I had heard about intermittent fasting from one of the ahole bros – and at first I thought it was crazy! How in the world was I supposed to not eat for 16 hours?!? And I was only allowed to eat for 8? That’s absolute insanity.
Fast forward a year or so and one of my coworkers is trying it out, and I decided to do it with her. I picked the 16/8 method – which is basically what I said above – 8 hours eating, 16 hours fasting. So I picked my hours to eat as noon to 8pm – especially since we normally don’t eat dinner until around 730, it would give me plenty of time to get dinner out of the way.
I will tell you that the first couple of weeks of not eating breakfast damn near killed me. I was so so hungry, and I loooooove breakfast food. LOVE it. Eggs and toast and scones. I was starving. BUT, by the third week or so, I had gotten used to it. I still got hungry well before the noon point, but I wasn’t constantly thinking about food from the minute I woke up until the minute I went to bed.
Total disclosure: I did skip a few days while I was at my dad’s for Thanksgiving – I’m sorry, but I wasn’t quite ready to give up my Thanksgiving morning doughnuts.
It was easy to not eat past 8pm – I rarely did anyway, and if I did, it was dessert and crap I didn’t need.
After about a month or so, I’ve lost about 3 pounds, and have noticed my skin being smoother. I give myself food cheat days, just like I did on WW, but am pretty healthy during the week and for dinners. I also don’t drink at all during the week, unless I am meeting friends for dinner.
Surprisingly, I really like doing this! It has gotten a lot easier to not be starving by noon, and I feel a lot better. I feel fuller faster, and don’t feel like I’m starving myself at all.
Recently, I’ve been doing WW and intermittent fasting, and it seems to be working really well for me. I’m keeping up with my workouts (my BarreAmped and cardio Popsugar), and I have noticed my body slimming down.
I think going forward, I’ll continue on with it. This is the most energy I’ve had in awhile, and since I like what I’m seeing in the mirror, I don’t really see a reason to stop it. Also full disclosure, I didn’t read much about the science behind this or all of the rules, so it’s possible that I’m doing it all wrong.
I would say if you’re on the fence about it, give it just a few weeks and see how you feel. It has really made a difference for me.