Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Fast Facts

I completed my first week of Intermittent Fasting.  There are many different periods to fast for in any given week, but I chose one that was relatively "watered down."  If you are interested in the potential benefits of IF, head on over to 2 Meal Mike's site and do a little reading.  I also recommend. a look at Dr. Eades site for some additional sciency stuff.

WHY did I decide to do this?
My goal is ultimate health.  I know I carry about 15lbs of pure fat around my hips and waist that is NOT doing me a bit of good. I lost about 80lbs in 2004/5 by counting points on Weight Watchers and exercising to home workout DVD's.  After 2 babies in less than 2 years, I had most of the weight back and lost most of it ALL OVER AGAIN by counting calories.  I feel that I am overly obsessed with the almighty calorie and the number on the scale.  Moreover, I have stalled this last 9 months within 15lbs of where I want to be.

WHAT am I doing?
I am doing a version of Intermittent Fasting that places me within an 8 hour window with which to eat and 16 hours of fasting.  I eat healthily, mostly plant based foods and whole grains.  I love sugar, but limit it...or try.  I am not a vegan, vegetarian, or any other -arian.  I just want to eat healthy, whole foods that taste good.

HOW did the first week go?
I was strict to the plan 5/7 days of last week.  Two of the days, I had snacks in the evening and one day we went out to eat and had some desserts and lovely cheese sauces that I wouldn't normally have.  I noticed right away that the 9am - 5pm window had to be flexed just a little.  We start school at 9am - so I eat about 8:45.  My last daycare child leaves at 5:15 - so supper is at 5:30.  Other than that, I stuck to it.  I wasn't overly hungry during my workouts, but was glad to eat when it was time.  I didn't see a difference in performance at all.

RESULTS?
I didn't count calories all week and that was extremely liberating.  I hopped on the scale this morning and was down 1/2lb.  Not stellar, but a move in the right direction.  And hey, if I don't have to count every blessed calorie that goes in to my mouth I'll take the small loss.  I plan to continue for 3 more weeks, and then check my body fat percentage.  I think the lack of evening snacks is a real help in creating a calorie deficit and the fasting workouts don't hurt the cause either.

Comments?



4 comments:

  1. Not counting anything and still losing something would be a success for me!! I'm interested in seeing how it works for you in your 3 weeks left :)

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  2. Thanks, Lauren. I have felt a mental sigh of relief as to the simplicity, and not kicking myself for having a treat has helped my overall outlook!

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  3. Hmm I will be very interested to see the results of this. I know I get hungry at night and I can't fall asleep if I'm hungry. Are you super hungry in the morning?

    Keep us posted! :-)

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  4. I think my evening hunger has been taken care of by eating a little hardier dinner. I also am in bed by 9:30/10 at the latest. I workout early morning and am pretty hungry by 9am but not horribly so.

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