Does intermittent fasting and weight loss go together or is it just another torture technique that has been popularized by hollywood? The first time I heard about it I thought that it sounded horrible. Like a way to purposely starve yourself when you don’t need to at all.
But, like anything I thought I would give it a shot. And after a few months of giving it a test drive, my body responded great!
Although the journey was not easy, it ended up being like one of those movies your friend drags you to see and you end up loving in the end.
For me, I have always struggled with the food part of health and fitness. Not because I don’t like food, but mostly because I don’t think it should be like a science project. I don’t count calories, I like beer, and I get plenty of exercise. So in theory, it should be that hard right?
Well not always…
The General Rule of Weight Loss
My general rule of weight loss is that you will lose weight if you are on a calorie deficit. So if you burn 2000 calories in a day, get in some exercise and only take in 1800 calories you should come out ahead (the un-sciency method). Aside from talking about what to eat, whole grains and fruits and veggies protein and fiber, then by following the general rule you can hit your goals.
The hard part is that we get stressed, have cravings, lose control, and the spiral begins!
Intermittent fasting and weight loss is a tool in your everyday health toolbox to help you control cravings, allow you to splurge now and again, and stay healthy.
How To Make Intermittent Fasting and Weight Loss Work
There are several methods of intermittent fasting and I have found the 16 hour fast the easiest. In the beginning, I started small by extending the time I would eat breakfast each day and eventually worked up to the 16 hour fast.
For me, my schedule looks like this:
8pm, I take in my last calories (meal, drink, etc.)
Noon the next day, I break my fast (breakfast…get it?!)
So essentially I eat the same amount of calories in a normal day and do it a 8 hour period from 12 to 8.
I do this for 3 to 4 days in a row then have a day where I eat a regular schedule. Once that day is over, I’m really not that hungry and going back to fasting is really easy.
Once I did this for a month or so my body go on board and I really started to control my appetite. No more hangry feelings and I started to lose weight!
Day By Day With Intermittent Fasting and Weight Loss
Now that I am used to IF and know what works for me and what doesn’t, I will modify it based on my work schedule. My goal is to get at least a 12 hour fast during the week a few times, especially after a weekend of brewery tours!
It helps control my weekly calorie intake, and become friends with the scale.
Intermittent fasting and weight loss do go hand and hand. For me it is a method to control my diet that goes along with my workschedule.
If you want to find something a little different that is not a diet and help you lose weight, I recommend this intermittent fasting 80/20 plan!