What You Need To Know About My First 60 Days Of IF
I have been incorporating intermittent fasting (IF) in my daily routine now for 60 days! If you want to learn more about IF, click HERE.
For my entire life, I have always eaten breakfast. It was drilled into our brains as kiddos that breakfast was the most important meal of the day.
When I first came across IF, I did a lot of research. Was it really healthy to skip breakfast? Wasn’t breakfast the most important meal of the day? Would my metabolism slow down if I didn’t eat?
The short answer is: a lot of these messages come directly from food manufacturers. I break down these common questions HERE.
My First Week
I started with the 16:8 method. The first week or so was challenging. I found that I really wasn’t hungry, but was so used to eating. To stay busy, I drank tons of water. I also experimented with drinking black coffee.
My stomach grumbled a lot and I had a headache for the first week or so. After the first week, the headaches went away! My stomach still makes a lot of noises- but that doesn’t bother me!
When I first started IF, I was so hungry and ready to eat as soon as my fasting window was over. While I tried to choose healthy options, I honestly ate most everything in sight. This turned into me fasting for 16 hours and eating whatever I wanted for 8 hours. For a while, my body responded well to this and the scale and inches seemed to be dropping.
That didn’t last long though. My progress stalled and my body adjusted. Suddenly, I wasn’t quite as hungry after my fasting window. I started incorporating healthier choices during my eating window. I even experimented with some 20-hour fasting windows.
What I’ve Noticed
Overall, IF is way easier than I thought it would be. I thought I would be starving all the time and thought it would be nearly impossible to go long stretches without eating. But that is not the case at all!
I have noticed that I have way more energy and focus in the morning and I feel lean. I also feel in control. Emotionally eating used to be a regular occurrence and I often felt like food was controlling me. It did not take long at all for that to change! I have also realized how easy IF is. You simply don’t eat! And it’s free!
Here is a progress picture of my progress so far. Keep in mind- this is with the first month of eating a lot of junk food. I am so excited to see the progress I can continue to make now that I am choosing healthy foods during my eating window!
As I continue on this IF journey, I will keep you posted! IF is definitely something that I have become VERY passionate about.
My top tips
- Drink lots of water! Water helps to fill you up and it’s nice to sip on something.
- Download the app “Zero”. This app tracks your fasting and eating windows. Super easy to use and so nice to help you keep track of what’s going on!
- Listen to your body. If you are hungry, eat! But also learn what hunger truly feels like. Just because your stomach is grumbling, doesn’t mean you need food.
- Do your research. I read books, listened to podcasts, joined Facebook groups, etc.