I’ve always worked in the health and fitness industry. It’s my passion and I love what I do, but after I had baby number three, I was in a serious weight loss funk. When you’re the girl everyone looks to for fat loss advice and inspiration, it can hard knowing all eyes are on you to bounce back and lose the baby weight. I had done it twice in the past, but this time things were different. I had three kids. One was starting school, one was an energetic two year old, and one was an adorable (but needy) newborn. I was busy, and finding the time to meal prep, eat six small meals a day and workout for over an hour was nearly impossible. My old strategies for losing weight and staying in shape were no longer a realistic option. I knew there had to be a better way, so I got to work, did my research and quickly discovered intermittent fasting. Four months later, I had lost 50 pounds of baby weight and more importantly, I had gotten my life back. Gone were the days of fretting over when to eat, what to eat, and waking up early to squeeze in a workout. If you’re looking for a way to change up your weight loss routine, I highly suggest intermittent fasting.
How I Lost Over 50 Pounds with Intermittent Fasting
What is intermittent Fasting?
Intermittent fasting is not a diet. So many people hear fasting and think that it means they’ll have to starve themselves. This is totally not the case. Intermittent fasting is simply a schedule for eating. The idea behind intermittent fasting is to get your body into a fasted state. This usually happens 8 – 12 hours after your last meal. Most people rarely get into the fasted state because they’re eating late in the evening, then having breakfast first thing in the morning. But, when your body is in the fasted state, it starts to burn stored fat.
How is Intermittent Fasting done?
I do 16/8 intermittent fasting, meaning that I fast for 16 hours and eat all my food in an 8 hour window. On a typical day, I have my first meal around noon and stop eating around 8pm. This gives my body approximately 16 hours of being in the fasted state, which means 16 hours of burning stubborn stored fat!
Benefits of Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent fasting is a simpler way to eat. You don’t have to meal prep, eat multiple small meals each day, count calories, or portion your food into color coded containers (we’ve all be there, right?). While I still like to count my macros and track my carb intake, many people can lose weight with intermittent fasting without changing their diet at all. Again, because most people’s bodies never enter the fasted state, it is totally normal to see results as soon as you start fasting, even if you don’t change your diet.
Intermittent fasting leaves you feeling satisfied after a meal. Instead of eating a handful of almonds and half an apple, you get to eat real meals. That’s right… you get to eat a big meal, with your family, and walk away feeling full. When you’re eating six small meals a day or portioning your food into containers, you never feel fully satisfied after a meal and you’re always looking forward to your next “snack”.
Intermittent fasting helps you lose fat, especially stubborn fat. Once your body is in the fasted state, it starts to use stored fat for fuel. Instead of running on glucose, your body is stealing fat sources and using them as energy. This is great news for muffin tops, jiggly bellies, and, dare I say it, thunder thighs.
Intermittent Fasting has a multitude of health benefits. Studies have shown that intermittent fasting lowers your risk of type 2 diabetes, reduces inflammation in the body, is beneficial for your heart, may help prevent cancer, and may even extend your lifespan. You can learn more about the health benefits of intermittent fasting here.
Intermittent fasting has been a game changer for me. It has simplified my life, allowed me to enjoy food again, and obviously, helped me lose over 50 pounds of baby weight. If you want to learn more about intermittent fasting and other tips and tricks for losing weight, join my free Facebook group. Join a community of women who are ready to quit dieting and start losing weight.
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