What Is Intermittent Fasting And How It Can Help You Lose Weight

What Is Intermittent Fasting And How It Can Help You Lose Weight

3. My immune system improved

Studies have found that IF can significantly improve the immune system in humans. For the 30 days, I tried intermittent fasting, I am glad to say I did not fall sick once. In fact, after the first few days, I felt a lot more energetic and livelier than before. I was doing a lot more. I was faster and generally felt a lot better physically, psychologically, and emotionally.

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4. Mindful eating equals healthier eating

Although some experts say you can eat as much as you want or have 3-4 meals during your “eating window” of 8-10 hours, I stuck with 2 meals each day. That meant I was eating a heavy lunch and dinner. And as I could only eat twice each day, I made sure I was eating right. 

Before I started, I made a personal mission to strictly follow these rules when it came to my diet:

  • No added salt
  • No added sugar
  • No fried/oily food
  • No packaged/processed food

And this has helped me greatly. Removing sugar alone from your diet can have an incredible effect on your body and health. And I was happy I stuck with it. Moreover, I was eating a lot healthier and staying away from junk food that I used to love so much. Although I had my cheat meals, I stuck with a healthy diet, more or less.

As I was eating intentionally, I was eating mindfully. This meant I was enjoying my meals a lot more, savoring each bite. When I was eating, I was eating mindfully. I was not on my phone or watching TV or casually talking with someone.I was eating and focusing on the textures and flavors and everything else in between. This was a very personal experience for me and it helped me be more mindful in life and live in the present moment.

5. I worked out more intensely

Okay, if you want to try out intermittent fasting for weight loss like me, then hitting the gym can definitely help you achieve those weight loss goals and make the process a lot easier and faster. 

IF helped me to train a lot harder and a lot more intensely. I could go to the gym anytime without having to worry about the last time I ate or if had eaten before hitting the gym. Having to worry less about my eating habits, I could focus more on my 1 hour of dedicated training. Moreover, intermittent fasting motivated me to train harder as I was already giving up food for better health. So it kept me focused on what actually mattered – my health. So I pushed myself harder and lifted like I never used to. 

For me, there were no ill effects of fasting and working out with an empty stomach. In fact, I was training better. However, I would recommend you consult your doctor once before getting into this as our bodies may react in different ways.

6. I still had a social life

As I didn’t have to worry about a strict diet and I could eat almost anything, I was able to hang out with my friends and family and have dinner with them. I could still enjoy food with others. Although some IF experts suggest you shouldn’t eat after 7-8 pm, I think you can modify it on some days as long as you hit the 16-18 hour fasting mark each day.

So If you have a family dinner at 9-10 pm on a particular night, make sure you eat around 2-3 pm the next day. So I enjoyed my social life and was able to hang out with my favorite people whenever I felt like it.

I was pretty happy with my final result. Being a Scorpio, it was hard for me to stop eating and control myself. But still, I pushed on and managed to lose almost 4 kgs. My stomach didn’t feel bloated anymore and my pot belly was decreasing. Although I didn’t get any abs, it was still a decent upgrade for me to keep trying IF for some more time to come.

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Theo Harrison

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