To Fast or not to Fast

If you have been researching ways to lose weight you will most certainly know a thing or two about Intermittent Fasting.
For some, it’s literally next best thing, like Banting, Paleo or then there’s those the ‘Gluten-Free’ dieters who say it ‘I am Gluten-Free’ like it’s a status symbol and can hardly explain what it even means…but anywhooo…today I’m just sharing my thoughts on IF (Intermittent Fasting).
If I think back to 10 years ago, one could describe my lifestyle as the IF lifestyle, because I would literally have my first meal for the day around 2pm after 6 million…I mean 7 cups of coffee. This was not intentional- back then my daughter was 3 years old, I’d drop her at creche, rush to work without packing lunch and wait until lunchtime to go downstairs to the BP garage to buy my pie-coke-kitkat-combo.
But what is IF really?
Fasting can be defined as willingly abstaining from food and/or drink fora certain period of time. Intermittent fasting has been used throughout history for religious, spiritual and health reasons.😶 Now…weightloss- and there are quite a few variation of Intermittent Fasting methods out there.
And what we all want to know – Can I lose weight by Intermittent fasting?
More recently, intermittent fasting has become a method of weight control. IF can promote rapid weight loss.
Intermittent fasting offers a very simple method of weight control. By strategically skipping meals you reduce your overall energy intake and, providing you avoid overeating before or after your fast, you will consume significantly less calories. By consuming fewer calories than you need, your body will burn body fat for fuel and consequently you will lose weight. IF requires no special preparation, specific foods, supplements or cooking ability which makes IF convenient for anyone who want a simple, no-frills approach to weight loss.
Researchers say IF can lead to lowered blood glucose levels, reduced blood pressure, increased sensitivity to the action of insulin, increased fat metabolism, digestive system detoxification and increased fat metabolism.
But…honey-if will power is not your friend, IF will definitely NOT be either.
There’s a lot to take into consideration – eating less than normal can trigger severe hunger in some people while others find that they tire easily, suffer head-aches, nausea and have trouble concentrating. Because of hunger, fasters may find that they eat more than usual both before and after a planned fast which essentially eliminates the benefit of the fast.
The long and short of it…
Yes, you can lose weight rapidly whilst IF- weight that can be easily regained during the post-fast period if you eat too much as IF does not address food selections, portion control and eating habits.🍜🍩
Is IF right for you?
That’s totally up to you…although, I WOULD DEFINITELY have a chat with my doctor first for a go-ahead👍
If your IF protocol conflicts with family’s nutrition needs or your work schedule, it might be challenging to commit to an IF schedule.
Also, ladies…there are hormonal implications – the last thing I need right now.😵
As with any nutrition plan, success is largely based on if the diet is right for you. Two factors that play into this equation are your metabolism and genetics.
Suppose you have a fast metabolism and you’re trying to build muscle. Focusing on your calorie intake around exercise means you have lots of energy to work out, with additional energy and amino acids to recover. If you’re a true “hard gainer” or “skinny fat,” IF might help you achieve your goals.
If you have a slow metabolism (like me) or you store energy easily, then eating all your calories in a short space of time might make fat loss hard for you because you will hang onto energy even in the fasting windows, so IF might not be a good protocol for you to follow.
Genetics, on the other hand is a little harder to factor into the equation.
Like with everything else, it is always good to do your homework first. You don’t want to do something for weeks or months and have regrets.☑
I am not totally against IF…I would do this maybe once a year for seven days max- not make a lifestyle out of it…kinda like my 3-day detox that I do once every 2 to 3 months.🍉
When asked why I don’t (or didn’t) try IF for fat-loss? My response – I lost 33 kgs doing what I’m doing-why mess with something that works.
Do what works for you…not what’s easy (cos you will never find that 😂) but what works best for, your family and your lifestyle.

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