The first week of my intermittent fasting experiment is done. It was difficult to say the least. Due to my commute and travel schedule, I was on the road every day this past week. Most days ended around 6 or 7 p.m., which made eating between 12-6 or 2-8 very challenging.
I was able to delay eating until 12:00 or 1:00 p.m. without a problem. Where I struggled most was not eating after 6 or 7 p.m. I knew this was going to be challenging for me, because of my schedule. Therefore, this week I practiced more of a 15-16 hour fast, instead of the 18 hours that I had originally planned. I am going to continue working on it this week, but here is what I have learned so far:
- I get really hungry by noon!
- I miss breakfast
- I thought about my next meal more than usual
- I personally do not enjoy eating all of my food in such a short window
- I did feel and look leaner by the end of the week – about Thursday
- I did not lose a significant amount of weight
I will admit that I did not do a good job planning this out. Because I drive an hour to the eating disorder facility where I work 2-3 days per week; and usually have personal clients in the evening after that; I realized very quickly that I should have done more planning. By the time I was done with my clients, it was 7 or 8 p.m. and I hadn’t eaten dinner. If you have a busy schedule, this style of eating will take more planning and probably meal prep, so that you always have food available to fit into the eating window you have given yourself.
Just a reminder: I am not doing this experiment for weight loss purposes. In fact, I am not even weighing myself (I never do). I am simply interested in testing this style of eating against some of the misconceptions and opinions out there. I will keep working on it this week and let you guys know what happens!