Friday, February 08, 2013
So I've been slightly nervous about telling people about what I'm doing these days. It's only just now starting to catch on, and here on Spark People it's non-existent. It goes against everything SP says about eating habits, but I've found that I REALLY like it and it has been working great for me over the past two months. Are you ready to hear what I've been doing?
I have been flexible intermittent fasting. That's right I spend two days a week (two, non-consecutive, 24 hour periods) not eating anything at all.
Last year, I'd heard of a few people intermittent fasting, but I didn't put any stock into it. I was like "Not a good idea, and definitely not for me"; however, I kept hearing about it. I read a bunch of people were starting to really like it. The final tipping point for me, where I decided I was really going to look into it, was when my favorite fitness lady said she was intermittent fasting. I did some research, and I bought and read "Eat, Stop, Eat" by Brad Pillion. As I was reading it, I thought about all the skinny people I know. Many of them fast and don't even realize they are doing it. I know people who regularly don't eat, just because they aren't hungry. In ESE, the author goes into great detail about why fasting is good for you (unless you have certain dietary/health concerns of course). I gave it a try and I've been doing it weekly ever since.
What I really love about fasting is that I don't have to count calories or worry a whole lot about what exactly I'm eating. I HATE counting calories, it makes me feel so constricted; but with fasting, I feel free of all of that. I just go 24 hours, then I eat fairly normally. What I do is I eat normally up until a certain meal (usually lunch for me) and then I stop eating after lunch until lunch the next day, thereby going 24 hours without food, but at the same time I still eat every day. I eat at home as often as I can, and I just keep my portion sizes to a reasonable amount and not go over board. In fact, the fasting has made it to where I don't even WANT to eat huge amounts any more. I'm naturally shrinking my appetite. I've been doing this long enough now that I actually don't feel all that hungry during my fasts. Whatever meal I've had that day seems to hold me well until the next day.
Doing this I've been consistently losing weight almost every week, which is something that I was never able to do before. It is the first sustainable solution for me that I've found. Food has always been my big problem with weight loss because I love food. I like to eat and feel full. I like cooking all kinds of foods. I now get to eat anything I want basically, I just have a smaller stomach so I'm not eating as much of it. I also find it is way easier for me to "just say no" to foods on my fasting days, then trying to count calories, or eat tons of really small meals.
To really do this right, you have to strength train. I have been doing a couple of strength training workouts a week to maintain/build a little muscle. I should probably work out more often then that, but it is not necessary and I've just been busy.
At any rate, if you have any interest at all I highly suggest reading "Eat, Stop, Eat" and maybe giving this a try! For me at least, I've found what I consider to be an easy, sustainable solution to eating right for the rest of my life and I love it!