Well I should really change the name of this blog to ‘the person who wants to be fit but is too lazy’
Since my last post over a year ago I haven’t run much. I had a new job and was working shifts, which was leaving me exhausted and apart from a 5K funrun, I did nothing. I am still a member of my local gym but that is also pretty hit and miss too. I changed jobs again as I couldn’t stand nights and the new job means I work until about five, which in theory was good as I can go after work…… Nope not happening……. The reason being is that I am a now a housing support worker and after visiting clients, I can work from home. This means I am already home, I’m not going past the gym and it seems stupid to drive to a gym to exercise and pay a membership when I can run for free on my treadmill or on the street. Well that’s my logic
I know I have lost all my fitness because I agreed to do a 10K in aid of charity so I went to a new running group at my gym to get up to the 10K again… OMG i struggled keeping up, my chest hurt and at one point I thought I would throw up and I had only run 2 miles!!!!! I was too embarrassed to go back to the club and apart from a few body-pump classes at the gym and some swimming ( I can’t swim well ) it means my gym membership is basically paying for a sauna!!!!! So in my quest to tone up with little effort, my googling brought me across intermittent fasting or IF as its known.
Basically instead of eating breakfast you extend it so that you are eating later on in the day. I started off gradually as I love my porridge with fruit, nuts and seeds and instead of eating at 8 when I woke up i gradually extended it by an hour each time until I was having it at noon. This was technically lunch time that I was eating breakfast so it meant that at dinner time I would eat my lunch and I had literally dropped a meal a day. I would have snacks to make sure I was still eating my daily allowance and I drank a lot of water and to be honest I was never hungry. I would stop eating at 8pm and not start until 12 noon the next day…. this was classed as 16-8 (16 hours fasting and 8 hours eating ). And it worked! I wasn’t using the gym like I said and though the scales didn’t show much difference, I was losing body fat. It showed in my abs…… all that ab work had paid off as i could see them showing. After a while though, even though I still wasn’t having breakfast until noon, I started eating the wrong things like takeaways and ice-cream (vegan of course). So had put on a few pounds and I didn’t like it. As i have said before I like to google and I came across extended fasting, where you do it for 24 hours or more. It sounds extreme but I know that sometimes while i’m so busy working, I have forgotten to eat my noon breakfast, which means I am going straight onto dinner and this is classed as OMAD (one meal a day) and meant I was technically doing 20-4 or 22-2 without even realising. So would a longer fast show even more benefits and would it be hard to do? I’m currently reading a lot about it and people have done it for centuries and it has helped with the following:
- weight loss
- improved markers of health
- a reduced risk of chronic health conditions
- improved brain health
The first one was the one I wanted and this is the information on how it works :
Intermittent fasting may drive weight loss by lowering insulin levels.
The body breaks down carbohydrates into glucose, which cells use for energy or convert into fat and store for later use. Insulin is a hormone that allows cells to take in glucose.
Insulin levels drop when a person is not consuming food. Whilst fasting, it is possible that decreasing insulin levels causes cells to release their glucose stores as energy. So basically its using your fat stores as energy instead of using the large large pasta dinner you just ate and therefore helping you get rid of your tum.
I agree it sounds extreme but in theory it makes sense. I know my amount of fasting has helped me and as its coming up to holiday time, I am looking into extending my fasting for 24 hours or more. There’s loads of research out there so if you are interested just be like me and google lol
I will keep you updated if I decide to do it and let me know if any of you have done it and what the results were.