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What's the Deal with Intermittent Fasting?

15.02.2019

I first heard about intermittent fasting a few years back when I was going through a phase of being obsessed with “What I Eat in a Day” videos on Youtube (idk, they intrigued me). But a few months back, I started hearing about it EVERYWHERE. Especially on The Skinny Confidential podcast. Lauryn Evarts, the founder and creator of The Skinny Confidential, swears by it and she’s had multiple health experts on her podcast that have raved about its health benefits.

 

With everyone and their brother talking about it, I just had to give it a try. But before we get to my thoughts, let’s break down what we’re talking about.

 

What is Intermittent Fasting?

 

what you eat, but whenarticle.The basic idea behind intermittent fasting is not to dictate you eat (but obviously healthy choices are best). There are a lot of ways that this can be done but the most popular is the 16:8 method. Fast for 16 hours a day and eat your meals within an eight-hour window. I know what you’re thinking, 16 hours without food seems like a death wish. But we already fast while we’re sleeping so it’s just a matter of extending that fast, so don’t be dramatic. You can still drink water, coffee and tea to hold you over during that time. For more in-depth info on how it works, check out this

 

There are a lot of health benefits associated with intermittent fasting, such as weight loss, lower insulin levels, reduced stress and inflammation in the body, and much more. I found a great article that lays out a lot of the benefits studied and explanations behind them, check it out here. With all the benefits it’s no wonder that so many people are giving it a try.

 

My Experience with Intermittent Fasting.

 

I’ve been doing intermittent fasting for a couple months now and I’ve gotta say… I love it. I eat my last meal of the day around 5/5:30 p.m. (like a grandma, I know) and then I don’t eat again until at least 9/9:30 a.m. the following day. The 16 hours goes quick, lemme tell ya. The one thing I do let myself have before I break the fast is a coffee with almond milk creamer and stevia. This is really for the benefit of those around me so I don’t act like a cranky zombie in the morning. Also, I love coffee. I make it my goal to do the 16:8 method Monday-Friday, and over the weekend I treat myself and don’t worry about it.

 

For me, the benefits I’ve noticed most are better digestion, weight loss and appetite control. Prior to doing this, I had absolutely ZERO self-control and I would consume anything I laid my eyes on. Not my proudest vice. But doing intermittent fasting has taught me to really listen to my body. My body is like, “Hey MC, you’re not hungry. Maybe don’t keep shoving donuts in your face?” and I’m like, “You’re right.” But on the flip slide, there are some mornings when I wake up and my body is telling me that I need to break the fast early. So I listen.  

 

Overall, I’m really happy with the results and I’m excited to continue this as a part of my diet and to see continued benefits. If you’re thinking about giving intermittent fasting a try, do your research first. It’s not right for everyone and certain health conditions. But if you don’t find a reason that you shouldn’t do it, I say go for it!

 

If you have any questions about intermittent fasting and my experience, let me know! And if any of y’all do some variation of intermittent fasting, I want to hear about your experience. Comment below!

 

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