Surely, I must be doing something wrong.
It can’t be possible that sticking to a meal plan would be this easy.
That has run through my mind a lot over the past couple of weeks, that there’s no way this is working as a long-term, sustainable style of eating because it’s pretty simple to stick to.
Things have really been going smooth over the past couple of weeks. I had a check-in with Coach Krissy last week and, well, it wasn’t as great as it could have been. I had gained weight, gained body fat and gained inches which immediately made me think “Damn you intermittent fasting, you suck!” but when I took a step back and looked at the whole picture I could see that there were other factors playing into this:
- My daily caloric intake had increased by 1,000 calories
- My time spent doing cardio had decreased
- Birthday cake
So I continued beyond this little bump in my journey and set my sights on the next two weeks. One thing I’ve really noticed a difference in is my sugar cravings. They’re nearly non-existent. Granted, if something is in front of me I’m going to eat it regardless of whether I actually crave it but I’m able to walk through the grocery store and not think “Hi, cookies. I want to eat you.” every time. I’m thinking that this might have something to do with the fact that I’m eating more natural sugar than I was before in the form of a couple servings of fruit.
It hasn’t all been sunshine and roses, mind you. I will say I have noticed a few things while fasting that I have never otherwise experienced. The biggest one being that during my fasted state, with the exception of when I’m at the gym, I am SO. COLD. It’s summer and while it’s not a particularly hot day outside I am sitting in front of my laptop wearing sweatpants, a t-shirt, a fleece sweater and slippers and I’m shivering. As soon as I eat my body temperature shoots up and I’m warm (too warm) and toasty again. That leaves something to be desired.
Also on my list of cons are rest days. I find going to the gym to be a natural appetite suppressant. I’m not hungry when I get back from the gym so I have no problem getting through a couple of hours without eating. Rest days are a different story though. Maybe it’s that I’m still getting used to it but I find by the time I finish my fasting period on days where I don’t work out I am definitely ready to eat! I have to keep myself good and distracted doing other things so I don’t think about it as much.
Here’s some more pros to counter those two things.
WATER! I’ve never drank so much water. The other day I drank two gallons of water without even trying. I’m not drinking anything else (tea, coffee, pop, etc) apart from my BCAAs in the morning so it’s been really easy to get in plenty of H2O. My skin is absolutely loving it. My entire life I have had bumpy eczema on my arms and now it’s just dots – smooth dots.
Lastly, the gym. I have been setting personal bests left and right over the past four weeks. I’ve never felt so strong. I’ve never been able to put out this kind of effort in a workout. I’m lifting heavier than I ever have and I’ve been able to push myself so much harder than I ever used to. I truly believe IF has had a positive role to play in that.
I’ve decided to continue this experiment and keep intermittent fasting for the time being to give my body more of a chance to show me whether it was a good experiment or a failed one. 🙂