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Today my husband wants to share his intermittent fasting review with you. I hope you’ll enjoy reading about how he started intermittent fasting and how it’s worked for him!
Why I Chose Intermittent Fasting
There are a TON of diets out there, and when you listen to as many Podcasts about health and nutrition as I do (Joe Rogan Experience, Body of Knowledge, etc), it is incredibly hard to choose a good place to start.
A lot of people probably have a friend or a colleague who tried the Keto diet, Paleo diet, or some version of those. I’ve also heard of going Vegan (can’t do it) and people who literally only eat red meat (Dr Shawn Baker is one of the main ones you can look into). While it sounds like a lot of people do benefit from some of these, and there is good science about what they can accomplish, they simply are not good for everyone.
Going Vegan, while interesting and potentially beneficial for agricultural reasons, just won’t happen for most. I also have no reason to believe that red meat is bad for us. I think the way it can be farmed, injected with hormones, and served to us is (i.e. in a fast food burger) is definitely bad, but not all red meat is created equally.
Eating only red meat, while interesting, has not been studied enough to try it in full force, as far as I am concerned.
The Keto diet is interesting. It gets your body into a state of Ketosis where your body begins to burn fat rather than glucose that comes from carbs and sugar. It is believed that this is how our ancestors ate and how we should continue to eat. There are also a ton of other benefits (lowered blood sugar, lowered chance of heart disease, and many others) that make this more interesting than the others in my opinion.
Now here is a twist for you. I wasn’t actually planning on changing my diet. I have always been relatively healthy and active. And I have never had a weight problem. I have always been known as the kid who eats everything and doesn’t gain any weight from it.
So why try something different? Why mess with a diet? Am I trying to get into bodybuilding or become a professional athlete? Definitely not. But you know what I am interested in? Living a long, happy, and healthy life.
I’ve always been told that if you don’t have your health, then you have nothing. The more I thought about it, the more I believe it to be true.
I heard about intermittent fasting and the benefits of it, so I decided to look into it. Here’s my intermittent fasting review.
What is intermittent fasting?
Intermittent fasting is not a change in diet, but more a change in the way you schedule your eating throughout the day. The window fluctuates but the main number that I hear is to essentially only eat within an 8 hour period. Once I eat one meal, I can eat whatever I want and whatever I normally eat within that time frame.
What are some of the benefits of intermittent fasting?
- Fat burning / weight loss
- Cellular repair
- Lower risk of type 2 diabetes
- Reducing oxidative stress
- May lower your risk of Cancer and prevent Alzheimer’s disease
- Is good for your brain
- May extend your lifespan
The main two benefits that stuck out to me were extending my lifespan and preventing Alzheimer’s. If this can really help me live longer, and help prevent a disease that my grandfather had, I think it will be more than worth it.
Not to mention…it’s easy.
If I saw all of these potential benefits but, in return, could only eat lettuce all day, I probably wouldn’t have done it. I think enjoying food is one of the finer things in life and something that improves my general happiness on a regular basis. I also know that a diet that you can not sustain for a long period of time isn’t worth trying.
After realizing that all I really needed to do was skip breakfast and start eating at around 11 or 12, I figured I would give it a shot.
How do I feel after starting?
I’ve been doing it for about six months now and have felt great so far. I don’t have any “mental fogginess” that used to happen sometimes during the day. I do still get hungry earlier than my allotted times but it is okay to be hungry. Also, I have not been getting any of that mid-day sluggishness. After lunch, I tend to be feel great and am not drowsy at all.
I have also found that I don’t get as full within my 8 hour time frame when eating a large meal (enter my 1600 calorie Chipotle burrito with chips and guac).
Any downside of this eating plan?
The only thing that was tough at first was working out in the morning. I used to eat waffles with peanut butter before playing basketball so not eating anything took a little adjustment. After a day or two though, I was right back to normal again. Like I said above, I do get a little hungry beforehand, but that generally just means more snacking and larger meals during my window.
At the end of the day, there was too much benefit and not enough downside to not try it. It is incredibly easy to implement, it gives the benefit of the Keto diet by putting your body into Ketosis (much more effectively actually), and I didn’t actually have to change what I ate at all. If any of the benefits interest you, I very highly recommend it.
If you have any other questions or would like to discuss further, feel free to leave a comment below! I’d love to hear your intermittent fasting review as well.