Intermittent Fasting

My sister has always had a knack for the use of persuasive language, and this confirms it. Initially, I was certain that I wouldn’t be a participant in any form of fasting. I love food too much for that to happen. However, now I’m 4 days deep in a 16:8 TRF.

For those that are unfamiliar with what intermittent fasting/time restricted fasting is:

An eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating

Healthline.com

Unbeknownst to me, the practice is quite popular too. With more than 700,000 people worldwide participating in TRF via the app.

So they are different types of intermittent fasting, which is good because it presents a variety of choice. These types are:

  1. Circadian Rhythm TRF: 13HR fast with an 11HR window to eat
  2. 16:8 TRF: 16HR fast with an 8HR window to eat
  3. 18:6 TRF: 18HR fast with a 6HR window to eat
  4. 20:4 TRF: 20HR fast with a 4HR window to eat
  5. 36HR fast
  6. Custom Fast: You choose how long you fast for.

I have been doing the 16:8 TRF for the past 4 days and its been easy, I usually miss breakfast on most days so it was not hard to adapt to the program. The eating window opened during the hours that I usually eat anyway.

So, I decided to try out the 36HR fast, which I started yesterday and still in the process of. Unlike religious fasting, intermittent fasting allows the consumption of water. One of the main reasons why I was open to trying it. The absence of water, especially with the current weather we are having would have deterred me from attempting it.

Already started my 36HR fast. 28 more remaining.

Being able to still drink water makes it so much easier to accomplish such time restricted fasts like the 36HR fast. I’m pretty confident that I could go a little further and do 48HR, with the aid of water.

Intermittent fasting has a handful of benefits, the obvious benefit is weight loss. But it is also key to a better metabolism, clearer skin, improved sleeping patterns and improved energy levels.

A big majority of ailments and disease begin in the gut. Intermittent fasting allows the body to “flush out” some of the crap we put into our bodies. Certain fast food restaurants that shall not be named have burgers that can go months before going off and attracting mould. And certain soft drinks that can clean the mould off of a coin, as well as leave your toilet sparkly clean.

Granted, it tastes great, but think about the chemicals needed for that to be possible. And that’s what’s going into our gut, the saying “you are what you eat” holds some truth to it when you think about it.

Also, for my gym-goers, intermittent fasting can work in tandem with regular gym visits and it wont have an affect on muscle growth and/or retainment. In retrospect, intermittent fasting helps with such regular TRF’s will train the body to burn fat to generate energy (Ketosis) and that’s what the majority of us what right?

Keep the muscle, lose the fat.

Anyway, things wouldn’t be worthwhile or fun without an app to help you along the way right? (I’m plugging again… one day I will get the promotion monies I deserve) Well there is a great app to help you with your TRF journey and its called: Zero – Simple Fasting Tracker.

Its pretty much self-explanatory, so I don’t need to explain what it does. But it makes the experience better. And there is also a part of the blog part of the app that educates and informs, its dope.

But it is important to remember that the TRF will only be effective if your choice of food changes. Healthy and fresh is the way to go, it doesn’t have to be kale and sun-dried fruits. But there is no point in doing it if you’ll visit your local fast food joint once your eating window comes around.

You’re welcome 🙂

-Dez

The song for today is Victoria MonĂ©t – Dive

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