So far, I’ve managed to go three days intermittent fasting. I have managed to make it to the 16 hours without eating anything. I’ve been drinking black coffee, green tea, and mostly water. I have not had any food whatsoever during this time. I have had regular meals, but my calories are a little bit on the lower end. The reason for this is that I want to lose 50-pounds or so.
I’ve cut out all processed foods, all snack food, all fast food, all sugar drinks, and anything else that is not healthy. My bread consumption and high carbohydrate consumption is down to minimal. I’m finding I feel better when I eat a moderate protein diet with fat. I am consuming vegetables and some fruit as well. I tend to feel my best when I eat a combination of these foods.
Everyone is different when it comes to the diet that they try. Whether this is Paleo, Keto, vegetarian, and so on. I think the key finding is to make sure that your diet is as clean as possible and that you avoid processed food whenever you try intermittent fasting.
My hunger level has been average. I don’t tend to get hungry normally in the morning just after I wake up. I found the drinking water throughout the morning to help control any hunger pangs that I did have. It wasn’t until I got close to the 16 hours that I started to feel a lot hungrier. I avoided these hunger pangs and just kept up with my daily writing, which I do from home anyways.
It’s been easier than I thought it would be to avoid food. Once my meal is done at night, which is usually around 5–6, I don’t eat anything else. My wife and I went to the gym last night, and when I came back, I just drank water and then went to bed. I have not noticed any significant or extreme hunger that I thought I might feel.
My stomach is growling and making a lot of noise, but I don’t feel those extreme hunger pangs that you think you might feel when you have not eaten for 12–16 hours. Yesterday morning, on day two I had a slight headache but it went away within half an hour or so.
I have not had any massive food cravings like I thought might happen. I try to keep myself preoccupied as much as possible. it’s easier to put my thoughts into my writing and getting the articles done for the day been concentrating on food. I don’t have to get up, fix breakfast, and break my routine.
I was able to get through my workout session at the gym without too much difficulty. I didn’t notice a drop in my energy. in fact, I even lifted heavier weights then I did before. I have only been going to the gym for around a month-and-a-half now with my wife. I did not feel lethargic or run down. This is despite the fact that I have not consumed as many calories as I might have normally done with my regular three meals a day plus snacks.
I’m sure I would want to exercise in a fasted state. I might try that in the future, but for now, I tend to exercise a few hours after I’ve had a decent meal. This seems to give me the energy I need to get me through the workout.
What I Miss
I miss having my coffee in the morning with cream and sugar. This used to be my staple. For the past several weeks, I have cut it down to just having cream. Now that I’m intermittent fasting, I have removed the cream as well. Black coffee is a little rough to consume, and I’m not sure if I can continue drinking it for a long duration. I will probably make the switch to green tea or just water as this is far more palatable then bitter black coffee.
We will see how the next days play out.