Fitness Friday # 7 – Intermittent Fasting

Soooooo I took a little break. OK I took a long break! But I’m back here again! And you know why? Because I said I would be, and I’m committed to this goal!

In my last Fitness Friday, I said that I wouldn’t be upset with small weight losses, because weight losses are better than weight gains, and gaining weight that I worked so hard to lose would be upsetting. Hypothetically of course.

And then it happened. I gained back 3.4 pounds! GAH!!

But here’s the thing. I gained back those pounds because I stopped tracking, and then did some half-assed tracking. Plus I stopped working out. So it really didn’t come as a surprise. I expected it, and then it happened.

Twice.

Two weeks in a row.

Fitness Friday # 7 - Intermittent Fasting

So I kicked myself in the butt and told myself to get back to it. I started tracking again, and I’ve started intermittent fasting. And I know, I know, another person on the intermittent fasting trend. I was very skeptical, because I hate trends, and weight loss is so straight forward that I tend to ignore fads.

What made me start intermittent fasting was my lack of control. I was tracking really well until around five or six and then I was eating whatever I wanted. And although that was super fun, it lead to my crappy tracking and weight gain. So I decided that I would only eat between 10:00am and 6:00pm, with an absolute cut off of 8:00pm.

So, the goal is to stop at 6:00pm, but if I’m crazy busy, or we’re out and I just haven’t eaten enough for the day, I’ll allow myself until 8:00pm. This gives me from 14 to 16 hours of fasting, which is enough to make the magic happen.

So What’s the Deal With Intermittent Fasting?

When I first heard about Intermittent Fasting, it was tied to Keto which made me instantly skeptical. I am not a Keto fan. To me, it’s just like Atkins and Paleo, you eat a ton of meats and fats, which to a vegetarian means eggs and eggs? Maybe cheese? I can’t get behind any diet that tells you not to eat fruit. It just isn’t natural.

Also, intermittent fasting sounded a lot like an eating disorder! But then I stated to do a little research. That being said, if you’ve battled with an eating disorder, intermittent fasting is maybe not for you, as it can be extremely triggering.

Instead of trying to explain the science of it, I’m going to let someone from Harvard do it. Cause, Harvard.

“IF [Intermittent Fasting] makes intuitive sense. The food we eat is broken down by enzymes in our gut and eventually ends up as molecules in our bloodstream. Carbohydrates, particularly sugars and refined grains (think white flours and rice), are quickly broken down into sugar, which our cells use for energy. If our cells don’t use it all, we store it in our fat cells as, well, fat. But sugar can only enter our cells with insulin, a hormone made in the pancreas. Insulin brings sugar into the fat cells and keeps it there.

Between meals, as long as we don’t snack, our insulin levels will go down and our fat cells can then release their stored sugar, to be used as energy. We lose weight if we let our insulin levels go down. The entire idea of IF [Intermittent Fasting] is to allow the insulin levels to go down far enough and for long enough that we burn off our fat.”

From: Intermittent fasting: Surprising update:

Also this podcast episode about Intermittent Fasting gives a real-life example of the health benefits.

Does Intermittent Fasting Work?

Yes! Yes it does work. So far, I’ve lost the 3.4 pounds as well as additional .6 pound at my last weigh in:

Fitness Friday # 7 - Intermittent Fasting

The best part is that it’s keeping me in line. I’m not getting that crazy frantic hunger at 9:00pm and I’m not eating everything in the pantry. Sure, I get hungry some nights and that’s when I drink some tea or seltzer.

Also, I’m not getting my usual 3:00pm sluggishness that I used to get. Every day, at around 3:00pm, I would go into a fog and there was nothing I could do to shake it. I honestly thought I’d need to get a job with a day that ended at 3:00, because after that I was useless. Now, the hour comes and goes and I don’t notice.

I don’t get the shakes when I don’t eat for too long. I’m not irritable if I don’t eat in the morning. And it used to be bad. I was a jerk to literally everyone until I got something in my stomach. Now, I can go to ten without any mental anguish. Sure my body is ready to eat, but I’m not crabby.

I was texting a friend of mine yesterday, and we started talking about our tea collection. And how we are old because we have a tea collection. And I said that I was only eating between 10 and 6, and she said she was too. The last time we met she was having thyroid issues, that were really affecting her way of life. She said intermittent fasting has really helped with it.

I Know, It Sounds Too Good to be True

I am always skeptical when someone tells me about how great a new dieting fad is, or how a new diet changed their life. But I really think this is legit. And the more I experience, and the more I talk to others, the more I really believe in it.

I am also one of those people who likes to share things that I think are great, especially if I think they can help someone else. So here I am, sharing what I’ve learned. Also, I’m losing weight again, and feeling really good in my body, which is kind of the greatest feeling in the world, amiright?

Have you tried Intermittent Fasting? Do you think you will?

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    I did intermittent fasting last fall!!! I actually felt better while doing it and the only negative for me, was that I wasn’t eating breakfast because my fasting hours were 11-7 and by 11, I wasn’t feeling breakfast. So I did try to do breakfast for dinner but it’s just not the same.
    I may try this again because my diet #5,098 isn’t really making me feel it any more. I swear to GOD we should just gain 50 pounds and be happy. Why are we doing this again?
    Oh yeah. Shorts weather is coming. Sigh.

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      Hahaha I think about that all the time, and then I gain a bunch of weight and get depressed and get back on the dieting train.

      I read something recently that said, there is more to life than dieting and paying bills. I’m trying to take it to heart and not be so hard on myself. It’s been a challenge to find the balance between eating four boxes of Girl Scout cookies and only eating the recommended serving size of one kind!

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