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 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 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 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 was 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 7-8pm, 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 9-10pm on a particular night, make sure you eat around 2-3pm the next day. So I enjoyed my social life and was able to hang out with my favorite people whenever I felt like.
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.
Additional benefits of IF
“Fasting: Improves mental clarity and concentration Induces weight and body fat loss” – Jason Fung
Losing weight is not the only benefit of IF as you have realized by now. Here are some additional benefits of intermittent fasting that you need to know about.
- Intermittent fasting reduces cardiovascular risk, improves blood pressure and boosts overall cardiovascular health.
- It reduces inflammation which facilitates in improving longevity and lowering risk of various diseases.
- IF helps to improve cellular function by removing cellular waste and damaged cells.
- Fasting also helps in healthy aging by protecting and caring for the cardiovascular system and managing blood sugar levels.
IF works, but make your food count
“A person who fasts has a different mindset altogether. There is no temptation for food, just a focus on getting through the fast. The added benefits of intermittent fasting should replace the temptation for food. Instead of thinking about your next meal, think about how your fast is going to benefit you by helping you to lose weight.” – Jason Legg
There are a lot more benefits of intermittent fasting and this article would be a lot longer if I started explaining it all to you along with all the overwhelming evidence. IF is certainly the easiest tool to lose excess fat and weight than any other type of diet plan. It’s a lot easier to follow and more sustainable.