Last week I wrote a post about the beginning stages of my intermittent fasting experiment. Rather than posting about it daily, I wanted to give the process time to marinate and really take hold in my body. Along with that, I didn’t want to produce inauthentic posts about “how much weight I’ve lost!!” or “how much better I’m feeling!!” or anything of the sort (you know the type) just for click bait and page views. After riding the intermittent fasting train for about 8 or 9 days now, I feel like my body has given me enough feedback to share out what I’ve experienced.
The Human Body Is Truly An Amazing Thing
My biggest worry about intermittent fasting was my impending hunger. If you ask anyone who knows me, I like to eat. I can throw down food with the best of them. I figured there was no way that my body could sustain a 16 hour fast. I genuinely expected to collapse under the pressure of my roaring stomach and eat before my feeding window began (I was aiming for 11-7 or 12-8). To be honest, the first day or two was rough. I WAS HUNGRY. But, I put my will power to the test and held out each day until I had intended to start eating. After a few days of mind vs. stomach warfare, my body started to sync up with my eating plan. I found it easier and easier to not only reach my preferred time of eating, but I was doing it comfortably. You’re body gets used to however you consistently treat it. Back when I was eating 5-6 times a day, my body expected to be fed every few hours. After a few days of breaking the cycle, it has now started to grow accustomed to my new habits. Don’t get me wrong, I still feel hungry from time to time in the morning, but I find the adaptation of my body pretty incredible. In holding off eating in the morning, I can enjoy my calorie and macro intake in a smaller window of time. This means bigger and more satisfying meals rather than spreading out all my calories throughout the entire day.
Black Coffee: The Real MVP
If you’ve either tried intermittent fasting yourself, or have looked into it, you know that the only things you’re supposed to consume during your fast is black coffee, water or tea. Luckily, I have been drinking my coffee black for years, so this has heavily aided in the sustainability of my experiment. I have a cup or two every morning, which truly helps. It provides a great alternative to water in the morning, and it gives me the jolt of energy needed to get the day going.
Sleeping In Has Been Wonderful
Before starting intermittent fasting, my average wake up time was 4:45. I would get up, make a nice big breakfast to start the day, meditate for about 10 minutes to clear my mind before heading off to work, then shower, get dressed and be out the door by about 6. Now I can “sleep in” until about 5:20-5:30, make a pot of coffee, meditate, get ready for the day and still get to work at the same time. That extra half hour or so has been awesome for my energy, and it doesn’t hurt that I get to just be comfortable in bed with my wonderful wife for a few extra minutes in the morning.
It’s not ALL sunshine and rainbows
While looking into intermittent fasting, there were many people who experienced almost immediate results (dropping 5-10 pounds, fitting into clothes that were previously tight, etc.). I haven’t found as much success, although I have enjoyed some results. My weight has remained stagnant, but I do feel leaner. To be completely honest, I haven’t been 100% diligent with my macros over the last few weeks, so the lack of tremendous progress doesn’t surprise me. With that said, I have enjoyed the 16/8 fasting method enough to continue with the experiment. Dialing in my macros may just yield the results that most people find with intermittent fasting.
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