Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Intermittent fasting?


That’s the number that stared back at me from my scale on my Monday morning weigh in. It’s disgusting that I have put myself back here, it’s not good enough, and I deserve better from myself. But what it shows clearly is that what I’m doing at the moment is not working. Something has to change. It’s time for something drastic.

As luck would have it that evening I watched a documentary ‘eat,fast and live longer’ which investigated intermittent fasting. The documentary showed some dramatic weight loss and health benefits from this style of diet.

Well that put the idea in my head, so after a few hours trawling the internet for information I have determined to give it a go. I’m going to try doing the ‘eat, stop, eat’ system, where I have 1-2 24 hour ‘fasting’ periods a week. For example last meal dinner Monday night, fast, next meal dinner Tuesday night.

So being slightly impulsive, I've dived straight in and am currently half way through my first fast. I had dinner at about 8pm Monday night, and will be attempting to go till about the same time tonight before eating again. Depending on how it goes, I will try again Thursday or Friday. I’m planning to give this 3-4 weeks to see how my weight/training etc. is affected. But we will see how I feel after today’s experiment.

A few rules for this experiment:                                 
  1. Fast days must be light workout days. Today I’m planning on only doing a 30 min run
  2. This is not compensating for a terrible diet. I must make better food choices and eat healthily on normal days.
  3. Try to give it some time to see if it works. I can’t expect magical results after 1 day or even 1 week of this. It will still be months till I return to an acceptable weight.

So far it’s not too bad. I’m a little bit hungry, but not ridiculously so. I didn’t really miss my morning toast at all. I expect lunch time and the drive home to be hardest. But to be honest this is more because of the physiological side of things. I love my rituals, going to get a sandwich for lunch… or stopping at the bakery for a drink and something tasty for the drive home. I do have a backup plan, it’s not ideal, but if the worst comes and I cave, I’ll have a banana. But I’m going to be trying to avoid that.

** All this writing about food has been putting ideas in my head, and I’m not noticeably hungrier than when I started that paragraph. 

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