Intermittent Fasting Update
Exactly 2 months ago I began a new way of eating. To bring you up to speed, I have an upcoming surgery to remove my breast implants and my doctor recommended that if I wanted to lose any weight.. it would be best to do so prior to my surgery. It’s important for a couple of reasons.. the doctors need to know how much breast fat they have to work with for the lift (I’ll have to have a lift once the implants are removed) and it’s always better to be in my best shape before having a surgery like this. If I lose a ton of weight post surgery, all the work I paid for may not look the same. Your breasts are one of the first places to shrink when you lose weight.. at least this is true for me.
I’ve been wanting to lose around 15 pounds for quite awhile so my doctor’s input was the necessary push I needed to get going with my goals.
Every since leaving my last job as a flight attendant I haven’t been as physically active as I should be on a daily basis. Add to that, eating almost everything I wanted and drinking a lot of wine – my weight climbed. My weight has always run around 108-112 pounds without trying very hard until a couple of years ago. And no the weight gain has nothing to do with my age.. I’ve been on hormones ever since I had Emma at 30 after having a hysterectomy. Wish I could blame it on that. ;)
When I started this weight loss journey 2 months ago I was at my heaviest – 133.5 pounds. That’s at least 23.5 pounds up from just a couple of years ago.
When discussing different weight loss options my doctor recommended intermittent fasting. (click here to learn more about IF) Intermittent fasting allows you to eat between the hours of 12-8pm or 1-9pm. It’s called the 16/8 method and I have to say, I loved the idea of this. I work better with perimeters. Especially when it comes to food.
Once I began IF I found the process easy to follow. After researching more, I was excited to see how I would respond to the 16 hour fasting and 8 hour eating method after more time. It’s something I’ve never purposely tried before although I used to skip breakfast years ago just because I was never hungry in the morning. Maybe that helped me keep the wight off? Who knows..
One thing I have to add here.. I’m not an expert by any means. I’m just sharing how I’m doing following the IF thus far and answering a few of the questions that many of you have been asking through DM’s.
Ok.. let’s get down to Intermittent Fasting Questions!
Q: How many hours a day do you fast?
A: I usually keep to the 12-8 pm timeframe for eating except when my friends are over for our Bachelor/ Real Housewives viewing nights. On those nights I allow myself to eat a little later so I start the following day a little later as a result. Usually 1PM-9PM.
Q: Can you have cream in your coffee in the morning? Does it break your fast?
A: I found it easier for me to just cut cream out entirely. The only way you can have cream or milk is if it’s full fat and under 50 calories. That’s a tiny teaspoon worth of cream and it did nothing for my coffee so I decided to skip it altogether. I can’t believe I’m drinking black coffee in the morning and I’m not dying. Lol
Q: Can you drink diet sodas during your 16 non eating hours?
A: No. Using any kind of artificial sweetener during non eating hours breaks your fast and the process for which it was designed. You need to stick to water, coffee, tea with no sweeteners.
Q: Are you really hungry in the morning? I don’t think I could wait until noon to eat.
A: I think whenever I approach diets or changes to my eating habits like this I adapt pretty quickly. I’m always thinking about the end result. I definitely hear my stomach growl around 10AM but I have to say it’s nice to feel a little hungry for once. I used to feel full all the time. I haven’t felt dizzy or had any other problems as a result of limiting my hours of eating either if that helps. Your body does adapt over time and it gets used to the schedule. At least it has for me. Everyone needs to find what works best for them however..
Q: Are you following any other diet while also limiting your hours? I haven’t lost as much as you and I’m frustrated.
A: I am not following any specific diet except for the fact that I try to stay away from breads and pasta. I’ve also cut wine down to just 1 -2 nights a week and I try to stay away from sweets. (I’ve had a little more wine this past week but I’m back to my strict mode again as of today) I would rather eat my calories than drink them.. I find that power proteins – nuts and avocados help as snacks during my 8 hour window.
Q: How many meals are you eating a day?
A: I eat 2 meals – a lunch and dinner and usually have a snack in between of almonds or sliced avocado. This helps keep me full throughout the day.
Q: What kind of workouts are you doing?
A: I’m walking/running 4.5 miles at least 4 days a week. I’ve been a little off this week but I’m getting back into it. I’m also incorporating some light weights for my upper body and legs. I’m not killing myself.. that’s for sure. ;) Just moving over 10-15K steps a day has made a HUGE difference for me. Especially since I sit at the computer or I’m on the phone on Instagram a ton. Moving is key!
Q: Can you give a few examples of what you’re eating each day?
A: I usually always eat high protein meals for both meals. I’ll either have a large salad with tons of veggies and chicken or salmon for lunch or low fat cottage cheese, a cup of blueberries and ground flaxseed. That has been a favorite go-to for my lunches lately. I love fruit.
For dinner Jeff will usually whip up something that’s packed with protein – chicken, fish, shrimp, eggs and of course beans. I love beans! He always includes veggies.
For snacks it’s nuts, olives, pickles, and avocado. Things that can hold me over. :)
Q: Are you planning on staying on this 16/8 eating window when you reach your goal weight?
A: I’ll probably stay on some sort of IF regiment on a daily basis but increase my food intake a bit once I reach my goal weight. I don’t plan on getting below 112-115 pounds. :)
There are so many great posts about IF online. This post from author, James Clear helped me a ton! That’s all from me on my Intermittent Fasting Update – if you have any more questions, leave them in the comments below!
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