Thursday, May 19, 2022

I Tried Intermittent Fasting For A Week, And This is What I Felt

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My journey of Intermittent Fasting

Well, this is my journey, and I’m going to share with you what I experienced after following the intermittent diet for a week.

I’m a busy person who doesn’t want to worry about daily caloric goals or being restricted from certain foods.

Therefore, I figured most diets were worth trying, but IF(Intermittent Fasting) was the most compelling to me; besides the time constraint, you don’t have to change anything about your diet.

So, my diet mainly consisted of high-nutrient food, for example, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and seeds. For hydration, I avoided high-calorie drinks and mainly consumed water and caffeine.

And I followed 16/8 IF, where I used to abstain from any kind of food intake for 16 hrs and used to eat for the rest of 8 hours in a planned way.

But first what is Intermittent Fasting?

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Intermittent fasting means that you alternate between fasting and eating according to a set schedule.

Diets usually focus on what you should eat, but intermittent fasting emphasizes when you should eat. 

Additionally, scientific evidence suggests that there are some health benefits associated with it.

When you fast for a certain number of hours per day or eat just one large meal twice a week, it can aid your body in fat burning.

So this is what I felt after a week of following the Intermittent diet

While intermittent fasting can be beneficial for weight loss, it is not suitable for everyone who has ailments such as irritable bowel syndrome, high cholesterol, or arthritis.

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To be very honest, following this diet could have been a piece of cake for me if I didn’t have such a busy schedule. Those who adhere to a strict daily routine will benefit most from this diet.

It Was Really Hard To Sleep.

When it comes to sleeping, I usually don’t have any problems, but to be very honest, I had some discomfort when I followed this diet routine. I used to wake up middle of the night as I used to feel super hungry and thirsty. I did good research on whether this is a symptom but couldn’t find any relevant answer. So I count this as a negative effect.

My weight dropped.

Not a drastic drop, but I lost around 400 gms, and that too just in a week. Still better than zero grams. There wasn’t any noticeable physical change, but I would have followed it for a month; there could have been a belly fat loss. 

Mentally, I become more focused.

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This is one of the most positive effects intermittent fasting had on me. I was really focused on my diet plan by the end of the week. I had a clean-cut dieting plan. I was aware of what to eat and what not to. By the end of the week, I actually gained mental strength. My mind wasn’t controlling my body; I was taking charge of my body. I had a really good thought process and mindset, to be honest.

Planning became easier for me.

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As I was attaining control of my thoughts, at the same time, I was executing my diet plan properly. By the second day, I knew what the ingredients I’d need to get past this fasting routine were. I took notes and made a solid diet plan.

Breakfast Hunger.

Still, when I lacked planning and mental strength, mornings were the hardest part of the day for me in the initial days. I used to starve all the time. Not being able to consume any solid food and just living on liquid items was never my thing. I really appreciate coffee, though. It saved me from early morning hunger and actually boosted my energy. 

My final thoughts!

I wasn’t able to match both of them(my diet plan and lifestyle) together. And to make it clear, you won’t be losing a crazy amount of fat. It’s a long process. Maybe following this diet for a couple of months might show results.

When you start intermittent fasting, you might experience different effects depending on your body type. Talk to your doctor if you experience uncommon symptoms such as anxiety, headaches, sickness, or nausea followed by vomiting.

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