Hey friends! I hope you guys are having a great week so far! I wanted to chat a little bit about intermittent fasting. Since doing the Faster Way to Fat Loss program, I have been getting lots of questions about this topic. And since so many of us (myself included) are still trying to end the holiday gluttony, I figured now is a good time to tell you what I know.
What is it?
How can you live without eating breakfast?
Can I still drink my coffee?
When can I start eating again?
Doesn’t your body store fat because it thinks you are starving it?
You guys had some amazing questions, all of which went through my mind before I started fasting myself. So, let’s start with a brief explanation of what intermittent fasting is. Intermittent fasting is limiting your eating window to a shorter time period. When you are not eating, your body will be in a “fasted” state for the majority of the day.
Most people do a 16 hour fast and an 8 hour eating period. So, that commonly looks like skipping breakfast, eating around noon, then again around dinner time, and stop eating by 8:00pm. This gives you an 8 hour window to consume your food (12:00pm-8:00pm), and a 16 hour window of fasting (8:00pm-12:00pm). You can adjust this according to your schedule, so if you need to eat at 10am, then have an early dinner and stop eating by 6pm.
Fasting has so many benefits, one being it allows your body to have the chance to burn fat stores instead of burning the food it has just consumed!!!!
Before I started intermittent fasting, I thought there’s no way I can do this. I was so used to eating breakfast and I would get hungry again around 10:30, so how could I not eat ALL MORNING and wait until lunch time? I sort of eased my way into it, even before doing the Faster Way to Fat Loss. I used to have a chai tea latte and breakfast every morning. I then started to just enjoy my chai tea and skipped breakfast about 4-5 days a week. It actually wasn’t that hard and I found that I was less hungry mid morning if I DIDN’T eat anything for breakfast. When I made the switch to a consistent intermittent fasting schedule, it was easier than I thought it would be. It’s nice, especially on busy mornings, to not worry about what I’m going to eat, and instead help my kiddos get ready for school and out the door.
It’s believed that if you consume more than 50 calories, you will break your fast. So, I knew my chai tea lattes would have to be given up if I wanted to stay in a fasted state. I gave them up cold turkey. It wasn’t easy, and I got a headache for about a week. But, after that, my body got used to it. Now, if I want a chai tea, I wait until the afternoon, make sure it fits into my macros for the day, and then enjoy one after I have broken my fast. It’s a nice treat every now and then!
For you coffee drinkers out there, you CAN still drink your coffee in the morning! Hallelujah! Just be sure that whatever you are adding to your coffee does not exceed 50 calories. You may have to make some adjustments to your creamer or sweeteners to ensure you stay below that mark.
Studies show that intermittent fasting can actually raise the metabolic rate anywhere from 3-14%! Giving your body that longer period of fasting allows it to use your fat as it’s main source of energy. Fasting daily also allows your body’s cells to detox.
On the Faster Way to Fat Loss program, you are eating plenty of food, the right kinds of foods, so you are never hungry. The amount you consume varies depending on the day, but I rarely feel hungry, even in the morning. Staying busy helps tremendously! If you are used to eating a breakfast burrito while checking your email at work, maybe change up your routine for a couple of weeks until you stop craving that habitual burrito. Sometimes we aren’t necessarily hungry, but rather think we are hungry based on our routines. Drinking a lot of herbal teas and water also helps during your fasting time. I love infusing my water with fresh fruit and herbs!
Not saying I will never eat breakfast again (I do cheat periodically), but I have seen how intermittent fasting has made a big difference in my body and how I feel, so I am a believer! Have you tried it? What are your thoughts?
If you have any other questions, feel free to leave a comment below and I will do my best to answer them!