Today marks the first of my two-week adventure with intermittent fasting. There are many benefits and studies floating around the nutrition and fitness world that I think is really interesting. I have always been interested in different lifestyles and diets, and I thought it would be fun to document my little experiment. I have done my research on the diet and think that this whole experience could either be a total success or a complete flop!
Intermittent fasting may work out because I tend to overeat during the day. That has always been my biggest weakness in regards to my weight goals and digestion. I’m hoping that if I get anything out of this experience, it will be to learn how to control the quantity of food I eat.
I think the biggest struggle, which could cause this to flop, is that I have always eaten within the first hour of waking up. Usually, if I don’t there are two possible outcomes
a) I get VERY hangry (not cool for everyone around me).
b) I feel sick and lack sufficient energy which results in a foggy mind and lack of concentration.
I’m not going to lie, this is my second attempt at intermittent fasting. About three weeks ago I had attempted to do it but I had to give up. I was feeling sick and was getting headaches.
Hopefully, this time goes a lot better! Keep reading to find out what my experience has been with 2 weeks of intermittent fasting.
*P.S I wrote this as I would in a journal, I thought it made it more real!
Disclaimer: I am not a health care specialist, I am simply documenting my personal experiences and perspective based on research I have found from other sources. I do not speak for anybody but myself and cannot guarantee that works, or doesn’t work, for me will work for you. Please contact an educated health care specialist if you have questions or want to change your diet or lifestyle.
Let’s See How Intermittent Fasting Went!
The Beginning of Week 1 (Monday to Wednesday)
This was an on the spot decision, I have done some research, as in watching a TON of YouTube videos (especially Whitney Simmons!) Hopefully, I will learn as I go through.
I am aware that my calorie intake will be different because I think I will have to eat more calorie dense meals to fit all of my calories in a day.
The rules I have set for myself are:
- My window of eating is from 12 pm to 7 pm or 1 pm to 8 pm depending on when I begin eating.
- I want to drink a full liter of water every morning before I begin eating.
I’m not going to lie, this first week is fairly hard for me. I have been drinking a lot of water, but my energy is super low. I am not used to pushing my food intake to a later time but I am going to push through.
I have also already slipped because I ate breakfast at like 9 am one morning (Tuesday I think). I didn’t feel good at all! Sometimes when I am hungry I get really weak, dizzy, and aggravated so I just have to let myself eat.
Hopefully, I won’t slip up too much because I really want to give this a chance
End of Week 1: Thursday to Sunday
I am feeling fairly good! I’m beginning to think that intermittent fasting isn’t really going to change anything for me because I am still eating the same diet.
I’m fairly healthy but I don’t think this will change me if I stay consistent with food I eat.
I’m also not sure if I made this too easy, or if I’m doing it wrong by letting myself eat from 12 pm to 7 pm.
On Thursday, I ate from 2 pm to 9 pm which was great because I woke up without an appetite and was perfectly fine drinking my water until late afternoon.
I have concluded that mornings are the hardest because I wake up most mornings and am hungry right away. But, once I get through the first 20 to 30 minutes of my morning and drink a bunch of water, I can push through to 12.
At the beginning of the week, I could barely make it until 12 pm but now it’s become more bearable. I don’t feel any different than when I started, and maybe it’s what I have been eating.
*Side Note: I’ve noticed I have mentioned my food choices a couple of times. I just want to clarify that I eat about 80% healthy in my week. I think that in my head ‘diet’ meant going hard and only eating vegetables, protein, and air. I didn’t want to do that however because I only want to test the method by itself.
Find out how my week 2 went!