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5 Things I Learned In My First Year + Of Intermittent Fasting
I started Intermittent Fasting [IF] over a year ago and this is my take on it: me, my body, and my issues. Your results may vary :)
Intermittent Fasting, or as I tell others, “I changed my eating schedule” is a way to schedule eating and not eating times. I almost never tell anyone I am doing Intermittent Fasting as that too often leads to an “I know more about that than you and let me tell you why it’s bad and won't work” kind of interaction….UGH! I don’t see myself as one who fasts, but rather as one who stops eating at certain times — and those times are subject to change.
My good friends and my family are also into this as they saw the changes in me, my body, and my energy levels — but more about that as I progress through my take-aways.
1 — It's a lifestyle; not a diet
We do have an obesity epidemic in much of the world and selling commercial diet products is big business. But from my take [and yes I have tried some “diets”], they signal food restriction and obsession about what products we are eating and how many calories are in everything. Diets seem aimed at making one feel guilt, making weight loss the only or top reason for doing that “diet,” and more of what I have come to see as “diet-negatives.”
Too many diets come as a one size fits all — and frankly, that ain't my thing. I eat well, most always have, buy as much organic food as I can, and take “good” supplements [more on that in an upcoming story.]
And from all I’ve read, diets become yoyo activities as the weight rarely stays off — so a new diet is tried — etc. — and many gain back more than they ever lost.
I had read some research on Intermittent Fasting and loved what I was reading, and after a long time of thinking about this, I decided to give it a try. To be honest, what I liked back then were the non-weight aspects of fasting — but losing weight was also on…