My Experience With Intermittent Fasting


I feel like in the last year or so, intermittent fasting has become one of those 'diets' you hear about everyone doing - similar to keto, or whole 30, or paleo - it's almost become a buzz word(s) so to speak. 

If you aren't familiar, intermittent fasting, this article does a good job of explaining it, as well providing some of the benefits. (link here)  

When I first started hearing about it, I had absolutely zero interest in it.  I LOVE breakfast, and always felt that it was necessary to start the day off with a good meal.  So, I ignored it, went on my way, and pretty much wrote it off as 'one of those fad diets' everyone is talking about.

Then, at the beginning of this year, I started hearing about it once again.  One of the people closest to me started intermittent fasting, and had good things to say about it.  They just felt better - lighter in a sense.  They didn't necessarily experience a big weight loss, which is sometimes what I would think of as a reason to do this, but overall they just feeling better.  At the same time, I was feeling pretty gross.  I indulged at the holidays, as one often does, and although I got back on track with working out and eating better, I still just felt blah.  I was having bad headaches, stomach aches, overall just not feeling my best.

I started researching intermittent fasting, reading health articles, as well as searching for blog posts where people share their experience with it.  As I read more, the more I became interested.  In a very simplistic and non-healthcare expert way of explaining it, by fasting, you are giving your body time to break down what you do consume, and then once your body is done with that, it can focus on repairing and replenishing itself.  There are lots of different benefits, but the one I was most interested in seeing if there was a difference was in digestion and energy.  Of course, a little bit of a weight loss wouldn't be a bad thing, but after reading about it, I was more interested in the digestive and energy impacts it could have.

I also talked to my trainer about intermittent fasting.  He told me not to go into this looking for a weigh loss, but said there could be some health benefit.  Of course, you had to do it right by making sure when you do eat, you eat the right things.  It's not just a free for all, because you are not eating for as long of a time period.  He did caveat it by saying that everyone is different, and that it may be a good idea for one person, and not another.  Which, of course, makes sense.

So with all I knew at the time, I decided to go for it.  It's been over two months now, and I really like it.  How I do it, is I don't eat for 16 hours, then eat during an 8 hour window.  A normal day for me is usually lunch at 11:00, and then I try to be done eating by 7:00.  Not eating breakfast is what works best with my schedule, so that's why I do it that way.  Also, I am more loosey goosey with it on the weekends.  As I mentioned earlier, I LOVE breakfast, so often on Saturday I will have breakfast at breakfast time, and not really worry about keeping my eating to an 8 hour window that day.  

It was a bit of an adjustment, just because having breakfast was so ingrained into my morning routine, but most days it's no big thing.  I have read various articles that say you can have up to 50 calories and that doesn't 'break your fast', so you can still have coffee with a little bit of creamer, or most days I just have tea, which is zero calories.  Plus lots and lots of water.

Now for the good stuff - the benefits I have experienced.  That 'blah' feeling I had prior to starting this is pretty much gone!  It's really helped with digestion - no more stomach aches and bloating.  I have seen a difference in energy, too.  Previously I would get super tired after lunch, even if it was a light lunch, and now I don't have that.  Since I am not tempted to have a later night snack in the evenings, it has helped me feel better before going to bed.  I wouldn't say I lost any weight, but I feel so much lighter.  And that feeling is pretty great.

I also want to note that it isn't a 'fad diet' like I previously thought.  It's not a diet at all.  It's just eating what you normally would eat in a shorter time period.  And because it's more focused on when you eat, rather than what, it's actually made me eat healthier.  Before, when I would try to be healthy, I would usually try not to eat certain things.  But because those things were 'off limits', it would just make me want them more, and I would undoubtedly overindulge at some point.  Since I am not doing that now, I feel like it's easier to enjoy some of those foods, while not going overboard.  Hopefully that made sense - I rewrote these few sentences way too much, haha!

As of now, unless a doctor says otherwise, I plan to keep eating like this for the foreseeable future.

Obviously, I am not expert, and everyone should do what it is best for them, but I still wanted to share my experience.

If you have tried it for yourself, I'd love to hear your thoughts and what your experience has been!

Linking up with Lindsay.  

5 comments

  1. I think I started intermittent fasting on accident when I was going to work, but since being home I don't really do it. I did see the exact same things as you - less sluggish and less bloating which was great! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  2. I have been doing intermittent fasting for serveral months and I love it! I am a breakfast lover too but I just eat a little later in the morning, LOL! I usually do 1030 to 630 as we like to eat early anyway! I cannot praise it enough!

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  3. Very interesting read! A lot of people I know are doing this right now. I've also just never eaten a huge dinner or big meal to close to bedtime because it affects my sleep!

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  4. How are you doing it with the pandemic going on? We are having breakfast almost every morning now, when we were not as good about it before. The girls always ate breakfast, but now Rory and I do as well.

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  5. Well now you are making me want to try this! I just don't know if I can do all of my eating in an eight hour time frame. I'd love to improve my energy and digestion though! My cousin swears by intermittent fasting so I really may have to try it for a while and see if I feel any of the benefits.

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