So I kind of started a diet. Diet? Hm. I guess it’s more of a lifestyle change.
Over the summer, I put on about 4kg.
Ugh. I know.
It’s easy to put on poundage when you spend every waking hour traipsing from bar to bar, shovelling unhealthy friend snacks into your face along the way.
In an unrelated side note doesn’t the word “traipse” sound like some one who walks around in diving fins?
And I know to some people 4kg may sound like nothing (we all have different bodies), and I’m not trying to sound whiny, but it really is causing me problems recently. All of my clothes fit me so uncomfortably these days that it’s driving me crazy. Like I think I need to buy new underwear to battle this mess.
So I decided to hunt for a diet that would work for me. But I hate dieting and everything sucked. And I’m not someone who is good at sports or self-disciplined enough to reliably work out on a schedule.
So for a while I was trying taking FANCL’s Calorie Limit supplement before eating anything of sizeable proportion and taking DHC’s Force Coli to speed my metabolism.
And actually it did alright! As long as I remembered to do my squats, sit ups, and didn’t eat over 1200 calories. But then I would go out on the weekend, and the weight would end up all right back where it was.
So I have decided to give Intermittent Fasting (IF) a go. I’ve been reading a lot of information about it, and got particularly motivated by this story. I’m also going for a Leangains approach, doing a 7 hour eating window and a 17 hour fasting window (which sounds a little wild, but I’ll adjust it if I feel it’s necessary).
If you’re not familiar with IF, what this means is you set a certain time frame in the day in which to get all of your calorie intake and the rest of the day you take no calories (you can still drink many teas, black coffee, zero-calorie sodas and water, though, so cheers). This way your body has more time to spend in fast state and burn up some excess fat that has been lingering on your body.
I’ve decided to try a window from 12:30pm til 19:30pm because it works for my schedule, and I’ve never been much of a breakfast person to begin with.
So I decided to kick it off by doing one as-close-to-full-day-as-possible fast, starting mid-Monday and ending at noon today in time for lunch.
I didn’t anticipate it would be difficult (just my experience with some bad hangovers which left me appetite-less for days), and unsurprisingly it wasn’t. But I was surprised at HOW easy it was.
I even took lulzy progress notes like a REAL SCIENTAMIST. :B
I was so fucking happy to reach lunch, though.
Pretty healthy: smoked chicken on green salad with hijiki and kimchi. It was delicious and perfectly satisfying, too.
So my first food window closed this evening, but before that I finally dug out ye olde Kai’s BRING IT!! Shrimp Curry (戒さんのかかってこい！！海老カレー) that I bought at the Gazette tour final in February for dinner.
Not the most artistic shot, but you get what you get, lol
It tasted fishy.
At any rate, tomorrow’s my second day in and I’m trying to eat healthier, so wish me luck!
Have you ever tried IF? Any advice?