As promised, here’s the second part of the post from yesterday.
The final change I’ve made to my diet is the time frame in which I eat. I’ve been reading a lot about intermittent fasting. It makes sense to me, and I know several people who have had great results with it. There are many ways in which you can do this. I have chosen to restrict the hours during which I eat every day. I only eat between 11am and 8pm. I’ve been doing this for 2 weeks, and have had mostly good results so far.
The first week I did this, I also started walking about 2 miles every day. I lost 5.5 pounds that week, and jeans which haven’t fit for several years now fit, as well as a dress I haven’t been able to wear for almost 10 years. To be fair, the dress is still ridiculously tight, but I can at least get it on without busting a seam.
This is an easy way to restrict caloric intake. A little too easy. I find myself only eating 2 meals a day for the most part. Over the weekend I discovered that I need to be more careful about this. I ate dinner around 6pm on Friday. Saturday was a very busy morning, so I ate an Egg White Delight McMuffin (no cheese) from McDonald’s that morning and an orange juice, consuming a mere 300 calories. I didn’t get to eat again until close to 4PM. By that time I’d gone 22 hours with only 300 calories. I was feeling weak and sick, and had to eat very slowly when I finally got to a decent meal, because I was afraid if I ate too fast I’d throw up. It was not a good feeling. It bled over into Sunday and Monday, so those days I ate whenever I felt hungry so as not to exacerbate the problem. By Tuesday, however, I feel better and switched back to intermittent fasting.
I’ve been tracking my calories using My Fitness Pal on my iPhone. This lets me see when I need to eat more. Even after the weekend episode, there have been a few days this week when I still haven’t eaten enough calories. So I definitely need to look at how I can consume more calories.
I also found insufficient caloric intake to be detrimental to weight loss. After a while your body goes into starvation mode, and instead of losing pounds, it stores everything you eat. I gained 2 pounds back last week. Though that might also have something to do with the fact that I did not walk every day as I had the first week.
Overall, I like this plan of eating for several reasons. As with all “diets”, it just needs to be tweaked. Aside from the weight loss, it helps me to eat healthier. There’s a cafeteria in my building at work with all kinds of fatty, delicious breakfast foods. When I started working there, I gained 10 pounds from it. Now that I don’t eat until 11:00, it takes that right out of the equation. I’ve found that I need to play “tricks” like that with myself. I love breakfast food, and could eat it for every meal. So just telling myself, “I’m going to eat oatmeal instead of biscuits and gravy and bacon,” doesn’t work. Skipping breakfast entirely does.
I look forward to sharing more tips that work for me as I make more, small changes over time. What eating plan works for you?