Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. . . or is it? My trial of "Intermittent Fasting"
The thing is with fitness, health and science in general is that the general consensus is always changing as we discover new things. Not only that, but different things can work for different people with varying body types. Health and fitness is not a destination, after all, it is a journey, and it is important you find what works best for YOU.
I have always had an issue with bloating. If i eat often and am constantly satiated, I find myself uncomfortably full, and it knocks my confidence, makes me sluggish and tired. I also am not a huge fan of breakfast and struggle for time. So I came to the conclusion I should give intermittent fasting (IF) a go.
As you might expect, IF is a pattern of meal scheduling where you will not eat for a relatively long amount of time, between 10-18 hours. However, it is NOT about starving yourself, as this is very, very dangerous and not a healthy way to achieve weight loss or fitness. You are not restricting calories, instead, it is about putting your body into "fat burning" mode, with the science of meal timings.
There are lots of different types of IF. I decided specifically to try "16:8 intermittent fasting", where you fast for 16 hours and then eat all your meals within an 8 hour period (you can still eat three or more meals, just within a shorter time, or you can eat two slightly larger meals). I decided to fast every day from teatime and until lunch the next day. This makes IF seem SO easy because that for most of the time, I am asleep, anyway! I start my morning with green tea and lots of water instead of peanut butter on toast, and then eat a big nutritious meal for lunch.
Although IF is still a relatively new "trend" and it likely has a whole host of negatives and benefits, some studies of it have shown it can improve blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and insulin sensitivity. Of course, it all depends on the person. For some people, they will feel irritable without breakfast, and will feel much better with eating 6 small meals a day - we are all different.
So far, I am feeling pretty good. I have actually found that I have felt a lot less bloated and am able to eat my lunch and tea without getting uncomfortably full, and I also have more concentration and avoid a mid-morning slump as I usually used to (this is helpful for my revision!). I'm going to continue for a few weeks, and see how I go! It's great to try out new things and see what suits you best.
What sort of meal scheduling works best for your health and fitness goals? I'd love to know!