Over the last few months, I have been researching for my next venture for my eatingright.info and have found a combo of things to try in an effort to find a healthier lifestyle.
Last year, I focused on giving up all processed foods to see where that gets me on the scale. By phasing out the processed foods and exercising, I dropped only about 25 pounds. I could tell that my body wasn’t craving those processed foods anymore and when I did indulge in something that I used to eat that was bad for me, I would have stomach aches almost immediately. So, my body was clean and my body rejected those bad foods.
Summer brought a lot indulging and I just watched myself balloon back to my original 230 pounds. With day temperatures around 100+ I stopped taking my nightly walks, I did however swim every night for about 8 weeks.
I have heard a lot of people talk about the Keto diet and I hate the word diet, I’d rather try to change my lifestyle for the long term than try some fad diet. I guess it took me over a year to read labels and stop buying processed foods by incorporating healthier choices into my daily eating routine.
So, I came across this article on Healthline.com, on Intermittent Fasting (IF) the 16/8 method. I have always thought about doing a fast or a cleanse to clean out my system, but this 16/8 method works pretty well with my current daily routine.
Simply, you fast for 16 hours and then eat within an 8-hour window. You sleep through half of the fasting hours so it’s not too bad. After waking in the AM you can drink water, tea or coffee until you hit your 8-hour eating window.
During this fasting time your body will start burning fat stored in your body for energy. I have quite a lot of fat, so I am happy about this part of the process.
I decided to combine my IF with Keto and Paleo foods. I have never paid close attention to my carb intake because I don’t usually eat a lot of carbs to begin with except my beautiful IPAs, ouch! They are loaded with carbs, 2 of them would max out my carb quota for the day! Check out this website called, getdrunknotfat.com it breaks down the carbs in all your alcoholic drinks.
I just got a stationary bicycle that I can ride for the remainder of these hot summer months while it is too hot to walk. I will be continuing my swimming into the fall.
I’m going to try this for 90 days and report back to you once a month with my stats.
Wish me luck!