Tuesday, August 14, 2012
It's my first day back on intermittent fasting and I'm currently 4 hours into the fasting state and feeling a bit like I want to rant, not because I'm hungry, but because of the criticism I've faced here on SparkPeople because of my choice of what time of day I decide to put food in my mouth. I'm eating all my calories, I'm exercising almost every day... People are still going to be whining about my metabolism, I bet.
People are terrified of what they don't know, they hear "fast" and think "starving yourself of nutrients" but I'm eating all my calories, hitting all my nutrient goals, so what if I didn't spread it all out and be hungry as **** because small meals just don't satisfy me. I'll be sitting there watching the clock all day, wondering when I'm going to get my next handful of food. It's maddening. Screw 5-6 small meals, it's bull**** for me. If it works for you, good job, keep at it and hope you lose all your weight that way.
It's all about people's relationship with food. I'm shaking it up and trying to break the want for food and replacing it with need for food. When I'm hungry, stomach growling (usually around 12PM) I'll start my eating window. I'll have 5 hours to eat all my daily calories. I can fit 3 meals into this 5 hour eating window and usually finish around 4:30, but I keep 30 minutes wiggle room, if I want to munch on trail mix at my desk or something. After that, no eating until noon tomorrow. No more clock watching because I know "no more eating today." In the time I'm not eating, my body has a chance to digest my food better instead of it constantly having to work around all the new mini meals I keep shoveling down there.
If I'm going out to dinner with family, I just push my eating window back until later in the day, no big deal. It's more flexible for me than 5-6 small meals all day, that leave me feeling hungry, deprived, defeated.
I'm satisfied on this eating plan, I have plenty of energy for exercise, I don't feel tired and hungry all day. Why hate on it? You don't understand? You think it's wrong? Well, sorry you're missing out on it, guess you can't handle a little hunger pang which isn't even true hunger, just your body's connection with that food.