Intro To Intermittent Fasting (Part 2 of 3)
Today I'm going to be doing a bit more of a deeper dive into Intermittent Fasting, why it's become so popular and how you get a bit of the IF magic for yourself.
If you haven't already read part one make sure you do that here (https://becomeaplantbasedbabe.com/blogs/news/intro-to-intermittent-fasting-part-1-of-3) AND don't forget to download the Getting Started with Intermittent Fasting guide... make sure you do it now by entering your details below, and I will email it out to you.
But first, a little bit about my story with IF....
I first learned about IF back in 2013/2014. I had already lost my initial 50lbs but was looking for something to help me in the lead up to my first body building competition. Matt ended up giving it a go (and saw amazing results), but at the time I was sceptical, plus a lot of the information around at the time was that it wasn't suitable for females.
I ended up going with a heavily calorie restricted, carb cycling method for my first comp and not only was I moody, constipated, having massive breakouts, low on energy... post comp I blew out 7kgs in 2 weeks!!
I wish I had trusted in the magic of Intermittent Fasting from the outset, rather than depriving myself and making myself feel like shit by doing carb cycling.
But I was still naive and calorie restriction and carb cycling was more utilised in the body building world than fasting.
After the shock of stacking on weight so fast post comp, I gave IF a go to help get it off quickly. It definitely helped and it helped me feel more in control of my eating.
After this, we both drifted away from it for a little bit, you know how life is, we were both lean, fit and healthy, so we didn't need to worry so much about following a specific strategy other than 80-90% good foods and exercise.
But we did come back to it a couple of years ago. Again, I was getting ready for a comp and my coach at the time reminded me of it. This time, I knew it was the right way to go. My whole prep was so much easier, I had energy and I didn't feel tired and moody. I also had A LOT more flexibility with my food which made the journey to stage so much easier. Considering I was prepping for so long, and had travel in my prep, it made life so much easier!
I even roughly kept it up while we were on our honeymoon in Mexico & the USA. Plus also while we went to the UK for work. It has made life so much easier... I get my shit done in the morning, workout, work and housework, then I make my 'breakfast'. It stops me from having to stop and start all day long to remind myself to eat, getting distracted etc. I just make sure I have my bottle of sparkling water by my side to stay hydrated!
That's the cool thing about IF, is that it's just so adaptable. I try not to get too caught up in the hours, as long as I'm fasting for at least 16 hours per day.... then that is good enough for me.
I see too many people overthinking, overanalysing and worry about insignificant details and then this causes them to not take any action at all. Just start, start somewhere, and you can figure out the rest as you go along.
Your body doesn't know when 16 hours is up.... all it knows is that it's had a prolonged break from digesting food and it can work on clean up, waste metabolisation etc. so don't sweat the small details.
So let's get into some of the nitty gritty benefits of IF and why you should do it!
- Like keto, your body isn't metabolising carbs and sugars so your body will be primed to burn fat for fuel. Unlike keto though, you can eat a much wider variety of food (and still see results), you can eat all fruits and veggies and you don't risk running into micronutrient deficiencies (amongst other things).
- If you are insulin resistant it can help you become more insulin sensitive, especially when teamed up with resistance or body weight exercises.
- It can cause human growth hormone to spike, meaning that you can build nice lean muscle easier. An increase in lean muscle also means an increase in metabolism... yay!
- Allows the body to initiate cellular repair, including getting rid of cellular waste materials.
- IF can help fight inflammation in the body which is a common theme of a lot of auto-immune diseases.
- It's good for your brain. IF helps reduce oxidative stress, along with inflammation and reduces in blood sugar levels and insulin resistance. Plus, you know that sleepy feeling you get after a meal? If you save your eating to later in the day you feel wide awake and charging and don't risk a digestive crash.
So these are just some of the benefits to Intermittent Fasting. As long as you aren't binging on junk during your window and are eating a wide variety of whole food plant based foods, you will notice changes. Not only to your waistline, but your overall health as well.
What kind of benefits would you like to achieve from IF?
What kind of results would you like to see?
In part three I am going to be tying everything altogether for you, sharing some success stories of IF with you and more!
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