Nine months ago, when I decided to put an end to overweight once and for all, I refused breakfast. If I had been told earlier that thanks to this, I would become more energetic, sleep better and finally restore the figure I had before the birth, I would not have to sit on useless diets and torture myself with tons of apples.
The main advantage for me was that I can eat any food, I do not limit myself to anything. But over time, when I felt all the effectiveness, the workouts became less, and the food at dinner became more.
While this type of fasting helped me control my calories, the habit of overeating at dinner affected my state of health. Every night I went to bed with bloating, and stomach pain did not allow me to fall asleep. Morning cross fit also had to be canceled, because with a sore stomach, there is not much use from training.
I had to change something. After talking with a work colleague who also makes intermittent fasting, but eats between 8 am and 4 pm, I decided to change my meals. Instead of skipping breakfast, I was going to skip dinner and see how effective it would be.
Instead of eating from 12:00 to 19:00, I ate from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. After a certain time, food was forbidden for me.
My diet became, approximately, such:
9:00 am: Oatmeal with peanut butter, chia seeds, pecans and blueberries or a protein shake with a homemade granola bar.
13:00: A large portion of cabbage salad with tofu, chickpeas, sunflower seeds and avocado
3:30 p.m .: Banana with nut butter or almond milk with berries and nuts
The first three days were hard. It was strange to eat until noon after not eating breakfast for almost nine months. I hated the current routine. Having a large family, with two children, a family dinner is everything.
I love to cook and invent interesting dishes. I like to sit at the dinner table, share warm homemade food, talk about how the day went, laugh and just enjoy the fact that we are together.
I could still communicate with everyone, but sitting at the table with a cup of tea and an empty plate was not the same. I was not ready for how hard it would be without dinner. I was not hungry - I just felt uncomfortable.
Physically, I felt much better. Falling asleep was difficult, as I felt a little hungry and dreamed of eating. But since I did not overeat at night, I no longer had the evening bloating, and the sleep was sound.
After a week of not having dinner, I decided that it did not suit me. Yes, I returned to where I started; I again took breakfast out of my life, but I approached it more consciously.
I no longer overeat for dinner, for a week I realized my mistake and corrected everything. I put less food on the plate and really focus on talking more with my family and eating more slowly. Now I don’t eat up what my children didn’t eat at dinner, but just throw it away, so I don’t have the temptation to eat extra spoons of pasta or stew just because they are.
I will never miss dinner again! If you are going to try periodic fasting, find the food intake without which you can easily manage. It should be easy. If it is not, you are doing something wrong.