Have you found yourself at a plateau and doing everything you can to break through it with no success? This pretty much wraps up where I was in my journey ... after having my 3rd baby and 3rd c-section I busted my butt for 20 months and I've had amazing results using Beachbody home workouts programs, shakeology, and portion control system with clean eating. It truly is my go to, in fact I still use it all but I really needed to dive into to something that would help me push through this barrier I seemed to have hit. Please keep in mind this is my personal journey and I am not a medical professional.
While I have heard it all -- you look great, your already skinny enough, go eat something ... please keep in mind this is my journey, posing can make things seem more "in tact" and can I say it again this is my journey. I have loose skin, things look great standing up but sitting down I have rolls. I am human and I love the progress I have made but still would love to tighten up the skin and see the abs that I know are under there!! My body has been on a roller coaster of shapes and sizes in the last 12+ years and my journey started and will always be focused on the health aspect not the weight. The whole reason behind what started my journey was chronic migraines, severely low blood sugar, kidney stones, and ovarian cysts on the regular. This led me on the path to health.
That is my story summed up for you. Now lets talk INTERMITTENT FASTING. Lets talk how it can help you for several reasons in your life. Fasting is NOT for everyone and while it is intriguing to try new things it is important to find what works for YOU. What works for me may not have the same effect for others, its all trial and error. That being said I think it is important to allow TIME to see if it works for you -- always a full 7 days -- preferrably 2-3 weeks to be sure.
I found this graphic and article to be beneficial when I was looking into the benefits. While I don't follow their specific plan I feel like they did a great job laying out the benefits. There are several "methods" of IF out there however I will always be a firm believer in eating enough, good clean foods, at least 3 meals a day in your window. I personally do the 16:8. That means I eat all my allowance of calories in an 8 hr window. I follow the fix portion control container system based on the fitness program I am doing at that time and eat those containers in my 8 hour window. I won't lie it was an adjustment for me as I was eating every 2 hrs prior to this. It has been very eye opening for me and I had to work through some kinks but the benefits have been amazing for me and so worth it.
Here is my schedule ... I am flexible as my life is chaos with 3 littles and a hubby who works 12 hour days so if I need to flex this an hr give or take to fit my needs I don't hesitate. REMEMBER, making this sustainable is the goal.
7 am wake up
8 -9 am bulletproof coffee (optional)
10-11 am PREFERRED time to workout for me
11-12 First meal of the day, I aim for high fat and protein
3 pm Shakeology and light protein with veggie/hummus or guac
6-7 pm Dinner Protein, carb, veggie
7-8 pm KITCHEN CLOSES -- fasting starts
If I feel hungry in between my meal times I will eat, I don't believe in deprivation but again I keep it clean wholesome foods. I believe in 80/20 lifestyle so if I have cravings I don't deny them all the time, just all things in moderation. I personally do not do "flexible dieting" or Keto diet -- personal preference on my end. I only drink water, tea, or coffee as well in my fasted state (and during the day)
I would love to hear any questions or success stories you have on IF -- since starting this journey for myself I have totally nerded out on nutrition!! Who knew I would find a new passion in all of this!! If you want to know anymore and dive deeper into IF with me I have a FREE group here!!