I grew up under the mentality of “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” You too? Or have you heard, “eat 3 meals per day with snacks (or 6 small meals) to keep your metabolism revved up?” Me too.
I was a super active athlete in my younger years, and ate mostly healthy foods (thanks Mom!), so this worked for me. It made sense… keep calories keep coming in and the body will stay in active mode. I never had a weight problem, and in fact, was always thin and fit. However, due to health problems and other factors, I gained weight in my 40’s. I couldn’t lose a pound despite doing Whole30, Keto, Paleo, exercising 5+ days per week, and even trying diet gimmicks like green tea and supplements. I went about my life thinking this was just the “new me.”
Until I met my new, lifelong best friend… Intermittent Fasting.
What is Intermittent Fasting? Simply put, it’s not eating for most of each day. The process of fasting for a certain length of time puts your body into the same state that lower carbohydrate diets do (ketosis), and leads to healing and weight loss, without all the fuss.
I have never found anything so easy, affordable, and sustainable. Aren’t these always the issues with other “diet plans?” They are complicated, expensive, and hard to keep up with long term.
Now way did I ever think I could handle even skipping breakfast, let alone working out while skipping it. And then not eat until later afternoon. And no snacking after dinner? What??? How could anyone stand doing this? Boy was I wrong.
Skip breakfast, and you’re probably over 12 hours already. 16+ hours is recommended for benefits, though I find that 18+ hours is best for weight loss. Delay lunch, and you’re there. Eat what you want… even alcohol or ice cream. Healthy foods are always best, but treats are okay. Feel satisfied and fuller quicker. Exercise while fasting and feel great.
During fasting, you are able to have black coffee, plain tea, water (sparkling is fine, but unflavored). This keeps your fasting “clean.” You can eat whatever you want within your eating window, which is the beauty of the program. You also have flexibility… eat dinner late or have a party to attend on the weekend? No worries; Just adjust your fasting schedule or skip a day.
I have been doing this for 45 days and have lost 7 pounds, but the real victory is that my body has changed – I’ve gone down in clothing sizes, and have lost a lot of inflammation. I don’t feel deprived or stressed with meal prep or counting calories or carbs. I have more energy and simply feel amazing!
Intermittent Fasting isn’t a diet; it’s a lifestyle. I know this statement has been overused, but it’s true in this case. No restrictions, just delay eating. Burn fat. Adapt to eating less during eating window. Have flexibility with social events. Fit into clothes better. Gain energy and better health. Lose weight over time – slowly and efficiently to keep it off… For Life.
There are plenty of dietary options that work – it’s up to each of us to figure out which best suits our needs, our budget and our lifestyle! I’m happy to work with each of you to figure out what your sweet spot is for nutrition!
If you’re interested in reading more about Intermittent Fasting I recommend:
Delay, Don’t Deny: Living an Intermittent Fasting Lifestyle by Gin Stephens
If you like the “sciency” stuff… also add:
The Obesity Code, by Jason Fung, MD.
If you’re interested in speaking with Terri about Nutrition Coaching (intermittent fasting or otherwise), please reach out to her directly by emailing her Terri@revpilatesgym.com
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