There has been something that has been bothering me a lot, and I feel a very strong need to address it officially to my community.
Here are some thoughts I have about fasting – both intermittent and extended periods.
Just a few days ago, I read yet another post from a blogger I respected about how frustrated she was over the controversy of fasting, and how she believed that fasting was the answer to weight-loss.
She kept going on about how intermittent fasting was minimizing calories for her and that she couldn’t wait to try out an extended fast.
Now, I have nothing but respect for this blogger, but I disagree with her belief that fasting is the end-all be-all answer to weight loss. Now, let me explain why…
My thoughts about fasting ~
BUT FIRST, a disclaimer:
I feel that there’s definitely nothing wrong with fasting. After all, everyone is different and needs to find what works for them. So don’t start throwing eggs at me if you don’t share the same opinions as me. You know I’ve always been super real with you!
My personal experience with fasting: I tried it and failed miserably.
I would push myself to go until 1pm or later to open my eating window. But here’s what happened…I ate whatever was in sight because I was starving! And I ate WAAAAY too much. I shoveled it in as fast as I could, which led to heartburn and other digestive issues that I will leave to your imagination.
Personally, I believe that eating a balanced meal that is correctly portioned is more important than waiting as long as you can to eat.
I urge you to do the same too. Instead of starving yourself until you can’t possibly go one minute longer, you should focus on eating a nutritious meal whenever your body signals that you are hungry.
I recommend for you not to see how many days you can go without eating, because it can be extremely dangerous.
Spend your time on building a meal plan that will actually help you nourish your body in a balanced way throughout the day. You will be more likely to reduce cravings and control emotional eating, especially in the afternoon hours.
Honestly, sometimes it is hard for me to do so as well. I thought intermittent fasting was the answer. It made sense to push off eating and let your system actually process everything that was in your body before you starting eating again.
Gosh, I sure am on a roll today! Let’s end off by super-charging this post with value for you.
Instead of engaging in fasting, what about reading these value-filled posts on my blog that I’ve written for you? They will actually do something for your health and fitness journey! 😉
As always, I’m rooting for you in your health and fitness journey!