My discovery of Intermittent Fasting
Thursday, February 20, 2020
I've tried many things to lose weight and improve my health as most everyone has on SP.
After hearing about Intermittent Fasting (IF) and digging in to find out more about it, I'm hooked! I read Delay Don't Deny by Gin Stephens and HIGHLY recommend that book. She lays it out in layman's terms and has all the data to back it up. I started IF around Feb 8th and have been tweaking my "eating window" as I went. I started at 16:8 (16 hours fasting and 8 hours eating.) That was easy enough to adjust to, but then the more I read the more I wanted to try moving to a 5 hour window, which is where I am currently. My window is from 3:00-8:00 pm.
It was scary at first. I am very much a person that loves to eat and always looked forward to the next occasion to eat. I would eat breakfast at my desk every morning and then continue to munch all day long. So going to work and planning to not eat until 3:00 pm sounded unheard of for me! I didn't think it was possible...but here I am, doing it and it's been a very easy transition. It's actually been very freeing for me. I don't have to think about what to pack and take to work to eat. I don't have to worry about counting calories and the stress of eating do's and don't's.
I've lost about 7 lbs so far, and I know that it's mostly water weight as they say. But more importantly is the way I feel! I can't believe how all around good I feel. More energetic, less aches and pains, focused, not sluggish...it just amazes me! I love it! I've been struggling with feeling so old, tired and achy lately so this has been the total answer for me!
I am having a hard time not telling anyone and everyone about it! Today I thought to myself, "would I stick with this even if I didn't lose any more weight?" and the answer is yes, I would just because I love the way it makes me feel and the freedom I feel from my food issues.
If you are reading this and interested I really suggest starting with Gin's book, Delay Don't Deny. That's another thing I love about this is that I can eat what I want (of course within reason) - and don't have to deny as long as I'm eating in my window! Freedom!