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My Intermittent Fasting Journey: Time to Fess Up!

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Have you ever heard of a style of eating called intermittent fasting? I first heard of it in the fall of 2014 when I listened to a podcast and was really intrigued by the concept. It’s not a “diet” but rather a style of eating. Personally, I try to always tweak what I’m doing to keep from getting bored and had gotten to a place in my fitness routine where I just felt stuck. There was a bit of flab on my hips that wouldn’t go away no matter how I exercised or switched up my diet. Then, I read a book that talked about how misled we are by the food pyramid and the metabolism myth. So, I thought “what the heck I might as well try this.”I have to admit that I bought into the eating every 2-3 hours to maintain my metabolism hype and frequently regurgitated it to my patients and people I coached. Then, I started to actually educate myself and do a bit of research.

Intermittent fasting just makes sense to me because it allows your body to burn fat for energy instead of glucose. Think about it critically. If we are always putting food into our mouths we train our bodies to need that food for energy and burn sugar to function instead of fat. If we don’t continue the food fest we will often get crabby, jittery, feel like our blood sugar has dropped and get down right HANGRY! Personally, that wasn’t a pretty sight.

There’s no strict meal plan to follow you just need to pick a window of time where you will eat. For, me I eat between 12 pm and 8 pm daily. But, other people eat in a 6 or 4 hour window.
A recent study highlighted by the New York Times has helped debunk that myth of eating every 2 hours. They found that increased meal frequency does not improve weight loss.

I have to admit that when I decided to try this out in February of 2015 I was afraid that I would feel hungry and hate every minute of it. But, so far everything is going well. I have been able to reduce my exercise to 30 minutes a day and still feel like I am lean without starving myself. I focus on eating my paleo/whole foods meal plan I always did, but eat it during my 8 hour window. I’ve even had a few cookies and don’t have food guilt.

It’s all about balance, right?

I will keep you posted as I tweak things. I may even try a 6 hour window with a few carb re-feeds to see how it goes.

Let me know what you think and if you’ve tried it.


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