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16/8 IN­TER­MIT­TENT FAST­ING – LIESL

Fairlady - - THE HUNGER GAINS -

Quite frankly, I wasn't sure I could do this, so I chose the sim­plest op­tion: the 16/8 fast ba­si­cally re­quires you to skip just break­fast. You stop eat­ing at 8pm, then you can eat again from noon the next day, so you fast for 16 hours and nar­row your eat­ing ‘win­dow' to eight hours.

WEEK 1

For the first week I found my­self at a bit of a loose end in the morn­ing. I usu­ally get up and make my­self scram­bled eggs and tea first thing, but now I had noth­ing to do. On day one I made some tea and was two sips in be­fore I re­alised it had xyl­i­tol and milk in it, and that I prob­a­bly wasn't sup­posed to be drink­ing it. Had I slipped up al­ready?

I had a headache ev­ery day for the first week, and was mak­ing a con­scious ef­fort to drink more wa­ter. Dr Fung says headaches are nor­mal as your body is ad­just­ing to a lower salt in­take, but I'm guess­ing it was also partly de­hdra­tion – I don't drink nearly enough wa­ter dur­ing the day.

WEEK 2

I started to spend my time dif­fer­ently in the morn­ings: I boiled some eggs for lunch, had a glass of wa­ter when I woke up and some morn­ings I even had a bit of time to read.

I also re­alised I was no longer count­ing down the min­utes un­til noon. Be­ing busy at work helped take my mind off the fact that I was fast­ing; some days I'd look up and see that it was 2pm al­ready and it hadn't oc­curred to me that I should be hun­gry yet. Usu­ally, when I have break­fast, my stom­ach is rum­bling by 11am; this time I could eas­ily go un­til lunchtime be­fore I started feel­ing hun­gry.

The one thing I did miss was my morn­ing flat white, although that's more about the rit­ual of sit­ting down at my desk and eas­ing into the day with a nice cup of cof­fee than any­thing else. I tried to swap it out for a black Amer­i­cano, but it just wasn't the same. On the plus side, this was prob­a­bly sav­ing me a small for­tune…

‘The one thing I did miss was my morn­ing flat white, although that’s more about the rit­ual of sit­ting down at my desk and eas­ing into the day with a nice cup of cof­fee.’

VERDICT

I'm now on week four and I feel like I might stick to this way of eat­ing in­def­i­nitely. I had break­fast the other day and it felt quite odd to be eat­ing so early. In gen­eral I'm less strict on the week­ends – I love go­ing out for brunch and I don't want to miss out on so­cial­is­ing. I stupidly didn't weigh my­self be­fore I started, but I have since stepped on the scale a few times and I've lost a few ki­los. So far, it's more of a ‘my pants feel looser' than a dra­matic drop, but it's still en­cour­ag­ing since I don't feel like I re­ally ‘did' any­thing to lose the weight. I'm think­ing of work­ing in a 24-hour fast once a week or so – once or twice I just didn't get around to eat­ing lunch, so I've done it a few times al­ready.

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