Intermittent Fasting

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!

Published by momrockzz

I am a newly retired NYC public school teacher blogging about her new life. I’m living a happy retirement life on Long Island - dog sitting, traveling, and experimenting with new endeavors.

2 thoughts on “Intermittent Fasting

  1. Intermittent fasting might be good for some people and not worth a nickle to others. It depends on your age, your lifestyle, your activity level, your personal metabolism, the amount of weight you wish to lose … the medications that you take … there are lots of variables in the human body weight scenario … There is no such thing as one fits all in the world of diets …what is good for the goose is not always what is good for the gander …As with everything, if you are contemplating a change in dietary habits it is always good sense to consult a duly licensed and qualified health care professional before embarking on the adventure.

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