I’ve been intrigued by the concept of intermittent fasting (IF) for a while now. The general idea is that you extend the amount of time between your last meal of the day and your first meal of the day, giving your body a longer “fasting” period. Proponents of IF claim that this practice can lead to a host of benefits, including weight loss, improved mental clarity and decreased inflammation.
I decided to give IF a try for one week to see if I could reap any of these benefits. Here’s a detailed account of my experience.
I started my week of IF by pushing back my dinner time by an hour. I wasn’t particularly hungry when I went to bed, but I was definitely ready for breakfast by the time my alarm went off at 6:30am. I made myself a cup of coffee and waited patiently for my stomach to growl.
I wasn’t really feeling the whole “fasting” thing yet, so I decided to go about my day as usual. I went to the gym, ate lunch and dinner on schedule, and went to bed feeling pretty satisfied.
I was a little hungrier than usual when I woke up on Tuesday, but I still didn’t feel the need to eat breakfast right away. I went to the gym and then made myself a smoothie around 10am. I wasn’t really hungry again until around 1pm, so I had some hard boiled eggs for a late lunch.
I was surprised at how easily I was able to go without food for longer periods of time. I had always thought of myself as someone who needed to eat every few hours, but apparently my body was fine with going a little longer without fuel.
I was starting to get into the groove of this whole IF thing by Wednesday. I had another smoothie for breakfast and didn’t start feeling hungry until late afternoon. I made myself a salad for dinner and called it a night.
I was really starting to enjoy the benefits of IF by Thursday. I felt more energetic and focused throughout the day, and I didn’t have any problem sticking to my fasting schedule. I had another smoothie for breakfast and a light dinner of soup and salad.
I was feeling great on Friday and was easily able to stick to my IF schedule. I had a light breakfast and dinner, and I even skipped lunch without feeling too hungry. I was definitely starting to notice a difference in my energy levels and overall well-being.
I slept in a bit on Saturday and didn’t have my first meal until around 11am. I wasn’t really hungry throughout the day, so I just had a light dinner. I went to bed feeling satisfied and woke up feeling rested and refreshed.
I decided to end my week of IF with a big breakfast. I made myself a delicious egg and avocado dish and didn’t feel the need to eat again until late afternoon. I was really pleased with how my week of IF had gone and was definitely planning on incorporating it into my regular routine.
Overall, I was really surprised and pleased with how well I adapted to IF. I didn’t feel starved or deprived at any point during the week, and I actually felt better than usual in terms of my energy levels and focus. I would definitely recommend IF to anyone who is looking to improve their health and well-being.