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Last week I experimented with Intermittent Fasting (IF). I’ve been trying to find a way to give my body a little boost when it comes to burning fat as fuel, along with the added benefits of weight loss, reduced inflammation and increased hydration (When you don’t eat, you drink a lot more water!). I think this method may have some merit, and after doing some research, I am willing to continue this experiment. While reading up on IF, my main concern was my body going into starvation mode – because we’ve all heard that theory before. Don’t skip meals. Eat 6 small meals a day… and so on…. well turns out, there are new studies that show our bodies could actually thrive and reduce stored body fat by skipping a meal here and there. Who knew? Apparently your body uses its stored energy for a temporary fast (16-24 hours) and the body doesn’t actually go into this “starvation mode” until around 60 hours without food. Ok, so with that understood, my worries were set aside and it was time to just take the leap. I initially wanted to try IF one day a week, for about 18-24 hours at a time…. but after about hour 17 on Wednesday, I started to really fade – and the hunger got the best of me. All wasn’t lost though, I managed to fast for 17 hours and record how I felt every hour during the experiment.

Over the past few months, especially after my wedding, I’ve noticed myself caving when it comes to temptation and allowing myself to indulge on treats a lot more frequently, which has led to me feeling slightly “off” and not as energized as I feel I could be. After the last couple of Spartan races, I feel like I am indeed getting stronger, but still have some improvements to make – and diet is definitely number one. I have decided to try going Paleo once again.
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