Intermittent fasting – end of six weeks

I had intended to post each week with my progress, but life got in the way. Best laid plans huh. Anyway I’m at the end of the six week “fast diet” and here’s what i discovered:

  1. when the rules are black and white it’s so much easier. The difference between fasting days and non-fasting days were stark. Fasting days I was extremely disciplined but on non fasting days i found it harder to keep to the 1600-2000 cal limit. So my lesson from that was that I need more black and white rules to take away the judgement (and inevitable internal dialogue and justifications).
  2. you gotta measure to manage. I got bored with weighing my food and scanning bar codes to see what calorie count was. On the upside though I have a better feel for the calorie content of different foods and can estimate what more accurately what I should be eating.
  3. I had to be flexible with my fasting and non-fasting days. There were several occasions my fasting days coincided with dinner invitations with old friends or family that I refused to miss. At first i got a bit stress about it and thought I could still fast, but this proved too hard. So I just switched fasting days. no big deal.
  4. Finally, I think my weight is about the same as when I started. BUT I haven’t put in the effort with HIT exercise so I can’t really draw any firm conclusions on that front. I intend to continue with intermittent fasting and introduce more exercise. I think it is a sustainable way for me to control my weight, especially if I can work in the exercise and drop a few kilos.

Update from week two

The second week of intermittent fasting was mixed. Fasting days are easy because the the “rules” are black and white. I’ve worked out what I can have for breakfast and dinner to stay within the 600 cal limit and I’m really not tempted by anything else. Non-fasting days are a different story. I start off with the best intentions, but it all goes out the window if there are temptations at work – which is more often than not. For example – last fFriday there was a morning tea for someone that was leaving. Almost the entire morning tea was made up of sugary cakes, biscuits and slices. Once i started it was all over! I also find that I snack when i get home from work and again once I start there is no pause button!

So – lesson from week two – just don’t start eating anything that is going to blow my daily calorie intake.

I’m also having trouble resting the app. I had some data in there from trying it out a few months back and it just won’t reset. There has been some discussion on the Fast Beach forum, but no resolution as far as I can tell. This is al little annoying, but I’m tracking my food and exercise in myfitnesspal instead.

Fast Beach recently released a new exercise app. This has an interval timer and video demos of the exercises. This is great news because I’ve been having to switch between an interval timer app and the Fast Beach Diet app for my workouts. I’m going to start using this week and will let you know how it goes.