Imagine going on a diet and being able to eat and drink whatever you want. There’s no cutting carbs or counting calories. And you can still drink wine and eat the occasional bowl of ice cream. Sound enticing? Then intermittent fasting might be the key to seeing results. It’s the dieting version of being able to have your cake and eat it, too. By splitting your day into a period of fasting and a period when eating is allowed, the idea is that you will naturally reduce your caloric intake on a day-to-day basis since you’re limited to eat only during small windows. Like many people, I lead a busy life and don’t want to worry about being restricted from certain foods or having to meet a caloric goal every day. And that’s why I figured if any diet was worth trying, this one was it for me; that’s one of the major appeals of IF—besides the time constraint, you can diet without changing a thing. So I decided to give it a try for 10 days to see what would happen. But before I talk about my experience, I first want to start with a brief rundown of what intermittent fasting really is.
I only drank water, sparkling mineral water, black coffee, and tea. Nutritionist Emily Maguire says that you need to be savvy about what you eat on your feast days. Suggest a correction. Snack Days 2 p. But when I upped that no-go window to 16 hours on day four, my rumbling stomach was hard to ignore until noon. On those fasting days, I didn’t really keep track but definitely ate around 1, calories. I felt energized and clear-headed, I had absolutely no bloating, I slept well, and I had less cravings for sugar and other crappy food. I’m constantly running around and have a hard time sticking to a routine.
Snacking IS bad, if we want to lose weight. US Elections. I not only saw the scale numbers drop an average of one pound a week, but I could see from the before and after photos that I definitely lost belly fat and my face looked thinner. Join the conversation. Although Varady says that you can up your intake to 1, calories on fast days once you’ve reached your goal weight. ADF is a very advanced form of IF and may not be suitable for everyone. Every day ended up looking different for me, but on an average day my schedule looked like this. Some diets suggest eating every two to three hours.