Back on February 15, I told you about a little change I had made in my Ketogenic eating style. Instead of just doing Keto, I decided to also add Intermittent Fasting to my lifestyle. This is fairly common in the Keto community, and I decided to give it a try.
As far as I recall, I had never fasted in my life until I started this on February 14, Valentine’s Day. Today is March 5, so I have been doing daily Intermittent Fasting for the past 19 days. When I started on this, I was doing a 19/5 schedule, meaning that I was fasting 19 hours per day, with a 5 hour “eating window”. I only at between 2 PM and 7 PM each day.
Really, I was surprised at how easy it was! I was simply not hungry! There would be a few times during the morning, and especially around noon, when I would feel a bit hungry, but if I just rode it out, after 30 minutes or so, I felt fine again. This was getting near to my normal eating time anyway (2 PM), so it was not a big problem, really it was not a problem at all.
I was really surprised that the fasting was and still is so easy! To be honest, I even have extended my fast, I am now on a 20/4 schedule, eating between 3 PM and 7 PM daily. Between 7 PM and 3 PM the next day, I do not eat anything at all.
Although I did not do this specifically as a weight loss thing, I consider any weight loss to be a great side benefit. My goal in adding IF (Intermittent Fasting) to my Keto lifestyle was to accomplish a couple of things:
- Gain even better control of diabetes, keeping my blood sugar very low.
- Be able to accomplish my goal of eliminating all oral medications and insulin used to control diabetes.
I have already accomplished both goals! In fact, it was only about 3 days after starting IF that I accomplished my goals! I am very happy about that.
One thing that has greatly surprised me recently is the burst of energy that I am experiencing. All day long, even when I have been fasting for a long, long time, I am really full of energy! I also have a general feeling of well-being. I am very happy. The types of energy levels that I am experiencing are something that I do not recall feeling at any time in my life. It is really fantastic.
Before starting the IF regimen, I had read a lot online and seen people mention in YouTube videos that while fasting you would experience periods of great mental clarity. For my first week or two, I never experienced this and was really unsure if it would really happen or not. But, in recent days, I have been experiencing this a lot. My mind is very clear, my thought process is accelerated, streamlined, and just kicked up to a different level.
It is really a fantastic feeling!
Since starting the IF, 19 days ago, I have lost 9 pounds. Like I say, that is a side benefit and was never my goal. It is a welcome side benefit, though. I am feeling very healthy, energetic, mentally better, etc. It is a great lifestyle, and I can’t imagine stopping this fasting. I believe it will be my lifestyle for a long time to dome.