Recently I’ve been researching and experimenting with Intermittent Fasting. I am excited to share with you some of the things I discovered about the “IF” diet.
I would bet a zillion dollars that there are literally millions of people all over the world that get the whole diet and exercise thing all wrong. When you ask most people if they want to live a healthy long life the answer is usually yes. However here in America we are in a health crisis.
People are getting sick at a staggering rate. Today you can research pretty much anything online and you will pretty much find what you are looking for. On the flip side of that though, there is a bunch of information being taught today that simply is wrong.
A perfect example of this people who are in the health and wellness world telling people that they need to eat breakfast and or have 6 small meals throughout the day. Part of today’s health crisis is people are simply eating to dam much food.
Recently I started intermittent fasting also known as the IF diet. Over the years I literally tried all types of diets all of which I either felt like I was starving myself or it was just to time consuming to do. The end result is I failed at it and felt miserable because of it.
The truth is you can’t diet forever, if for no other reason other than it’s just boring.
You can’t get healthy just by exercising alone diet is 80% of it
In my early 30’s like 30 to be exact, I weighed 228 lbs over the course of the next year I dropped my weight to 178 lbs. Then after 7 years of keeping my weight down and exercising I got into a mountain bike accident and ended up putting all that weight back on again.
The weight came back fast and before I knew it I just blew up. Sound familiar to some of you?
The ironic part is while I was gaining all that weight back I was still exercising my butt off. The problem for me was my diet was a wreak.
Looking back 10 years ago if I realized that the biggest change to my lifestyle at the time was the way I was eating I would have at bare minimum continue to intermittent fast. Back then I wasn’t savvy to the IF Diet. I was just going to bed real early and waking up real early and not eating till around noon or later.
Fast forward to now and I can clearly see and feel the effects of intermittent fasting in a positive way.
Is Intermittent Fasting Right For You?
First I am not a medical professional what I do know is the IF diet isn’t right for everyone some people have medical conditions that prevent them from eating this way.
These are the people who probably shouldn’t try Intermittent Fasting:
- You’re pregnant
- You have a history of disordered eating
- You are chronically stressed
- You don’t sleep well
- You’re new to diet and exercise
The reality is though most people could benefit from the IF diet. With that said, I have noticed that a lot of people are turned off by the idea of fasting. For some reason mentally they think that it’s like starving yourself when in fact nothing is further from the truth.
When you start IF dieting you don’t count calories or even change what you eat or how much you eat. What you do is simply change the window of eating.
As the weeks go on your body will simply adjust to your new way of eating. It’s really painless if you consider doing something like weight watchers or it’s equivalence. If you have dieted before you know that for the most part you are simply starving yourself to loose weight.
The first 3 weeks of doing “IF” are the hardest because your body is adjusting to it. It’s like someone who is addicted to smoking, it sucks at first but it really does get easier over time. The good news is after about 3 weeks it becomes second nature to with intermittent fasting.
So if you have been struggling to get your weight to a healthy level and you don’t have any medical conditions that would cause complication give the IF diet a try.
Don’t just take my work for it. Listen to what someone in the Health Profession has to say about it.