What is intermittent fasting? You might have already heard about it an maybe you haven’t. I will tell you all you need to know about intermittent fasting in this blog.
What is intermittent fasting exactly?
A little over a year ago I read a book about healthy food and losing weight. In that book I learned more about intermittent fasting for the first time. Although I couldn’t imagine missing my breakfast, the story seemed believable.
For the people who don’t know what intermittent fasting is, I will tell you a bit more about it. Which in fact means that you fast within a period of time and don’t eat at all. There are multiple variations where I always use the 16/8 variation. This means that you are allowed to eat within a time frame of 8 hours and you fast for the remaining 16 hours. In my case this meant that I can eat between 12 in the afternoon and 8 at night and fast the rest of the day. And that does not mean that you eat whatever you like and how much you like between those 8 hours, because that will make it lose its value.
The other well-known variations are the ‘eat-stop-eat method’ where you fast once or twice a week for 24 hours. So for example after dinner you don’t eat until the next day after dinner. And the last method is the 5:2 method, where you eat 500-600 calories on 2 non-successive days and eat normally the rest of the week.
Why am I doing this?
I tried to start intermittent fasting last year, but breakfast really is my favorite meal. I love food so much and that first moment is my favorite besides the fact that I wake up hungry every day as well. That is why I tried intermittent fasting 1 or 2 days every week last year, but that is quite difficult, because your body doesn’t get used to it. Besides that it made me grumpy so I decided to quite. Until recently I read more about intermittent fasting and wanted to start with it again. But this time I decided to go for it to let my body get used to it. I started 3,5 weeks ago already and it goes surprisingly well.
Of course I still woke up hungry the first few days and wanted to quit after a day, but I decided to continue. And I notice the hungry feeling coming later. Sometimes I am not hungry until 10 and sometimes I make my food at 12 and am still not hungry. Funny to experience that in your body. For me the main reason to do this is not to lose weight, because I don’t have to. I just notice that I like to eat all day long and my body doesn’t have enough time to recover. That is the main reason to start with it again.
How can you start intermittent fasting?
In the coming months I will monthly write a blog about intermittent fasting, the health benefits, tips and tricks and much more. But I want to give you a head start to tell you how to start intermittent fasting.
It is possible that you unconsciously fasted already, when you were not hungry in the morning or didn’t have enough time to have breakfast and started eating at lunch time. That is actually also the principle of the 16/8 method and that is why it works best for me. I really have something to look forward to and sometimes even count down the minutes until I am ‘allowed’ to eat again. You could try to start skipping your breakfast 1-2 days per week to see how it feels. During the fasting you are allowed to drink water, coffee and tea which can definitely help to suppress the hunger feeling.
If you have certain complaints or diseases I would recommend consulting a doctor before starting. Also if you don’t weigh enough at the moment of have had some eating disorders it is recommended not to start intermittent fasting.