What does breakfast even mean?
It means, BREAK-FAST. You are breaking your fast since most of us don’t eat in our sleep. haha
So fueling yourself properly is important.
I naturally have always fasted.
I’m just not hungry in the morning. I rather get up and go workout.
I have been like this my entire life until I had a trainer tell me I HAVE to eat before the gym…
So of course, I listened to her instead of listening to my own body since she was older and in better shape than I was.
I started having a protein shake with oats in it every morning and all the sudden, I gained weight, felt super tired and had no motivation to work out. I just figured I was getting older and that’s just what happens. So I stuck it out for about a year until I had enough of feeling like crap. I decided to go back to my old ways…My fasted workouts.
No breakfast in the morning. I would weight train then do interval cardio right after. I dropped about 15lbs in one month. I went back to having amazing energy and flying through my workouts. Then this whole intermittent fasting thing popped up and I was very curious about learning it.
As I did more research, I understood why I felt better not eating as much. Fasting allows your body to detox, heal and cleanse since it isn’t constantly breaking down food. Most people eat about 12-16 hours a day so it doesn’t give your body a lot of time to recover. I start eating usually around 11 and stop by 6. On the weekends, it can change… depending on if I go to breakfast or a late dinner but during the week, I do stick with my fasting.
Benefits of fasting:
- Balances Hormones
- Burns More Fat
- Weight Loss
- Improved Performance
- Steady Energy Through the Day
- Internal Healing
- boost immune system
Should you try Fasting?
If you are brand new to fitness, I would recommend easing into it. For example, go for a walk on an empty stomach then continue to advance. But you need to see how you feel on it. Everyone is different. Some people can’t do it because they get light headed and dizzy. Others completely thrive on it…so remember to play around with it for a few days and be mindful of how you respond to it.
How many meals should I do?
That is once again, your call!
Some people thrive with eating 1 time a day. I prefer 2 meals a day and maybe a snack. I usually start my clients off with 3-4 meals depending on their preference then adjust depending on how they respond to it. So I recommend doing the same!
When Should I eat?
Pick eating windows that work best for your schedule. Our lives are all so different and it is important to keep that in mind. My eating windows may be from 11-6 while yours may be best at 10-5. I know some people only have a 4 window eating schedule so it is your call.
I stand behind fasting because I do feel it is an easier way of life. I use to get stressed out thinking I have to eat all the time then I would just give up and feel like a failure so this has helped me mentally and of course, I am happier and healthier with my body! So double win.