For the past few weeks I’ve been trying out an eating pattern called Intermittent Fasting. For those of you who don’t know, there are several different methods when it comes to ‘I.F’. The most popular being the 5:2 diet. However, the one I’m trying is 16:8. So basically you fast for 16 hours and have a period of 8 hours of being able to eat. I choose to have my 8 hours between 1-9pm meaning that most of my fasting is done whilst I’m asleep.
Intermittent Fasting is proven to have so many health benefits other than just losing weight however for me, the main reason I’m doing it is to drop a few lbs. The way it works, in a nutshell is by giving your body that regular time to fast and not eat, means it has time to release a chemical in your body that burns fat quicker.
To start with I found it really hard. Skipping breakfast and not having anything pass my lips, other than water or black tea/coffee until lunch time was pretty hard. But after a while, you start to get used to it, you start to see the benefits and you begin to feel a lot better.
The main way I overcame the whole eating thing and to ensure what I am eating is better for me was to meal prep. Before, I would get to lunch time head over to M&S and treat myself to some sort of pasta salad or wrap. Not only was that wasting money but It wasn’t any good for the waistline.
By meal prepping i’ve managed to stick to a routine of healthy eating, cutting down on costs and it’s also been a whole lot easier in the mornings. So for lunch I have this incredibly easy, couscous salad that literally takes minutes to make.
It really is as easy as this:
Boil the couscous in chicken stock.
Cook up the chicken breast in the oven, seasoned well with NO oil.
Chop your veg & add together in a bowl.
For extra taste, add some pesto or soy sauce
A few weeks in a quite a few lbs later, I’m loving this pattern of eating. I have a few holidays coming up and my brothers wedding this time next year, so for me it really is important to start cutting down. Not only for vanity reasons but I’ve began running again in order to get fitter. I’m the first to admit I’m not the fittest person in the world & it’s time to change.
Everyone is so different and this isn’t going to work for everyone. But for me, it’s the one thing I’ve managed to stick at and the one thing I’ve seen results with. ‘I.F’ is more of an eating pattern than a diet & for that reason, I’m loving it.
If any of you have tried ‘I.F’, then leave a comment below letting me know how you got on with it.
| Harrison |