There is a lot of buzz at the moment about intermittent fasting.
A good friend and fitness coach recently recommended it, which prompted me to research and dabble myself.
On average, I probably fast for the recommended 16 hours, three or four days a week. Has it helped me ‘get shredded’? No. But that wasn’t really my expectation – as I’m not exactly eating like a saint the rest of the time.
Has it helped me gain greater mental clarity? On some days, Yes.
Is it decreasing my chances of Type 2 Diabetes and regenerating damaged cells in my body?
I can’t be sure. But hopefully!
These are just some of the benefits people claim about Intermittent Fasting.
I know the idea of fasting sounds unnecessarily challenging and depriving – but it’s actually not as hard as I thought it would be. I simply try to finish my dinner by 8pm in the evening, then all I need to do is skip breakfast the next day, and make it through to lunch at noon. (I find that drinking green tea and lots of water helps stave off the hunger pangs, until I’m into the flow of morning meetings, by which time there’s plenty to take my mind off being hungry).
It’s even easier at weekends. If you sleep in a bit and then can occupy yourself with chores and errands until lunchtime.
Intrigued by the benefits of ‘I.F.’ and want to learn more? This is a great intro from James Clear.