After a week Intermittent Fasting, I have lost 900g! A lot/Few? Let get through the analysis.
To start with I will say, the results are The results so from my part to complain about them would be Insanity. I Simply Got What I worked For, I GOT WHAT I DESERVE!
How was the whole week?
Intermittent Fasting was pretty cool, actually Really Easy as I stick to some Golden Rules!
On Mondays and Thursdays, I do a Religious Fasting which means NO FOOD AND DRINKS FROM 5am to 4.30pm. I normally PUSH THE FAST TILL I feel Hungry, lethargic, think too much about food, or feel uncomfortable.
Any Reason is good enough, the Job is done as I I Fasted over than the set time, so I am Free and satisfied to break the Fast!
The Rest of the week I do Intermittent Fasting following the 16/8 protocol. This implies that I Fast 16 hours and can eat in a window of 8 hours, generally two meals.
Unlike Monday and Thursday, the rest of the week is more complicated.
The key component is "busyness"! How busy am I?
Many people out there think that Intermittent Fasting is hard! But half of us don't eat/skip breakfast so HALF OF US ARE TECHNICALLY INTERMITTENT FASTING.
Remember IF is not eating or consuming Food/Liquid with calories for a minimum of 12 HOURS, JUST 12 HOURS.
WHAT IS THE CATCH?
The longer You Intermittent Fast, the FASTER YOU LOSE WEIGHT AND ALSO GET OTHER LINKED BENEFITS!
Ok I return to the week analysis
I was taking About Busyness...
Wednesday is an easy day to IF as I work from 5-1pm then pick my boys from school at 3pm, go with them to Small Football School 4-5pm session (my Football Academy).
Baring in mind that my last meal was on Tuesday at 9-9.30pm and that I can only SIT AND EAT SOMETHING AT 5.30-6pm the earliest on Wednesday...
YOU GOT IT, I AM SO BUSY THAT I CANNOT SIT DOWN AND BEFORE, SO IN TOTAL I SPEND 20-22hours without FOOD! AND I DON'T NOTICE IT AS I AM BUSY!
The others days of the week are more complicated mainly for the Lack of BusYness and The Presence of Cardio workout in the morning!
I always feel HUNGRIER on Friday and Sunday Morning. I could never understand why!
I read some articles which gave me the answer to my question. Cardio workouts JUST MAKE YOU FEEL HUNGRIER!
I totally buy into it, as I experienced it for years.
That being said my Friday, Saturday and Sunday are Harder to Fast because of the Spin classes I run and the fact that I spend a lot of time at home with the family, so I get caught in the family routine!
How do I assess my first IF Week?
It has been very positive a 7/10 mark I would say.
I am happy because I maintained the IF the whole week the longest I stayed without food was 25-26 hours and the shortest 14hours.
I am happy satisfied because I made it work for me, which is a requirement if you want to stick to something!
There is room for improvement! Although I followed the IF, I failed to listen to my Body. In fact I ate when I "thought" I had to and NOT WHEN I FELT I NEEDED TO.
IN GENERAL, I AM SIMPLY NOT HUNGRY. I JUST DESIRE TO EAT!
Secondly, I did OVEREAT, YES I OVERATE MOST OF THE DAYS! In pretty much each of my meals I kept on eating to empty my plates when MY STOMACH WAS SENDING ME SIGNS OF STOPPING TO EAT AS I WAS SATIATED!
My battle is NOT WITH HUNGER, IT IS SIMPLY TO REPLACE BAD/POOR HABITS WITH THE RIGHT LIFESTYLE HABITS.
I have been a compulsive eater my whole Life, so to Eat Little or Not at All is NOT PHYSICALLY DEMANDING. IT IS CHALLENGING, AS INDULGED MYSELF IN POOR EATING PATTERNS MY WHOLE LIFE.
ONE DAY AT A TIME, I WILL GET THERE!