What is Intermittent Fasting?
According to Wikipedia: “Intermittent fasting is an umbrella term for various eating protocols that cycle between a period of fasting and non-fasting over a defined period.” So basically you eat in a pre-determined time period and fast for the rest of the time. The idea is to give your digestive system a period of rest (fast) which will cause the body to tap into an alternative fuel source (body fat). The idea is the longer you fast the more fat you burn.
In addition to weight loss, intermittent fasting has been shown to Improve mental clarity and concentration, assist in lowered blood insulin and sugar levels. It aids in increasing energy and human growth hormone. Currently, it is also looked at as a potential treatment for the reversal of Type 2 diabetes and the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.
These are my personal results. I am not a medical professional. As with starting any weight loss plan, it is best that you consult your doctor. You and your doctor can tailor a plan that is specific to you and your health care needs.
I started my round of I.F (Intermittent Fasting) by first fasting for a complete 24 hours. During that time I drank water, coffee or unsweetened tea. It wasn’t hard, to be honest. I did it on a day that I would be home so I slept and rest to help myself adjust. This is a major key point! We have to set ourselves up for success beauties. Socializing or being super busy and stressed will end your fast before it even begins. After that first 24 hours, I decided on my eating and fasting schedule. I decided that eating in a 6-hour window and fasting for 18 hours was my sweet spot. So a basic day would be; I would eat my first meal at about 11:30 am. I will then proceed to eat my meals over the course of 6 hours. Remember calorie restriction still applies if you want to have good results. After 6 hours which would put me to about 5:30-6:00pm, I am done eating my calories for today. I drink unsweetened tea, water with lemon or apple cider vinegar.
As the days went by the fasting, phase got easier and I started to notice I wasn’t hungry all the time and that my mind was clear and focus.
The weight literally melted off, I got down to 193 pounds which I stopped it because I felt comfortable at that size. In addition to that, I also receive some of the benefits that I mentioned earlier in the post. My greatest benefit was even better than the weight loss.
My blood pressure was reading normal. I am talking 122/75 normal. Having both a dad and a brother that suffered an aneurysm this was the best benefit of all. Good health.