Let me start by saying that I’m not a guy who forgets to eat. Never will you hear me say “Did I eat breakfast?”
If I’m not eating, I’m plotting what my next meal will be. I’ve never been on a diet in my life, but recently, a few friends told me that my pot belly was getting a little out of control.
So I decided to try what keeps Terry Crews in top shape: Intermittent fasting.
What is intermittent fasting?
There are two ways to practice intermittent fasting: either eat 500 calories 1 to 2 days a week, or go 12 to 18 hours a day without food every day. It’s more a dieting pattern than a diet.
Science has recently found some surprising benefits to withholding from food.
Research has linked it to losing weight, decreased risk of heart disease and cancer, improved blood sugar levels , and it can even help ward off neurogenerative disease like Alzheimer’s and Parkison’s and improve mood and memory.
I’m not a scientist, but those benefits sound almost too good to be true. This is why I wanted to try it for myself.
Here’s what happened when I tried intermittent fasting for a month (every day, I went 17 hours without food – from 7 PM to 12 PM).
I have to admit, the first few days were a struggle. I’m the kind of person that does their best work in the morning, but I was hindered early on because I was obsessing over food and lacked energy.
That being said, it was wonderful experience when it hit 12 PM.
After a few days, those hunger pains went away and I became accustomed to it. Not only did I start to feel fine in the morning, but my energy levels peaked. The morning coffee hit me hard and my productivity went through the roof.
That trend has maintained even now. My mind feels clear and focused in the morning and I’m able to get more work done than I ever have before.
So, if you’re going to try intermittent fasting, it might better to slowly wean yourself onto it. For example, for the first day, you could eat at 9 am, the second day at 10 am, the third day at 11 am etc…
The myths we need to stop believing
A lot of us believe that hunger pains are a bad thing….however there’s no evidence that says consistently eating boosts your metabolism, and contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t lead to overeating. Also, there’s no data that suggests breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
So, how do I feel now?
Intermittent fasting has now become my way of life. It feels damn good and I find myself being clear and focused. My energy levels have sky rocketed. I used to always get that afternoon slump when I felt tired at about 3 PM, but I don’t experience this anymore.
Eating has also come to be an experience that’s enjoyed, rather than just food to scoff down as fast as I can. This has made it easy to keep intermittent fasting going.
Also, after a couple weeks, I decided to try exercising (running and weights) as soon as I woke up on an empty stomach. I thought I would feel light headed and faint from working out on an empty stomach, but the truth is, I had more grit and energy.
Research has found that there’s major perks to doing this: apparently it’s meant to supercharge your body’s fat-burning potential.
My potbelly is still big, but that’s okay
I’d love to say that I completely got rid of my pot belly, but it’s still there. However, I have lost 2 KGs, which I’m guessing is a combination of running in the morning and intermittent fasting.
So in the end, my energy, focus and motivation have all sky rocketed, and I’m mindfully enjoying my meals a lot more. Pot belly, you’re next!
If you want to be inspired to try intermittent fasting, check out this video of Terry Crews explaining how he goes about it. It’s what inspired me to give it a try and I hope it can do the same for you.