Losing weight sometimes feels like pulling individual hairs out–time consuming. You can be eating healthy, going to the gym, and still feel like you’re coming up short on results. While it could be because of diet or your gym habits (which I can help you discover and fix in this post), let’s talk about another alternative that is easy to bring into your own lifestyle. Say hello to my little friend, Intermittent Fasting.
What is Intermittent Fasting?
In the shortest terms, Intermittent Fasting (IF) is going for a period of time without eating. During this time, you only drink water, and you’ll notice that it feels different. You’re not exactly hungry, which you would think would be just the opposite.
You start to get an actual feel of when you’re hungry or just bored, too, which helps you even more to prevent overeating in the future.
How to Lose Weight with Intermittent Fasting
Some people who love to do a 24 hour fast.
I, on the other hand, do a two day per week, 16 hour fast and 8 hour eating window. Why not everyday? I like food, that’s why (lol). Weight loss is also not my number one goal right now. I do this on Saturdays and then the other day changes week to week.
Before I even start this post, let me tell you something that’ll help you with your anxiety/negativity on why you’re remaining the same or gaining weight from working out–this is perfectly normal, and NOT a bad thing.
It doesn’t make you fat. It doesn’t mean you’re not doing well with dieting. For the past two years, I’ve remained the same weight, while my body changed, and my muscles began to appear and my stomach began to shrink and define. That number on the scale does not determine how well you’re doing. 🙂
Why You’re Not Losing Weight
Let’s talk a little bit about muscle vs. fat.
Diets–I hate that word. But ladies love it, and it sounds “powerful” when we tell our friends about a new diet we’re going on, and how we’re excited/nervous to try it. BUT, then you stop. Life gets in the way–it happens, and there’s no reason to feel bad about it. It’s what you do after you can’t maintain that diet lifestyle where you see things go downhill.
When I diet, I feel restricted–mainly because I am. Most diets incorporate taking out some food group, when we could instead moderate what we eat and keep them all. We want to aim for something that is attainable over time–not just a specific amount. Diets do not last; they will not produce constant results, because there’s always an end point.
I remember being a teen and seeing most diets say “you can’t have sweets, and you can’t have carbs”. Damn it–my two favorite things! How am I going to live? How long do I have to do it for?
See what I mean? Right from the start of a diet, you’re already asking HOW LONG it is. You know it’s not going to be a lifestyle; just a timed fad. And what happens after that diet is over? We eat those foods again (and most likely overeat them because we were restricted), and then go back to our old lifestyle habits.
I don’t want y’all to go through this cycle of dieting and overeating, because I have been there, done that, and it damages you. Maybe not physically, but mentally–you start to feel bad for eating foods you love, you start thinking less of yourself because you can’t follow a diet. I want you to feel empowered, especially when it comes to food. We should be eating to give our bodies nutrients anyways, to show our bodies that we care about them.