I recently gave intermittent fasting a try and it definitely was a success so I thought I would share the results!
Intermittent Fasting Results
4 pounds down while I had my period (TMI), winning! I have a lot of weight to lose so was very happy with these results. I felt good over the course of the week and most days was easily able to make it to the 16 hour mark. Exercising wasn’t a habit I had picked up yet during this time, other than some small walks in the neighborhood.
16 hours was my fasting window, however, the length of time that I consumed food varied, so the 16:8 intermittent fasting ‘rules’ weren’t followed to a T. I would start the 16 hour fast at the end of my last meal/snack for the day. Another reason it wasn’t followed to a T is that I drank coffee every morning with cream and got an iced coffee at least once throughout the week which had cream and sugar.
Intermittent fasting isn’t the best option for everyone and the research should be done before giving it a try. Some people choose to only fast a couple days a week, which might be a good option too. I personally have a lot of weight to lose so wanted to give this eating pattern a try to see what all the hype was about. I may occasionally fast because doing so does have its benefits. There are already quite a few days in any given month where I am unintentionally fasting. This mostly happens on the weekends when I have things going on right away in the morning. I have not intentionally continued with intermittent fasting since I gave it a try for a full week.
My Personal Theory on Living a Healthy Lifestyle
My theory on a healthy lifestyle is that you should simply listen to your body. Eat when you’re hungry (not getting confused with boredom), focus on fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, complex carbs, and water while also making sure to be active. Moderation is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle as well. This is what worked for me in the past and is what I am trying to focus on again on my weight loss journey.