So, my school year started a week ago. And, tbh, I’m only in a mood for biology, maths, German and nothing more. Summer passed by so quickly, it was like a dream, and now – desks and books again. And I barely can stand it. Plus, adults keep telling me about their school years in such a nostalgic manner and I’m so sick of it.
Anyway. Before starting my ‘let’s stay healthy, fam’ diet (or a meal plan, idk), I’d treat myself with a little of something sweet (ok, a whole jar of nutella) every day. It kept me motivated to do all the unpleasant stuff (physics, for instance). And more than half a year ago I gave up this option.
But the rest of my school, obviously, didn’t. And it’s so frustrating to see them eating cookies every break. Or even lunch, because I skip it, too. And that’s my way for doing the intermittent fasting.
Acc to every student’s best friend Wikipedia, intermittent fasting aka ‘if’ is ‘an umbrella term for various diets that course between a period of fasting and non-fasting during a defined period’. In other words, that’s the cycle of eat-starve-eat.
There are 3 main ways of this method:
- the 16/8 method. Also called the Leangains protocol, it involves restricting your daily eating period to 8 hours. Then you fast for 16 hours in between.
- eat-stop-eat. Fast for 24 hours once or twice per week. During the 24 hour fast, no food is consumed, but you can drink calorie-free beverages (such as water, plain tea, etc);
- the warrior’s diet. Includes fasting about 20 hours every day and eating one large meal every night. What you eat and when you eat it within that large meal is also key to this method. Imo, this method is the most controversial of all – why are calories needed at night, when you’re literally sleeping?
I personally chose a multi-combined way for myself. My school starts at 8 am, so I have to eat my breakfast at 7. If I followed the 16/8, I should stop eating by 3pm, when I still have my lessons. And food in the canteen is pretty unhealthy (as well as terrible), so that didn’t seem like a proper way to me. The eat-stop-eat didn’t work well for me and I simply couldn’t agree with the warrior’s rules, so I created a way for myself.
So I started following the keto diet – sugar, gluten, grain and starch free. On school days, I’d eat my breakfast at – as I mentioned – 7am, but would skip lunch or any kind of snacks. Then get my dinner before 6pm and fast till the next morning. And on weekends I’d follow the 16/8 – I’d eat my frugal breakfast at 10, something bigger for lunch and also a small dinner before 6.
And about the drinks. Water, coffee, tea and other non-caloric beverages are fine in any type of fasting – even in warrior’s diet, as well as mine. Certainly, with no sugar, honey or other sweetener in it! Small amounts of milk or cream are ok tho. Btw, coffee can be particularly beneficial during a fast, as it can blunt hunger.
I’ve been following such plan for 8 months rn and I could say it definitely WORKED. And still works. I moved from 60 kilos (130 pounds) to 47 (103 pounds), while my height stayed stable (in fact, it’s the same since 2013 – 1.6m (5’2 foot). Sugar levels in blood dropped in almost half of the past amount – to the norm and I finally started sleeping properly – no more insomnia left.
So, to conclude – intermittent fasting is one of the best ways for body weight loss, as well as having more monnnnney – ya skip some meals, so the weight you dropped gets put on that wallet.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask – I’ll be honoured :))
Thanks for keeping up with me and all the encouragement!