Intermittent Fasting Update: Sustaining the Lifestyle and Weight-loss
It’s been 8 months since I added intermittent fasting to my lifestyle. Since May I have lost over 15lbs, and I truly believe that adding intermittent fasting to my lifestyle habits has made all the difference!
In my previous post, I explain what intermittent fasting is and how it's helped me end my emotional binge eating. In this post, I want to focus on how IF has changed my lifestyle habits.
I often pride myself in my ability to practice self-control. I think adopting a plant-based lifestyle is an excellent example of that. I’m usually in spaces where everyone eats a standard American diet; therefore a lot of my social life is connected to my ability to resist temptation from non-plant based foods. I will say that I think my ability to practice self-control is a large part of the reason I’ve had success with incorporating intermittent fasting in my in lifestyle.
I start with explaining the importance of self-control because the number one question I get in reference to my weight loss journey or IF is “how do you stick with it?!” Honestly, I stick with it because once I started to see changes in myself, I refused to go back to my old lifestyle habits.
Now I’ll be honest, the first 3-7 days are tough. Incorporating a lifestyle change, especially when it involves your eating habits is difficult. If you’re used to eating a large breakfast you may want to consider having a feeding window from 9 AM - 5 PM instead of Noon to 8 PM. Your feeding window can vary season to season because it should be flexible just like life. When I started IF it was during the school year, I had to be at work by 9AM some days and typically ended my days around 5PM, so an 11 AM to 7 PM fasting window worked for me. In the summer my lifestyle was different, the nights were longer, and I was a lot more social, so my feeding window was Noon to 8 PM.
I workout 3-5 days a week, on average, while incorporating IF into my lifestyle. I’m sure my workout routines have aided with my weight loss, but I really believe that my ability to stop binge eating/ emotionally eating has been the most significant factor in my weight loss. Before IF I would workout 7 days a week, reward my workouts with food, and eat a full meal right before bed. Clearly, I wasn't getting results with those habits, so I made a change.
If you’re interested in incorporating IF into your lifestyle, I strongly encourage you to give it a real try. IF isn’t something you can do for a week and hope for results. I’d suggest trying IF for a minimum of 3 months if you really want to see the benefits of fasting. If your motivation is weight loss be kind to yourself and recognize that patience is so incredibly important when embarking on a weight loss journey. It took me 3 years to gain the weight, so I had to be realistic with myself and know that I wasn’t going to lose it in 6 months. If overall health is your motivation, I genuinely believe that IF will allow you to understand your body and learn the way your physical connects to your mental.
If you have any other questions about IF and/or details of my weight loss journey, don't hesitate to reach out!