You may have heard of Intermittent fasting before, if you haven’t, this health trend is one of the extreme movements that has taken over the wellness world. Basically, it’s time-restricted eating, which isn’t a diet, it is simply scheduling the time you eat every day. You split your day into two parts the time you fast and the times you eat. There are various fasting schedules in Intermittent fasting. I tried the most popular schedule, 16:8; i.e 16 hours of fasting then eating in 8 hours of window and 12:12 during my working days. It’s all about when you eat!
After my school days, I lacked an active and productive life. Which is where my struggle with weight began. Ultimately, my weight and laziness piled on pretty rapidly and I was never motivated to do anything. Due to the stress eating and my sedentary lifestyles, I was diagnosed with PCOD (Polycystic Ovary Disease) and chronic stress, and that definitely played a role in my weight gain, mood swings and much more. And, every time I used my PCOD as an excuse for my weight gain.
The best of all medicines is resting and fasting.
My turning point was when I stopped feeling good about myself. That’s when I decided to take matters into my hands. After a lot of research and consulting with my doctor, I started Intermittent fasting with the help of zero.app (by keeping 11:30 am to 7:30 pm as my feeding period), 10 minutes of stress reduction meditation sessions by cure.app, 45 mins of workout and most importantly, I stopped stress eating! I followed this routine for a month and would love to follow for a longer time. This may sound drastic and weird, but it’s actually been calming.
How Intermittent fasting helped me to get my life on track
- I started listening to my body: I learnt about what to eat and started to eat according to my needs. Which resulted in no more stop stress eating. Whenever I’m feeling stressed and anxious I drink water and just watch cute animal videos as my distraction instead of eating.
- I feel healthy and good about myself: I lost only a few inches but gained a lot of strength without having to stop after 30 seconds because I’m out of breath. I love shopping and I started enjoying it more, rather than sitting in the changing room crying and sweating because I didn’t feel good about myself before.
- Finally regular periods: Intermittent fasting reduces insulin resistance, induces in cellular cell repair such as removing waste material from cells and lowers sugar level. This results in getting your periods on track with less menstrual cramps.
- Improved focus and productivity: Intermittent fasting has benefits on the body as well as on brain health. After a week of following it, I started feeling relaxed and made a habit of completing most chunks of my work before 2 pm. Another observation, fasting every day improves my discipline towards my work and hobbies.
Intermittent fasting can make you feel lethargic, irritated and you might give up. It made me feel the same at the beginning. But, it was a lifestyle change for me because it benefited me – physically, emotionally and mentally.
I stopped worrying about a perfect life, regardless of my weight, chronic stress and unachieved goals. Over time I learnt that there’s more than losing weight. Whenever I meet my friends and I break my fast, or I don’t break my fast at the right time because I can pick again from where I left off. Which is totally alright!