The word “fasting” provokes images in my mind of weeks with no food, hunger pangs, out of body experiences, protesting injustices and just bad thoughts. So when I first came across an article on Marks Daily Apple, I paid no attention. Surely I could get fit and healthy without starving myself. But more and more I was seeing the term pop up on various web sites and I was intrigued.
First off, intermittent fasting (IF) is not a one size fits all. There are various ways to IF which is what drew my attention. Nerd Fitness describes IF as:
- Regularly eat during a specific time period. For example, only eating from noon-8 PM, essentially skipping breakfast. Some people only eat in a 6-hour window, or even a 4-hour window.
- Skip two meals one day, taking a full 24-hours off from eating. For example, eating on a normal schedule (finishing dinner at 8PM) and then not eating again until 8PM the following day.
This week has been a little off for me due to the Cowboy game (nachos and brisket burger) and last nights birthday party for my daughter (pizza and cake) so I was struggling with the best way to combat the extra calories and carbs I have ingested. And so here we are with week one of IF! I think what will work best for me is the skipping breakfast. Not every day but I may give it a shot a couple times a week. Having gone paleo, I do feel much more satiated and don’t always feel the need to eat. A good point I read somewhere is that we are programmed to eat three to six times a day, regardless. But if I’m not hungry, why eat?
But this doesn’t mean I will starve myself. By cutting out an entire meal, I am able to eat MORE food during my other meals and still consume a caloric deficit (which is an important for losing weight). However, as we already know that not all calories all created equal, so the timing of meals can also influence how my body reacts.
I started this morning and will do it again tomorrow since my weigh in day is Saturday and picture updates so we’ll see how and if this helped combat the cheats this week.