Yes. I whole heartedly believe intermittent fasting is necessary for everyone, especially if you are trying to lose weight.
Skipping a meal because you are not hungry is common sense to me. Why would you ever eat when you are NOT hungry? Ok, well, there may be hundreds of excellent reasons. But, can YOU justify eating a meal every time you do? If you normally eat lunch at Noon but are not hungry at that time today or tomorrow and are able to easily eat later around 2 when you will be hungry, then why not wait?
I thought I had to eat 3 meals a day…
I used to be the one that thought I had to eat 3 meals a day or it would be the end of the world. When I was much smaller, I never even really wanted a snack to tie me over. While vacationing with my family just before my teen years, I would get very frustrated if we did not stop and eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Was I hungry all the time? Probably not every single time. But, I thought I just had to eat a meal or the world would end.
I went primal on April 5 and engaged in intermittent fasting one time during the first 2 months. I only skipped one meal (lunch) but it was very easy. Since my goal was not to lose weight, but instead gain weight (muscle), I never just randomly skipped a meal. I would eat at odd times, but it would generally stay in the same time range because I wanted to stuff myself since I was trying to gain some muscle.
We often went days without food…
But, I thought more about living by The Primal Blueprint. Mark is a fan of intermittent fasting as he talks about it on his blog a lot. When you think about how we lived for thousands of years you begin to appreciate the fact that we have an abundance of food whenever we want as long as we can afford it. We had to hunt and gather our food back in the day. Sometimes we would go days without food. We certainly did NOT eat 3 meals a day everyday at around the same time.
I want you to really think about this and begin to listen to your body more often. I have been skipping meals more often. I now eat when I am hungry as much as possible. Sometimes its convenient to eat at a certain time. But, when you know you are able to eat later and are not hungry at that time, then wait.
Why not fast on the 4th of July?
I ate a large brunch at 11:30 am on the 4th of July while camping in Wisconsin Dells for the holiday. I ate a large omelet (with everything), bacon, sausage, corn beef hash, roast beef, potatoes, fruit and more. It was a ton of food and I stuffed myself. I was not hungry for the rest of the day. Around 9 to 10 pm the other campers grilled some chicken and steak over a fire. I ate about 2 pieces of chicken and 2 pieces of steak along with one pickle. I did not have much hunger, but the smell was outrageous. So I ate a little. For breakfast the next morning I ate the t-bone steak with some eggs.
Steak and eggs for breakfast… I love it…
So, whether you are trying to lose weight or not, eat when you are hungry. Skip a meal or just have a very small snack. I am still going to try to gain muscle, but I will be listening to my body. I urge you to do the same. If you are hungry at 3 time intervals then that’s fine. But, ask yourself before going for the first bite. If you are trying to lose weight then intermittent fasting can really help.
Do you fast? How often? How do you do it? Randomly or scheduled? Do you truly listen to your body in order to find out of you should eat or not? Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!
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