Several of my clients have asked my opinion on Intermittent Fasting. Since I did not have any experience with this method of weight loss all I could say was that there is so many techniques for weight loss and weight maintenance and there is not one that works for everyone. So, personally I think we have to be sensible about what we try, but if we feel it is in line with some basic health and well-being principles why not to give it a go.
When my husband suggested we try Intermittent Fasting I thought why not, it might be time to give it a go. You might be asking if I am trying to lose weight? My goal is to get leaner, I am not really bothered about the number my scale shows.
Please bare in mind that the information I provide below is based on my research, not on my personal experience as I have only started today. I will update the information as I go. Please feel free to leave a comment with any question you have and I will do my best to answer.
What is Intermittent Fasting? Intermittent Fasting a pattern of eating. It does not change what you eat, it changes when you eat. However you have to keep in mind the basic principles of a healthy diet. There is no point doing fasting if you fast for 16 hours and then you eat crap and over-eat in your 8 hours eating window.
How does it work? You fast for 16 hours and you can eat in your 8 hours window. Some people cast for 18 hours and have 6 hours to eat, or it can be even 20hours / 4 hours ratio. I have decided to try the first option – 16 hours fasting and 8 hours eating window. Meaning the last time I eat is e.g. 8pm and then I fast till 12pm the following day, so the first meal of my day will be lunch.
My clients know that the basic rule I teach them is eating min. 5 times a day – smaller portions and more often, so intermittent fasting never really made much sense to me. However I believe that I need to educate myself in order to provide the best service possible to my clients, especially in case one way does not work for them and we have to try something else. Intermittent fasting is taking me completely out of my comfort zone as I love having my shake for breakfast without 30mins of waking up.
I think there are 2 crucial things to consider while fasting:
- Fuel your body with the right food – nutritious food is even more crucial in this case. There is no point in fasting for 16 hours and then eating like a pig in the next 8 hours, getting pizza, ice-cream and soda drinks.
- It has to have a structure. If you do not have breakfast, but then one day you will have your first meal at 10am, the next day at 11am, then at 9am, that is not fasting, that is just being silly. Your body needs to know when it is fasting and when it will get fed again.
I am including a picture that states benefits of fasting. This is a picture I found online and I cannot confirm whether it is true or not.
Do you have any experience with fasting? Please comment below!