Hey ladies hope all is well with you! So there’s this “diet” that’s going around called intermittent fasting, and I really wanted to give it a try. Normally, when i’m trying to lose weight, I just skip a couple of meals and only eat 1 time a day. This helps me to get used to smaller portion sizes and also control my hunger, and is literally the only thing that helps me to lose weight. So when I read about Intermittent fasting I definitely wanted to give it a try.
Before when I would say that I don’t eat as much when i’m trying to lose weight people would assume that I have anorexia, or some other mental issues. I often felt guilty about losing weight because of the way I was doing it, But since Intermittent fasting came in I found out that I can still be healthy doing it that way, I just had to make sure I was educated.
I Try to wake up early in the morning usually between 6 and 7am. All the gurus say to drink water right when you wake up, and as much as I want to I just can’t remember to. I drank coffee for breakfast everyday. I usually have about 4 oz coffee, 4 oz (almond) milk, and I get a tasty creamer so I can simulate Starbucks as best as possible. It gets to be about noon, before I start getting hungry, and around 2 or so I get jittery from the coffee and no food. Eating time for me was between 2 and 8 pm. I’d often have a big lunch and then a snack, or a snack (sometimes 2) and then dinner depending on what I was doing that day.
So what did I Eat?
When I wasn’t fasting during 2 to 8pm I let myself have whatever I wanted (within reason). I made the best decision possible given where my day was taking me, but I’m not ashamed to say that I ate McDonalds some days and tacos from the taco truck on other days. I was successful meal prepping and that helped a lot. I prepped one meal and one snack and that was it. I made about 3 servings of the meal I made and put them in the refrigerator for when I was rushing, broke, or both!
For a Snack:
I often had these great “granola bars” that I meal prepped that had a nice amount of oats and some quinoa. They were really good and quite filing with a decent serving size of water. I made mine with white chocolate chips just so I could feel like I was eating something fun.
For a Meal:
I would go as hearty as possible for the meal. You want to feel full and you want something that will keep you satisfied through the rest of the night like a stew or a chili. Something that you can easily make at home, make it healthy, but that’s also tasty and filling.
In my honest opinion, intermittent fasting seems like something I can implement into my life because I can fast during the times when I’m busy and eat when i’m not. If you’re a busy person or work somewhere where you can take a late lunch, then I recommend you to try intermittent fasting. I specifically recommend it if you have only a small amount of weight to lose, or you want to maintain your current weight. I use this method when I have at the most 20 pounds to lose, and can’t recommend it for higher weight because that wasn’t my experience. Other than that it was relatively simple to implement into my life and I hope that you can find a similar experience.
And don’t forget to live your best healthy life sis!