My last post spoke in detail about what is intermittent fasting, I also discussed fasting for weight loss and fasting for spiritual reasons. Today I want to answer some of your questions. Any other questions or comments please send me a DM or join my Facebook group (Never Fat Again Fasting CHEATCODE).
How do I get started?
My mantra is to keep it SIMPLE. Don’t get bogged down with terms and all the rules floating around. Just do what works for you and what you can fit into your schedule, why? because the more simple it is to incorporate into your schedule the more likely you will ACTUALLY DO IT and maintain it longterm making it a healthy lifestyle change.
I focus on the 3 specific major meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) instead of specific times. As a beginner I started by skipping lunch once a week. After I got comfortable with this and realised how simple it was (and it worked!), I progressed to skipping lunch every other day. Next I progressed to skipping both breakfast and lunch every week. Then skipping both breakfast and lunch every other day. Take your time with this, once you feel comfortable and the habit is formed this will become like second nature–you won’t event be hungry all day until dinner time. Now after practicing fasting for almost 5 years, I fast everyday.
What is your fasting regimen?
My fasting regimine depends on if i’m trying to lose weight and how quickly I need to get the weight off. If I’m fasting to quickly lose weight because I recently gained a lot of weight or because I’m planning for an upcoming event i’m a lot more strict and I skip both breakfast and lunch everyday and only eat dinner. While i’m fasting I drink at least 2 litres of water. At dinnertime and thereafter I break my fast with a low carb meal and/or low carb snacks. If I’m not fasting for weight lost i’m less strict and when I break my fast at dinnertime and thereafter I eat whatever I want.
What do you eat?
I eat low-carb when not fasting. That allows me to most benefit from that fast by limiting the calories/fats that I’m consuming. Your body stores carbs as fats and burns it off when you exercise or fast. If you want your body to burn the fat that you already have (and lose weight) limit your intake of carbs. The important thing when eating any carbs is portion control and eating high glycemic index carb alternatives. Keep your carb intake small by putting your carb in a small bowl or saucer to make sure you don’t overeat. Examples of high glycemic index carb alternatives are whole wheat pasta or bread and sweet potato instead of white potatoe and brown sugar instead of white sugar etc.
What time do you eat dinner?
I usually break my fast at 5pm and have dinner around that time or anytime thereafter. I don’t focus on times, focus on your 3 major meals of the day (breakfast, lunch, dinner).
Is fasting sustainable?
Yes, fasting is sustainable i’ve been using fasting for almost 5 years to maintain a healthy weight. Once you become comfortable with fasting it becomes a lifestyle change and habit that transforms your life, makes you more disciplined, and puts you in control of your relationship with food and your body.
Between what times do you eat?
I don’t focus on times, focus on your 3 major meals of the day (breakfast, lunch, dinner). Why? Because if their are any slight changes to your schedule not your whole eating plane is thrown off, you panic and just eat bad as an excuse. But technically speaking I fast between 5am-5pm and allow myself food between 5pm-5am. This is some variation of the One Meal A Day (OMAD) fast.
What are carbs?
Carb are carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are starches, fiber and sugar that can be found in high amounts in some foods. Carbs are not bad, they provide the fuel that your body needs for its processes, however in excess amounts your body stores excess carbs as FAT to be used/burned off later and herein is why you gain weight if you eat carbs in excess especially if your don’t exercise or fast. Foods high in carbs include rice, bread, macaroni, potatoes and sugary foods. These foods are considered to be of low glycemic index meaning your body stores them as fat. Carbs of high glycemic index are burned off more quickly instead of stored and include whole wheat breads, pasta, wheat rice, sweet potatoes, brown sugar etc. Even carbs of high glycemic index should be eaten in small portions if your goal is to lose weight.