Has anybody out there heard of intermittent fasting? I honestly thought that is what I was doing, or did! In other words, I don’t eat all the time; I eat intermittently. Well the intermittent fast is definitely not what I do. It is also, NOT A DIET.
My hairdresser, as big around as a pencil, just told me she just started following this. First of all I asked “why?”. She is so tiny! I must have been her size when I was born! Her response, “I just want to lose my tummy weight”. Okay, I get it. Bathing suit season is here, or supposed to be. Time for shorts and those cute tops and dresses that bare all. I was intrigued so I started looking into this fast.
I began to research this fast method and found this website. It explains it in simple language that anybody can understand. It honestly makes sense.
Basically, you are giving up one meal. That’s an automatic reduction in calories. If you concentrate on proteins and low carbohydrates, there is no possible way you can’t lose pounds. While it doesn’t tell you how fast you lose the weight, it is inevitable that you will lose weight.
The article goes on to explain the fed state versus the fasting state. “When you are in the fed state, it’s very hard for your body to burn fat because your insulin levels are high.” This is science I can get behind as a nurse.
There are other benefits as well. It helps simplify daily life, causing less stress, since there are only two meal times to prepare for. “Scientists have long known that restricting calories is a way of lengthening life”. This may also be a key to reduce the risk of cancer.
In my opinion, this approach to a healthy lifestyle makes sense. I don’t want to forsake flavor. I don’t want to starve myself. I do want to live a long and healthy life. I also want to be able to enjoy food since I love to cook and eat.
When I think about it, there are days that I only get to eat two meals anyway. Maybe it’s my timing that has been off. As I look back on my younger years when I was thin, I may have only eaten one meal a day. When I was at my thinnest I remember saying frequently, “I forgot to eat; I’m hungry”. Now there’s a revelation!
I don’t think I have found the fountain of youth, nor the quick loss weight cure. I do think this is food for thought. No pun intended! I am going to concentrate on my timing and try to work on giving my body and my insulin levels a break. The “Daily Fast” is my fast of choice. I’ll let you know how it goes.
There are multiple articles on this subject. Form your own opinions and get back to me. If you decide to try intermittent fasting I would love to hear from you.
Til next time,
Quotes taken from “The Beginners Guide to Intermittent Fasting” by James Clear