Sunday, December 5, 2021

Intermittent Fasting: week one

You more than likely have heard of this newly popular “diet” from the media. However, it has actually been part of other cultures and religions for generations. In many places around the world, it is thought that fasting helps to cleanse the body, mind, and soul. Therefore, many people practice fasting through certain days of the year as part of their cultural or religious practices. While I am far from being “overweight”, I do feel that I could benefit from losing a couple pounds, toning up, and getting back in shape. Before I had my son, I was about 115 pounds. I gained about 30 pounds over the course of my pregnancy, most of which I lost after my son was born. Unfortunately, the birth control that I was put on caused significant weight gain in a short amount of time. By the time I got off of the medication, I had gained back my pregnancy weight. Since changing my birth control method, I have lost at least 12 pounds which is notable to me, but I still yearn to lose more. My hope is that intermittent fasting can help me achieve my goal. Let’s find out!

Is intermittent fasting right for you? A quiz for women from www.dofasting.com.

  1. How familiar are you with fasting?
  2. Expert
  3. I’ve heard a thing or two
  4. Beginner
  5. What time during the day do you feel the most hungry?
  6. Morning
  7. Afternoon
  8. Evening
  9. At what time do you usually eat breakfast?
  10. Skip it
  11. 6 am – 8 am
  12. 8 am – 10 am
  13. 10 am – 12 pm
  14. At what time do you usually eat lunch?
  15. Skip it
  16. 10 am – 12 pm
  17. 12 pm- 2 pm
  18. 2 pm – 4 pm
  19. At what time do you usually eat dinner?
  20. Skip it
  21. 4 pm – 6 pm
  22. 6 pm- 8 pm
  23. 8 pm – 10 pm
  24. How do you prepare your meals?
  25. I cook them myself
  26. I eat at restaurants
  27. I do both
  28. Fasting on weekends-is it for you?
  29. Impossible
  30. I can do it
  31. Easy!
  32. How physically active are you?
  33. Work out hero 3 – 5 times per week
  34. Light-mode 1 – 2 times per week
  35. A newbie (just starting) I have workouts and stretches that I do with my son but, it is hardly a regular weekly occurrence.
  36. What are your working hours?
  37. 9 – 5 job
  38. Night job
  39. Mixed
  40. I am retired
  41. Describe your job
  42. Sedentary work
  43. Physical work
  44. A mix of both
  45. How willing are you to lose weight?
  46. I just want to try fasting
  47. I want to try it and lose some weight
  48. I want to lose the maximum amount of weight
  49. Does any of the following apply to you?
  50. I am pregnant
  51. I have diabetes
  52. I am breastfeeding
  53. None of the above
intermittent fasting

The results of my answers to this quiz from www.dofasting.com are that I do qualify for the intermittent fasting “diet”, it is safe for me to begin and I should reach my goal weight by January 2020. I have to say that it seems a little too optimistic of a timeline but, I am choosing to be positive!

After taking the quiz and decided to give intermittent fasting a try I chose an app to download and help me stay on track. This app is called The BodyFast App and through it, I was able to pick my weekly plan and set my eating/fasting schedule.

I want to lose about 20 pounds in total but, I don’t want to shock my body by jumping into the more extreme fasting options so, I chose the 14-10 intermittent fasting program where I will skip having a late dinner. I am a morning person and cannot start my day without coffee and breakfast so, for me, skipping (late) dinner is more conducive to my lifestyle.

I will be fasting from 6 pm every night until 8 am every morning. During this time I am allowed to consume water or unsweetened teas and coffees. During my “eating hours,” it may seem like a can eat whatever I want. Which is generally what people believe about the fasting diet. However, the best way to see the results you want will be to limit the amount of junk you consume during your “eating hours”. So far today I have consumed:

  • 1 hard-boiled egg and spinach salad with a light drizzle of ranch dressing and a sprinkle of flax seeds
  • 1 full everything bagel with cream cheese
  • A few bites of leftover baked ziti
  • 2 cups of coffee with a tablespoon of creamer (each)
  • 1 glass of water

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Bailey Woodean
I have been a freelance writer for more than 4 years, a mom for more than 2 years, and a wife for just under a year. I am currently a student in a cooking and catering program with the intention of expanding my knowledge of the culinary business. I then plan to take this knowledge to properly write about and critique restaurants and food. Writing to you from Niagara Falls, NY, thanks for joining me on the ride!

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