weight, but it is definitely not for me. I felt brain drained the first 6 hours of the day which made it challenging for me to do most things effectively. It just wasn’t for me.
I prefer to have 3 sensible meals a day with a couple of pieces of fruit for snacking throughout the day. I’m old school and still think breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I prefer to eat a whole food diet and avoid meat, dairy, sugar, and processed foods. I tend to eat the fruit and vegetables that are in season to mix things up. Of course when I go on vacation I over indulge, and usually one day on the weekend. Life is short, and I like waking up to a good cup of coffee, and enjoy going about my day with a clear head!