• I needed to change
After I carried out my six-week transformation I found myself snacking a lot at night. I wasn’t on a restricted diet anymore and my football season wasn’t starting for a few months so I needed a new plan. That plan was fasting and it cut out all my late night snacking.
• I could control my temptation
Late nights snacks were one thing but staff rooms with home-made buns and birthday cakes, which seemed like every day, was another obstacle. I knew I was following a new goal and the temptation didn’t really bother me.
• When I ate, I ate
I enjoyed my first meal so much more when I was fasting and if I wanted to eat in the eight-hour window, I just ate. Again I stuck to a healthy diet but I consumed a lot of food in those eight hours. It also allowed me to eat a few treats now and again.
• I felt good training in a fasted state
Because I train early in the morning I thought I wouldn’t have the energy to do so but I did.
I also found myself sleeping better at night and more recovered for the day ahead.
These are the benefits I felt and experienced when intermitting fasting but there were also some down falls.
Firstly, I didn’t like the fact that I couldn’t eat at least two hours after I trained, but I did try to rectify this by drinking some BCAA’s after my workout.
By the way, if you are thinking of fasting you can still drink water, tea and coffee throughout the day. As I mentioned before I did get hungry around 12 but sometimes I would also get a mild headache which was a bit worrying but they soon stopped after a week or so.
Where I am today
I stopped fasting last week as I wanted to see the difference again and if I would go back to my old ways, I must admit I have slipped a little. The second reason I stopped was because my football season is starting and I wanted to make sure I was back to my good eating habits before games etc.
I think I will return to intermittment fasting very soon and this time it will be for a very long time.
If you are thinking of carrying out intermittent fasting, please check with a medical professional first and good luck.