My Experience With Intermittent Fasting 16/8 For Six Months

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I have been practicing intermittent fasting 16/8 since Decembre 2019.

During that time I followed a certain eating pattern: I did not eat for 16 hours and ate during 8 hours.

Since this seems to be a little abstract, I am going to describe a typical day with typical meals:

  • Getting up between 6 and 7.15, coffee, tea, water
  • sports, work, etc…
  • 1 pm first meal of the day: pasta, potatoes or rice and veggies plus dessert
  • coffee, tea, water during the afternoon
  • dinner between 8.30 pm and 9.30 pm

PS: Things i’ve learned are from this book.

How I schedule my meals during intermittent fasting 16/8

This schedule is quite specific, since I schedule my meals according to my activities.

The most demanding activity of my day is my ashtanga practice, that I usually have between 6.30 pm and 8 pm.

Since my digestion is very, very slow, I can not eat during the four or five hours before.

I tried it from time to time with the result, that I started to feel sick and had to go home (for the ones, who never tried ashtanga: There are a lot of bends and very deep twists, that are supposed to stimulate the inner organs and as well the stomach).

I love my practice, so I decided to finish my lunch around 1.30 or 2 pm and I won’t eat until after practice.

READ : Intermittent Fasting Diet Plan

Two big meals per day

After practice I have my dinner, that consists out of the same elements as my lunch.

So for everyone out there, who eats keto: My eating pattern is the opposite.

I eat loads of carbs and usually don’t pay that much attention to my fat intake or my protein intake.

I mostly go with the flow, trusting my body, that it knows, what it needs the most! Brings me to the next point: I do not plan anything.

If I feel like eating pasta or broccoli, it is going to be pasta or broccoli.

Usually I just buy a bunch of veggies, fruits, tofu etc… and cook it spontaneously.

Which changes (positive and negative) happened to my body/mind with intermittent fasting 16/8 ?

I noted the following changes after six months of intermittent fasting 16/8 :

Higher energy levels

I feel more energetic! Since my stomach is not digesting all the day, I have a greater focus on my work and also on my exercises.

I realized, that breakfast straight after getting up usually made me very tired and was not very beneficial for my overall well-being!

Less emotional reaction to food

I stopped feeling hangry! For two decades I was the kind of person, who freaked out, when my blood sugar dropped.

I would be aggressive, anxious etc. until I found a bakery.

This really affected my travels or even excursions to the city, since I always had to take a lot of emergency food with me

Weight-loss during intermittent fasting 16/8

Most interesting point for the majority of my readers: I lost weight!

I am not talking about crazy amounts of weight here.

In total I maybe lost three kilos (especially around my waist!). I never got rid of this weight with exercises and I never made a diet in my life (so I can not compare).

I guess that I reached my “healthy ideal weight” (climbing and pull ups became a lot easier, also the new space around my waste makes some yoga postures easier).

Delayed period

My period started to come with a little delay (around four days in average) and varies intensity-wise.

I am not sure, if this is connected to stress (more work, recent break-up), weight loss or my eating patterns.

There are some studies, that suggest intermittent fasting 16/8 is not for women, since it messes with the hormone levels.[1]

There is very little research about the topic, but I am going to observe it and consult an expert.

Update May 2020: Periods come on time again. I think the delay had other causes…

May 2020, pretty ripped with (more or less) consequent fasting, daily, short work-outs and a good amount of sleep!

Exceptions during intermittent fasting 16/8

I am quite strict on intermittent fasting 16/8 but I make exceptions.

One for instance is the first day of my period.

If I feel a lot of pain or I am generally down, I have breakfast or a snack during the afternoon (during my period I do not practice ashtanga anyways…).

Of course if I am sick, I stop intermittent fasting 16/8 .

I had a virus, that caused vomiting for a couple of days.

During that time I had a lot of small meals per day, since I don’t want to stress my stomach with large amounts of food at a time.

Also I discovered, that I can not handle very long periods of fasting.

It happened a couple of times accidentally, when my flight had delay,  when I was involved in a car accident or stuck in traffic.

The result were stomach cramps and bloating.

A new perspective on food

One very great benefit is the way, I started to see food.

Yes, I love, love, love eating and I am crazy about cooking.

I want to enjoy life to the fullest and eat my favorites every single day.

BUT: Food is no cure for stress, anxiety, boredom, loneliness or other negative emotions.

I realized, that I tended to snack, whenever something bad came up.

With intermittent fasting 16/8 I have to handle it in a different way.

I started to take walks, meditate, read a book etc… Food is our fuel but it should not replace other important needs like proper resting, sports, snuggling with a partner, friend or pet or just taking a few deep breaths!

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