Intermittent Fasting?

I’ve been going to the gym for several months now. I workout 3 times a week doing Pilates for 2 days and Aquatics for 1. I have the beginning of osteoporosis in my hip and needed to work on strength and flexibility. These classes have done wonders for me. I feel better and have more energy. I feel like I’m finally doing something positive for myself and my health.

One thing I’ve noticed however, is that these low impact exercises do nothing to help me lose weight. I hate dieting and can never seem to stick to one. My husband mentioned a few weeks ago that he is considering a fasting diet. It’s easier for him to skip meals than try to do a traditional diet regime. Although I was intrigued, I poo-pooed the idea. I was always told to never skip meals as a way to lose weight. Your body thinks it’s starving and will start to hoard fat. Right? Apparently not. Your body doesn’t need several small meals throughout the day like we’ve been taught all these years. Oh, and you don’t have to eat breakfast. What!?!

I guess it’s true. The focus is no longer on what you eat. Also, the time of day you start fasting is not as important either. So all non-breakfast eaters can start cheering now. You can adjust to meet your own needs. Are you a night owl? A morning person? Doesn’t matter because you make your own schedule.

Although there are several ways to fast, the most common and easiest for beginners is the 16/8 Intermittent Fast, or IF for short. 16/8 is a 16 hour fast followed by 8 hours of regular eating. While fasting, you can still drink water, coffee, tea, non-sugary, non-calorie drinks. Unfortunately for me, that means no more cream in the coffee….. unless I switch to a non-sugar creamer. I’ve used that before and it’s not so bad.

I’m going to set my fasting hours for 6 pm to 10 am and see how that works. I’ll give it a couple of weeks and write about my progress. Wish me luck!

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