Are you looking for an effective way to improve your overall health and wellbeing? Have you considered trying out intermittent fasting? In this blog post, we’ll dive into my personal experience with intermittent fasting for 30 days, including the reasons why I decided to try it, the types of meals I ate during my fasting period, and even some pictures to showcase my results. Stay tuned to find out what benefits I experienced and whether or not I plan to continue with intermittent fasting.
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INTERMITTENT fasting for beginners
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The phrase “intermittent fasting” may sound peculiar and unconventional, but it has recently gained widespread popularity. Intermittent fasting has become a popular approach to weight loss, metabolic health and longevity. Essentially, it is a concept where individuals alternate between periods of eating and periods of fasting. The latter involves abstaining from food and drink, except for water or other calorie-free beverages.
I decided to embark on a 30-day intermittent fasting challenge to see how it would affect my body, energy levels, and overall well-being. In this article, I will share with you my personal experience, meals, and results with detailed pictures.
Why I Chose Intermittent Fasting
I have always struggled with my weight and energy levels. Despite trying various diets, I could never seem to find the right balance. I started researching about intermittent fasting and felt like it could be a solution to my problems. Aside from potentially aiding in weight loss, there are several reported benefits of intermittent fasting, including:
- Improved metabolic health
- Reduced insulin resistance
- Increased longevity
- Lowered inflammation
- Improved brain function
With all of these benefits in mind, I decided to give it a try.
My Approach to Intermittent Fasting
There are several popular approaches to intermittent fasting, including the 16/8 method, the 5:2 diet and the alternate day fasting. I opted for the 16/8 method which involves restricting my daily eating window to eight hours and fasting for the remaining 16 hours of the day.
Here’s a breakdown of my eating schedule:
- 12 pm – 2 pm: First meal (Lunch)
- 4 pm – 6 pm: Second Meal (Snack/Dinner)
During the fasting period, I allowed myself to drink 1-2 liters of water, black coffee, and herbal tea. I aimed to consume between 1200-1500 calories per day, with a focus on high protein, healthy fats, and vegetables.
My 30-Day Journey
Below are my daily meals and experiences throughout the 30-day challenge.
- First meal: Tuna salad with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, avocado, and lemon vinaigrette.
- Second meal: Baked chicken breast with mixed vegetables and quinoa.
I felt excited and motivated to start this challenge on a positive note. However, by early evening, I started feeling quite hungry. I distracted myself with household chores and by going for a walk. By the time I returned home, my hunger subsided.
- First meal: Greek yogurt with blueberries, walnuts, and honey.
- Second meal: Omelet with spinach, mushrooms, and feta cheese.
On day 7, I was very impressed with my energy levels. It was the perfect fuel for my workday, and I didn’t feel sluggish or groggy midday. After completing the day, I realized that the sense of high achievement for finishing week one was indescribable.
- First meal: Avocado toast with scrambled eggs with a side of cherry tomatoes.
- Second meal: Grilled salmon with roasted asparagus.
By day 15, I had started noticing physical changes and was ecstatic. I had lost about 4 pounds, and my clothes were fitting better. I even received some compliments from my co-workers, which felt great.
- First meal: Greek salad with chicken.
- Second meal: Cauliflower fried rice with shrimp.
As the last week rolled in, it wasn’t as difficult holding onto the fast. My body had already become accustomed to the schedule, and there was an air of discipline that had slowly crept in.
- First meal: Banana Oat Pancakes with streusel and maple syrup.
- Second meal: Grilled chicken with sweet potato and garlic bread.
Finally, I had completed my 30-day challenge. It was exciting to be able to incorporate pancakes that I had craved throughout the challenge. I felt like my energy levels and body were in sync, and my mind was clear and focused.
I had lost a total of 7 pounds and reduced almost an inch of my waistline. Besides the physical changes, I experienced an improvement in digestion and sleep quality. I also felt more alert and energetic throughout the day, which helped me to remain productive.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is intermittent fasting safe for everyone?
Intermittent fasting is safe for most healthy people, but it’s always best to consult with your doctor before starting any new diet or exercise routine, particularly if you have underlying health conditions.
Can I drink coffee during the fasting period?
Yes, you can still have black coffee during the fasting period and even add a small amount of milk or cream to it.
Will I lose weight with intermittent fasting?
Intermittent fasting can promote weight loss, but it’s not a guarantee. Several other factors such as genetics, lifestyle, and diet still play a role.
What should I eat during the eating window?
Try to eat a balanced meal consisting of protein, healthy fats, and vegetables. Avoid consuming processed foods and sugary drinks.
Can intermittent fasting improve my mental focus?
There is some evidence to suggest that intermittent fasting may have benefits for cognitive function, including improved focus and brain processing speed.
Intermittent fasting can be a beneficial way to improve metabolic health, aid in weight loss and promote longevity. My 30-day challenge showed me the positive effects of intermittent fasting on my overall well-being. While it was challenging at first, the benefits were well worth the effort. If you are considering trying intermittent fasting, I would highly recommend consulting with your doctor before getting started on this journey.