Before I get into this whole intermittent fasting thing, let me just say… It’s not for everyone! If you’re the type of person who likes snacking throughout the day from the moment you wake up to the moment you fall asleep – this is your nightmare.
But before you click off, just know your body can adjust, or you can keep doing what you prefer. I don’t lose any sleep at night over it.
What is intermittent fasting (IF)?
It’s this whole concept where you set an eating window timeframe and if you’re not in your timeframe, you don’t eat. Simple!
Common types of intermittent fast:
- 16/8 (aka Lean Gains): You fast for 14-16 hours and eat for 8-10 hours. My body naturally follows this pattern, lucky me!
5/2: You eat normally for 5 days and restrict your calories to 500-600 calories for 2 days.
- Eat-Stop-Eat: Eat normally, fast for 24 hours, eat again. Usually you would only fast once or twice a week.
- Warrior Diet: You would fast for 20 hours and have a 4 hour eating window, typically at night before bed.
Why in the hell would I starve myself?!
Woah now, Negative Nancy. Let’s not get crazy.
You’re calories should still target the same weekly average you’d need to lose weight, maintain, or bulk. Plus, starvation mode doesn’t happen from skipping meals or fasting for a day or two. It happens with prolonged circumstances. Which isn’t happening here, you’re still eating!
Anywho, intermittent fasting can help you because it’ll force your body to use stored fat as energy.
What the heck is this sorcery?!
When you eat your body takes some time to process the food, right? While it’s doing that your body is thinking “Well shit. I have all this energy at my finger tips!”
If you do anything that requires energy, your body will use that energy it just finished getting from food. Got it? Good.
When you’re fasting, your body doesn’t have this energy at the ready. So? Your body is more likely to look at your fat cells, break them down into usable energy, and there you go! Fat burning.
What does a typical day of eating look like?
For me, my body naturally fasts. This sounds crazy, but I don’t just wake up in the morning starving. I never have!
Right when I wake up (and all throughout my fasting state) I can drink water, tea, or black coffee (no creamer!) or any zero calorie (or close to it) drink.
Around 2:30pm-4pm I’ll break my fast with my superfood breakfast and go on with my day.
Around 5:30 or 6-ish I’ll have a snack, think something like a banana, an apple, some berries, cantaloupe – you get the idea. This will usually hold me over another two hours.
That means around 8ish I’ll be hungry, so I’ll pull out a ground turkey meal, heat it up, and good to go!
By this time I try to have drank 34 ounces of water, which isn’t so bad. As long as I have a straw, I just keep sipping!
Usually by the time 9:30 or 10pm rolls around I’ll have my “dinner” meal (Chicken) and keep drinking my water.
Finally, at 11 or 11:30 I’ll eat a little bed time snack – which could be more fruit, pretzels, low calorie ice cream, eggs, anything! I just fit it into my macros! Then I’m off to bed and “fasting” until the next day (which means I’m fasting for 15-ish hours)!
I don’t like the thought of that…
That’s fine! It’s not for everybody and that’s ok. Some days I don’t intermittent fast at all! Other days I intermittent fast, but I have 2 big meals instead of meals and snacks. It literally depends on my mood and how my body is feeling!
In the end, you either give it a try and hate it, love it, or don’t try at all. It’s up to you! This is just one tool that helped me with my weight loss journey – and I FREAKING LOVE IT!!