In my last blog post, I mentioned how I began my battle against obesity. I may have gone to the gym already, but I recognize that exercise alone isn’t enough.
In pursuing my journey to become healthy, I needed to let go all the food I used to eat – fried chicken, pizza, French fries, ice cream, cakes, chocolates, name it. When you want to achieve your goal, you need to sacrifice something.
My situation forced me to change my eating habits. I also asked one of our coaches in the gym what food could lead to weight loss. Apparently, he didn’t directly answer my question. Instead, he advised me to try fasting, particularly intermittent fasting.
Intermittent fasting is now a trend in the health and fitness world. Though, there are other types of fasting, many celebrities and health conscious people are into intermittent fasting because of its eating pattern and benefits.
I remember asking my former boss if she was suffering from stress because I noticed that she was losing weight. She said she wasn’t stressed. It’s just that she was doing intermittent fasting. I, then, did my own research and was encouraged to try it.
Several studies have shown that intermittent fasting can aid weight loss, improved brain health, reduced risk of chronic health conditions, and improved markers of health.
Perhaps the most popular form of intermittent fasting is the 16/8 — fasting for 16 hours and eating for 8 hours only daily.
Fasting by itself requires a lot of patience and determination because there’s a lot of temptation along the way. What more if you don’t eat for 2/3 of your day?
As for the remaining 8 hours, you can eat whatever you want. But as for me, I chose to eat food that are low in carbs and high in protein and fiber since I want to lose weight.
Normally, I start eating my first meal by 12NN, which consists of 2 boiled saging na saba, 1 boiled egg, and 1 apple. I call this my “triple combo meal.” I, then, eat crackers, as well as drink a lot of water and coffee to keep me filled. Come 8PM, I return to fasting mode.
My first week of intermittent fasting felt similar to my first week in the gym, wherein I ended up having sore muscles. In the case of intermittent fasting, it was very difficult because I suddenly shifted from non-stop eating to long periods of fasting. I couldn’t help but remember the many times I feasted on my favorite dishes with unli rice. Fortunately, my pallet and my appetite were able adjust in the following days and weeks.
Nowadays, I prepare my own food. I make sure I have my greens, proteins, and fruits as part of my meals. Occasionally I eat salad (when my budget can afford it). Do I cheat? Yes, when I crave but not all the time, because if I do that all my hard work invested in this journey will be neglected.
Sometimes, I wish I was born petite, but accepting, loving, and caring for yourself is better than merely dreaming. One has to work for his or her dreams to come true.