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Intermittent Fasting: The Only Way I’ve Ever Been Able to Diet

In my previous post, I talked about how I dropped 20 pounds.  As I mentioned, diet is first and foremost.  I once read that diet is 40% of your weight loss efforts.  I totally believe it.

In college, I tried the whole “six small meals a day” movement.  Meal prep was a total pain in the ass, and I always ended up overeating.  Food-wise, our family was brought up very Italian, so we ate massive dinners with tons of pasta.  As I’ve gotten older, that appetite has never gone away.  One day, I decided six small meals just wasn’t going to ever be me.

I came up with a system that I’ve followed ever since.  In the morning around 9 a.m., I have about 400-500 calories of high protein with a little boost of caffeine.  Usually, my stomach will start grumbling around 4 p.m.  That’s when I have my pièce de résistance which is a meal of whatever I want.  It’s about 1000 to 1200 calories.  I look forward to it all day.

 

And now, my diet habit has a name: intermittent fasting.

And you know what?  It’s the only way I’ve seen the pounds fly off.  It also has the added benefit of making me feel more productive.  That’s mostly because I’m not concentrating on shoving food into my face every two hours.

Obviously, I was concerned about the implications of fasting, so I talked to my dad (a doctor) to make sure it was a wise decision.  Not only is it totally fine, it’s actually more healthy than one might assume.  Our ancestors have been fasting, quite literally, since the dawn of time.  It’s been associated with longer lifespans and some even consider it a religious experience.

I found a pretty incredible article about the benefits of intermittent fasting on Healthline.  I definitely recommend checking it out and figuring out if IF might be right for you.

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