What Is Intermittent Fasting?

Intermittent fasting has been very popular for a very long time now. I first heard about it around six or seven years ago when one of Indonesian celebrity adopt this diet and transformed himself from a chubby magician, into a buff mentalist. Wasn’t really interested because the way he promoted it as his own hadn’t been backed up with science.

Until a couple of years ago, when I actually heard about the real intermittent fasting. This time it was not being endorsed by a celebrity overselling a diet method, but from a weight loss community where science and result came hand in hand. Only then I was intrigued.

I’ve been thinking about it for awhile now, since I am restarting this weight loss journey.

In the past I did not even consider intermittent fasting because I don’t see the benefit of it. I was a home maker, and I have my time to maximise CICO by spending time experimenting with food and recipe. It worked, and I am sure it is still working now.

However, now that I am working, I have less time to work on my CICO properly. In fact, I am sure that I don’t have enough fibre on my diet now (a problem I intend to fix with the help of fibre supplement). The notion of “you don’t have to count calories on Intermittent Fasting” is indeed appealing.

But how can you lose weight if you are eating more than you are spending? That is impossible. Intermittent Fasting did not answer this problem directly, however there are some people who have done Intermittent Fasting, and indeed succeeded, who came up with a good answer.

Having a small window of eating time, you are more likely to eat under your calories allowance.

– successful Intermittent Fasting practitioners
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I can see the point, and I kind of think that this 18/6 method would work around my working schedule. Which means I should just skip breakfast completely (or having only black coffee for breakfast), and eat when I come home at around 3 ish, and have my last much at 8 ish.

So… I tried it for a couple of days, of course while still counting my calories to make sure I am not going over. Boy… the hunger when I come home and not eating anything made me want to eat anything in vicinity. And I started to reach out to anything edible in the vicinity…

I was glad I was still posting entries for the food journal, so I saw how quickly the calories stacked up closer and closer to my daily goal. And I was still hungry.

Not sure where I did it wrong, but I am sure that if I wasn’t watching my CICO, I would have gone over by tonnes. I wonder if there should be stages in Intermittent Fasting, like you have to do 16/8 before 18/6, and then go to the 20/4.

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For the record, I am an early riser, so when I gave Intermittent Fasting a try, I did a long waking hours without food. I started craving for food while at work. And, yes I have heard delay don’t deny thing too, but still… I kind of feel that it is incredibly torturous.

However, Intermittent Fasting practitioners out there… Please if you have something that might be able to help me, let me know. Or if there is anything you’ve done that can help you from feeling hungry all the time. How do you make this work?

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2 Replies to “What Is Intermittent Fasting?”

    1. Hi Rick. Thank you for commenting… Don’t you feel hungry? I started working at 9 and finish at 2. if I do 8/16 intermittent fasting, I will have to start before 9 (and finish at 5pm, which is before supper) or after 2 (and finish at 10pm which is my bed time). I found it really difficult to do it like that everyday 🙁

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