Fasting: The B-Side To Eating

Not many know this, I don’t know why, it’s not like I could keep it a secret? But I once, was a bit of a fatty bum bum. I could deep dive into the reasons why. maybe unhappiness, boredom, filling a void yadda yadda. The point is, it happened. More rolls than a bakery.

This was between the ages of 18 – 20 ishhhh but I lost all the weight in 9 months by purely calorie restricting (not the best way to do it, but it worked and I’ve kept it off for 5 years now pretty much!)

I’m talking about 32 pounds of lard melting off! Whenever I see weights in the gym that equal that, and I struggle to pick them up. It’s a shocker.

I am not going to attempt to teach about fasting on this post, there are a million resources out there to learn about fasting and it’s tonnes of benos. I just want to document my own experience of fasting for my own reference and maybe someone becomes inspired.

I attempted 16:8 fasting several times in the past but it wasn’t done quite right. I would cram food in my eating window and it defeated the purpose. Plus I would stare at the clock and as soon as the eating window open I had shot out the gate faster than a greyhound chasing a sandwich.

But since reading Dr Jason Fung’s Guide to fasting. I have actually educated myself on what fasting is all about and read all the studies that showed it’s many benefits.

For the last 3 weeks I have roughly (not too strictly) been doing OMAD (One meal a day) typically 24:1 or 22:2. So I eat all my food for the day in 1 to 2 hours. I do calorie count, this but this is so I also eat ENOUGH.

Occasionally I will have a day that doesn’t quite follow this, but generally its going very well!

We’re going to bullet point because we’re still fat and lazy inside…

But here is what I have observed so far…

  1. No more stomach aches from eating too late/often/much. You’d think fast 16 hours and eating 8 hours was pretty much what everyone did anyway? WRONG! Most of us eat about 18 hours a day! Me included.
  2. Weight loss. Obvs. This isn’t the primary goal as I am at a healthy weight.
  3. Realising how much I ate just due to boredom! And forcing myself to sit through the unbearable moments of nothing to do and NOT reaching for something to eat. I am really building up that fasting muscle!
  4. The mind’s hunger is WAYYYYY worse than physical hunger. You can sit there with your belly rumbling just fine. But try ignoring your inner fatty who keeps whispering to just eat something. Anything. NOW.
  5. If you are consistent general over eating does fade, I actually struggle to eat as often as I would normally. I have a decreasing interest in food and I am not rushing to cram all food in my face ASAP.
  6. Allows me to be more mindful with the food I make and eat. Especially after reading Dr Fung’s book and understanding the two compartmental system.
  7. I realise what foods trigger me more than others to break my fast early. Ritz crackers by the box was a slip up. Sorry future Josie.
  8. I used to have such a sweet tooth but it’s a lot less now. I tried some dark choc and really didn’t want it.
  9. My housemates suddenly developed a desire to make baked goods all the time right around the time I started doing this which seems to be a test haha.
  10. I tend to eat after a days work, I work and workout so much better in a fasted state.
  11. I used to HATE tea. I generally don’t like hot drinks. But I’ve found a way to drink warmish herbal teas during my fasting and now I have a huge teabag collection. Finally British!

As I type all this out now, It’s giving me a lil boost to get back on track as I have been slipping recently.

Come through healthy new habits!

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