Okay, so tell me the truth. Do you think I went too far?
With the title of this article, I mean.
Now before I start getting hate mail (which would never come from you, because you guys are great!) please hear me out.
Yes, I realize using the words “fasting” and “effortless” in the same sentence may sound like an oxymoron, if not tasteless.
But I do have an explanation for this.
Weight Loss Yo-Yo
First, let me share a little background. I’m no longer the “skinny minny” I was in high school, and I’m thankful for that. Now I’m focused on growing healthier and stronger each day.
As a teenager, and like other young, impressionable girls, I was keenly aware, observing the world around me. Though I heard, “pretty is as pretty does” and “beauty comes from the inside”, I also observed a preoccupation with appearances, diets and physical attractiveness.
This combined with societal pressures that girls act and look a certain way places a world of confusion in young minds. As a result, my relationship with food was not always healthy. (Look for a future post on this as it’s a topic of great importance to me.)
But now, thankfully, I enjoy food as much as the next girl. And I’m no stranger to weight loss programs. As a mama to four beautiful, and now grown, babies my body has morphed from thin and frail from Lyme disease to round and 9 months pregnant, and everywhere in between more times than I can count.
With each pregnancy I was extremely nauseated, throwing up, unable to keep food down, the first several months. Needless to say I always lost weight and did not gain in the first half of the pregnancies.
And each time this would alarm my doctor, to which he would prescribe that I eat more and start putting on weight. This sounded like an impossible task until the nausea let up towards the latter half of the pregnancies. Then I would proceed full speed ahead by following my doctor’s orders.
You can probably see where this is going….With Drew, our first child, I ended up gaining 43 pounds in 4 months. For someone who’s only 5’6″ I’m pretty sure that set some sort of record?
After he was born I was so busy nursing and caring for a newborn that I was able to lose all the weight before we found out we were expecting his little brother, Cooper, 15 months later.
And, on it went. The weight went up and down with each little bundle of joy. And as our family grew, at times, so did my waistline. And may I just say, that our children have been the most amazing blessings.
So, thanks for indulging my little trip down memory lane, all to say this….
I understand the frustrations and difficulties of wanting to lose weight and putting it off because… I’m too busy with my job, or my family needs me, or there aren’t enough hours in the day, or I don’t want to spend money on a gym membership, or (fill in the blank with an excuse).
If you’re at all like me, we can come up with a million excuses, can’t we?
I truly understand.
The struggle is real.
If I could go back in time, I would approach my weight loss efforts with intermittent fasting (IF).
Why? Because (for me):
- losing weight is easier with IF
- it makes life simpler–less meal prepping
- doesn’t require you to record what you eat (even though I like to do this anyway)
- I can eat the healthy foods I want and not have to cut out entire food groups
- it helps my concentration
- has helped reduce my body pain (symptom of Chronic Lyme disease)
- it’s improved my short-term memory (another symptom of Lyme)
- fewer sugar cravings
Intermittent Fasting, Lose Weight The Easy Way
When you are fasting your body has to use its stored fat for energy. This is a good thing and much more effective than just cutting calories. If you want to lose any excess fat you’re carrying around IF is a great way to do it.
So forget what you’ve heard about eating 6 meals a day and read on.
When you’re fasting your body releases 2 essential fat burning hormones:
- human growth hormone (HGH)
- Norepinephrine (noradrenaline)
HGH can aid in both fat loss and muscle gains (1).
When Norepinephrine is released it breaks down body fat into fatty acids which are burned for energy (2).
Also, during fasting periods, insulin decreases significantly (3). This leads to fat burning.
And more fat burning!
Simplify Your Life
When you eat less often you have fewer meals to plan for. You have less grocery shopping to do. Not to mention, you spend less money on groceries because you’re eating less food.
Yes, you do need to make healthful choices. But, because you’re making healthy choices when you do eat, there’s no need for calorie counting or point tracking. And attending meetings with weigh-ins and complicated point systems is not necessary.
And that hour-long aerobic workout you’ve done every day for as long as you can remember? Feel free to cut back to 2 or 3 days a week for 30 minutes instead. And you might even replace the aerobics with weight training, such as kettlebells. Stay active, but do something fun.
I’m not saying counting points or working out every day is bad or that you shouldn’t do it. I still keep a food diary because it makes me aware of what I’m putting into my body.
Whatever works best for you is what you should do.
I just want to share the success I’ve had with IM and encourage you to try it for yourself and see what you think. Simply look at this as a chance to try something new.
Intermittent fasting is a great way to burn excess body fat and lose weight. It’s easy to do compared to many other weight loss plans and has several health benefits.
Have you tried intermittent fasting for weight loss? Please share your thoughts and experiences below in the comment section. I love hearing from you and will reply to your comments as soon as I possibly can.
To learn more about intermittent fasting you may want to read:
- 9 Essential Questions About Intermittent Fasting Answered
- 9 Health Benefits Of Intermittent Fasting
- The Quick Guide To Intermittent Fasting
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