After the non-stop eating and drinking last month, we’ve gained not only memories, but maybe a few extra pounds as well. Now, there’s no shame in that whatsoever! We had fun, we enjoyed it, it was indeed a festive season. But if you’re wanting to get back on track, we are here to help.
But what can we do? Some of us hate the idea of going to the gym and working out like there’s no tomorrow. Most of us aren’t into following strict diets that keep us away from our favorite foods. What if there’s a way you can still eat what we want but with a little bit of discipline?
What is Intermittent Fasting (or IF)?
You may have heard of this weight-loss method before, but what exactly is intermittent fasting? If we breakdown the term, we see that intermittent is something that is occurring at irregular intervals; not continuous or steady. Fasting is abstaining from all or some kinds of food or drink, whether it be for medical purposes or as a religious observance. If we combine those two together, it’s basically an eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating. It’s all about when you eat, not what you eat.
This may sound difficult at first, but if we look at it in another way, it is quite easy because we actually fast every day or every night, without even knowing it. Once we go to bed at night, we stop consuming food and drinks, which is the body’s time to fast.
***An important note: If you decide to try intermittent fasting, proceed with caution if it’s you’re first time. Especially if you have pre-existing medical conditions. The best thing to do is to consult with your physician first before trying!
How does Intermittent Fasting work?
Intermittent Fasting is about the timing of when you eat and when you don’t eat. This is nice because it doesn’t limit you to what you want to consume – but still, that doesn’t mean you can binge-eat during the window period to compensate for the time you didn’t eat!
Intermittent fasting trains your body to eat only within a certain period of time. The rest of the remaining time, your body is fasting and making use of what you have consumed within the allotted window of time. So it is still best if you consume healthier food during this time, because intermittent fasting is not an excuse to consume junk food. Discipline is still the main key for IF to work.
There are a few different ways of fasting. Some people fast for 16 hours, then eat within 8 hours. Some who’ve been doing IF for quite some time might fast for 24 hours. This is not recommended for beginners because it will definitely take a toll on your energy and mood. There are also other ways of doing IF, so again, consult your physician first!
The good news is that you can still consume fluids during the time you’re not allowed to eat. You may drink water, coffee (preferably black!), or tea.
Some other helpful tips for getting started
To help you maintain your intermittent fasting, it is recommended that you download one of the popular IF mobile apps. Some apps can let you adjust the time of your fasting, depending on your preference and schedule. They also alert you when it is time to eat. This way, you will have no excuses not to follow through with this method!
Another tip you might want to consider is to invite a friend to join you on your IF journey. That’s going to be one less binge-eating buddy, and you can both push each other to reach your goal!
So this New Year, there is no excuse not to get back in shape if that is something you want, because there are so many ways you can get back on track. Whether it be through diet, exercise, or both, you can always research and inquire about the best way to reach your ideal health goals.
What about you, have you tried or are you willing to try IF? Let us know in the comments section below and let’s start a discussion!