Intermittent Fasting 101
How are you beauties?
Great, I hope. It's now the second week in January; how are the resolutions coming along?
Many people begin to falter on their goals of getting their most healthy and happy around now. I don't want that to be you, ok? If you need to, refer back to your list of WHYS if you're motivation to keep going is beginning to wane.
Today, I want to briefly talk about intermittent fasting (IF) with you. I've been using IF as a busy mama for some time now--not strictly, but just because after testing it, realized I liked it's effects on fat loss and maintaining my level of energy. Plus, it works for busy folks who don't have time to eat 5 meals a day at separate time intervals.
IF is a very simple method of eating--you have a period of fasting, and a period of eating. For example, my fasting window is typically from 8 pm to 11 am, and my eating window is from 11 am to 8 pm. For me, this works. Since I'm still breastfeeding, I don't want my eating window to be too brief. Note: if you notice any decrease in milk, IF may not be for you! I've done IF for years and my body is used to its effects, therefore it doesn't negatively impact my milk.
Your eating window should still provide you enough time for your unique schedule to allow as many calories as you need for a healthy diet.
But keep in mind, quality matters! I don't want you ladies to fast for 15 hours, only to eat pizza, cereal, or white pasta once coming out of your fast. This is a no-no! And will trick your body into holding onto fat; not losing it!
If you try IF, be sure to plan your meals accordingly. Aim for high proteins, veggies--whole foods! What are whole foods? Think of whole foods as foods being from the Earth herself--natural foods. You can begin to test if the food you're eating is natural or too processed by a simple test: after you eat it, do you feel energized or lethargic? If you are exhausted after you eat chips, pretzels, soda, and other processed junk foods--it's because your body is working OVERTIME trying to digest it!
Be kind to your body during our challenge. Aim to eat foods that energize her. Aim to drink more water. Aim to continue to do our workouts at least 3x a week. The results will be dramatic--your skin will be vibrant, clothes will fit better, sleep will improve, and (extra credit)--if you're doing our meditations in the Mommy Makeover Challenge, you'll have more joy and peace in your life as well.
If you need coaching, support, and accountability during our challenge (and after), apply to join my private coaching group! Only looking for ladies serious about smashing all their fitness and lifestyle goals in 2020.
Keep up the amazing work! Tag me and share your journey so I can follow you ladies back on social!