Wednesday, July 03, 2013
I'd say it has been about a month (or slightly over) since I started the Intermittent Fasting regime. Here's how it looks so far:
- I have way more energy than before. When I'm at the gym after a long day, I'm ready to give it my all. I haven't felt like this in years!
- I am never hungry to the point of weakness. When I first started intermittent fasting (IM), I went the first few days fighting my hunger pangs but my body adjusted very quickly. I learned the various types of hungers and know that my body was programmed to demand food, without physically needing it. And no, my metabolism didn't slow down because:
- I am consistently losing weight. Every week, I've lost some weight. During the days I didn't, I lost size. As I write this, I'm wearing a shirt that fits me perfectly that I haven't wore like this in more than 5 years! My waist has lost some. My neck has lost some. Although I'm looking at the weighing machine everyday, I do it for confirmation rather than results. I mean:
- I'm not really on a diet. I eat healthy, until I'm satisfied. I also eat junk occasionally, especially on the weekends, and don't stress over it. The weight scale goes up after the days I've had cake or chocolate, or a generous serving of bread/rice. But consistent exercise and laying off the bad carbs for a few days brings me right back to where I had left off before I had the bad carbs. The weight scale dips back down. So essentially, I'm using the scale to confirm and as a tool to get better tuned with my body.
I look different in the mirror. I still have tummy flab but it feels softer and more flexible; more loose. People around the office have started commenting. Friends and family are noticing. And I feel very proud of myself. It's very motivating. Secretly, I wish they wouldn't stop commenting, because it just motivates me so much.
I know I've said again and again that I'm committed. But this really is different. I have set an aggressive, but realistic goal for the next 7 weeks. It will be an ultimate achievement for me if I can get there. It's not my end goal, but it would be a very significant milestone on my fat loss journey.
Yes, exercise is important. But more important is eating healthy.
Yes, eating healthy is important. But most important is staying consistent.
Yes, staying consistent is important. But your ultimate payoff will come with patience.