Before Christmas, I began trying to get used to the idea of intermittent fasting. Yes, a lot of you may be thinking ‘fad diet’ and I wouldn’t blame you, if you haven’t read up on it. I am not a fan of fad diets, or any diet for that matter. What I care about is fitness and health. I know that what I put in my body affects how I feel, so I try to eat what makes my body and insides feel the best. I also love keeping fit and exercising as I know that the fitter my body is, the better I feel.
I wanted to look into fasting for while, but I was skeptical, and only used to the idea of fasting for Lent and other religious holidays. I also did not want to go without food at all, my body does not cope well without food, even for a day. So, I found out the few basic facts, and started to plan a possible trial of it prior to Christmas.
Here are the basic starting points for Intermittent Fasting:
1. Fast for 2 days out of 7 (5 normal days and 2 fasting a week)
2. For the two fast days, eat a quarter of your normal calories (so 500 for women, 600 for men)
3. Exercise as you would normally every day of the week
4. For the remaining 5 days of the week, eat as you usually would
For my Intermittent Fasting trial, I decided to try it 1 day a week, to see if I could cope with a full day of reduced calorie intake (once again, my body does not cope well without food).
Here was my ‘menu’ for those trial fasting days:
Breakfast: 2 boiled eggs
Lunch: Mug of miso soup (with wakame seaweed)
Dinner: Steamed vegetables with either salmon, or in miso soup (I love miso soup!)
Snacks: Mug of miso soup, raw veg (cucumber) and an emergency banana (if needed)
I’m not sure exactly the calories of the ‘menu’ but I know it is a greatly reduced amount of calories from my usual eating day.
Verdict: I completed 3 trial days, getting better each time. I am looking forward to continuing it this year and increasing the trial 1 day a week to 2 days a week.
I did not measure my weight over the period of trial days, as weight loss is not my aim, but here are a few pros (and cons as you can’t have one without the other) that I observed.
Did not feel bloated once on any of the trial days
I was still able to exercise (had the same amount of energy) whenever I wanted
I did not feel deprived of food during those days
I ate when I was hungry, not for the sake of it, on both the fasting days an the other days
One less lunch to pack!
I craved sweet things on fast days (fruit)
I’m the only one in my house that would do the fasting so on some of the fasting days, I would still have to cook for everyone else
I am now staring to do the intermittent fasting for the full 2 days a week. I will keep updating you all on my progress (only on how I am feeling – no weight loss goals), and let you know what I think of it 😀
Have you tried Intermittent fasting?