People often ask me how I manage my eating to maintain my shape. The truth is that I eat the THERMOfit way you see in my programs pretty much all the time, well 80% of the time, following the 80/20 rule. Part of my routine also includes Fasting.
Fasting isn't for everyone, and when I first heard about it about 5 yrs ago, my first reaction was that it was ridiculous and I couldn't get my head around it.
As so many of us are, I was programmed so differently, and it was like going against everything I believed.
Fast forward to a little while later and continuing to hear about it more and more, I decided the only way I could make my final judgments was to try it out for myself.
Now, about two years after that, I enjoyed it so much that I still fast most days automatically and feel great.
I am not recommending that everyone go and fast as like I said, it's not for everyone (especially diabetics), and it can take time to first adjust to the idea and then the process, but I merely wanted to share with you my experience with fasting in hope it might answer some of your questions.
If you were already aware of the benefits of it and thinking of trying it out, I want to help give you some recommendations on how I suggest you can incorporate fasting into the THERMOfit Challenge for possibly even more results than the program alone.
The three main benefits I have personally felt by fasting;
- Less/no bloating.
- Stable energy throughout the day.
- Easier to maintain weight/body shape/measurements.
The theory behind this is that because we aren't busy digesting food it gives our bodies time to heal, repair and reduces inflammation. Also because we don't always have an abundance of energy coming in (food every few hours) we can better tap into our stored fat for energy. When we don't feed our body, it looks for an energy source to burn and it uses our stored fat which is fantastic.
Below is how I recommend incorporating it into your THERMOfit Challenge. However as I mentioned, if this is the first time you're hearing about it, and you are someone who must eat breakfast daily, don't start full on, maybe do a day or two here and there of what I mention below. It takes time for the body to adjust so don't go all in straight away, you should ease into the below.
- Aim for around 16 hrs not eating (mostly overnight) and 8 hrs of time where you can eat. For example; if you finish eating dinner by 8 pm aim not to eat until 12 midday the next day. I find that most achievable, sometimes it's more time, and sometimes it is less.
- Drink lots of water. You can have unsweetened coffee or tea but no sugar, honey or carbs.
- Eat if you are hungry, do not push it! The longer you go isn't better, once you are truly hungry that's when you need to eat. The most important thing is to be in tune with your body and know if you are truly hungry or just wanting to eat as a habit or lack of hydration (we can just need a glass or two of water sometimes).
- Always have a glass of water before your first meal of the day.
- Skip the Breakfast meal in the program or delay it for as long as you can until you get hungry. Always have a snack on hand with you if you go somewhere, in case you get Hangry (angry because you're hungry), the best snack bars form my program or nuts are ideal.
- In the 8hrs of eating time you will probably end up having two meals and a snack but if it is more or less than that is ok. As long as you only eat when you were hungry, you do not need to be super strict or attached to those time slots.