I know I haven’t written a blog post in a while (just got accepted into grad school. need I say more lol) and have been MIA with my recipes and personal health endeavors but today I was encouraged to start again because I wanted to share the start of a new eating pattern/journey! I officially started this pattern of eating today after doing research over the past week or two. I actually follow a trainer named @followthelita on Instagram and have been for a couple of years! She’s an awesome trainer and gives real advice without being dramatic and egotistical. She just started her intermittent fasting journey recently and I read about it on her Facebook page. It seemed like a pattern of eating I could easily follow so I’m trying it now. Intermittent fasting is a pattern of eating where you fast for a 16 hour period and eat in an 8 hour window (most common). There are other ways of following this pattern such as the eat-stop-eat method and the 5:2 diet (which are only recommended once you’ve tried and mastered the 16/8 method). The eat-stop-eat method is when you fast for a 24 hour period and do this maybe twice a week and eat normally the rest of the week. The 5:2 diet is where you eat only 500-600 calories on no-consecutive days. It’s benefits are that your insulin levels do not peak and actually lower due to smaller eating windows (you’re not eating small meals throughout the day where your insulin levels are going up and down and back up and down). Studies also show it increases the release of the fat burning hormone, noradrenaline. Also, your metabolic rate increases, meaning you are burning more calories at an increased rate. This was my routine for today:
SO this was my meal plan of the day. I was off for the 4th of July so it was a bit easier to stick to an eating plan. It should get interesting when I go back to work tomorrow. Hopefully, I’ll stick to it and eat enough calories during the eating period. I have a tendency of not eating breakfast anyway so I figured this would be a great meal pattern for me. Let’s see how this goes and I’ll check back in soon!