Last week I wrote an article about Intermittent Fasting – what is it, what are the different ways to follow it, what are the positives and the negatives. I promised you that I will write an article that will sum up the experience of some people, with IF. The results they got, the hardships they faced, as well as some beneficial advices, that you could follow, in case you decided to try IF!.
But as always I am really wordily, and I asked way too many questions, so I received long answers! 🙂 That’s why I decided that every week I will share just one answer, something like an interview with the focus on Intermittent Fasting. This week I will start with Marianne Kane from MyoMyTv. I already published an interview with her, some time ago ( read it here in case you missed it) and I know that my readers really love Marianne and what she does, so I decided to ask her about her experience with IF! So let’s read what she shared…
Ines Subashka:How long have you been on IF?
Marianne Kane: I have been doing IF for about 2 years now.
Ines Subashka: Did you need some time for adaptation or did everything go smooth right from the beginning?
Marianne Kane: When I first started IF I loved it and I actually felt empowered not eating. After about 3 weeks I started to really miss breakfast, but I learned that those feelings were just my old habits trying to win me over. I quickly realised that coffee and keeping busy were great for easing into IF. Now, I don’t give breakfast a thought; I just wake up, put the coffee on and plan my day.
IS: What were the positives you noticed, after you started fasting?
MK: At first (over the first few months) I realised that food no longer seemed to rule me. I began to appreciate real hunger and when I did eat, my body seemed to just use it for fuel – I didn’t seem to store any fat (despite still eating a lot of food).
I love FEASTS, so this really suits me. There’s also a great freedom with IF, because you can adjust the fasts to suit your life and your social plans without carrying that guilt of over-eating.
My Training goes better; I am more alert and motivated and will perform better when fasted. If I train in a fed state, I feel more sluggish and weak.
IS:And what about the negatives?
MK: Two years on, the only negative I have encounters is my tendency to push the boundaries and test just how much food I can get away with. Not everyone will have this problem LOL
In your opinion, what is the hardest part about intermittent fasting?
The first few months are the hardest. You have to undo your old habits, and habits have strong draws on them. I have heard many people give me excuses about why IF isn’t working for them because they just NEED breakfast. I’m not sure if that is real, or their mind playing tricks.
Overcoming the lies your head tells you is the hardest part.
IS: How this way of eating reflects on your body composition and your workouts?
MK: To be honest, I noticed that I got a tiny bit leaner (but this is probably because I was never in a calorie deficit), but it was much easier to stay at my current leanness. In 2 years I stay about 20% (maybe fluctuate 1 or 2%) and my weight stays in and around 60kg most of the year (some minor fluctuations). I know as long as I continue to train and fast, I will remain at a composition I like, without extreme alterations to my diet – I kind of just eat what I like (though I do need to watch my love of chocolate, wine and honey).
IF definitely made my training more effective. Food just makes me lazy and slow, so fasted training suits me better because I feel energised and light. And this isn’t just a new mind-set, because I noticed the difference right away. Before I would have only done cardio in a fasted state, but now I do all my training (even my heavy lifts) completely fasted – 14 – 20 hours sometimes.
IS: What would be your advice to people, who want to try IF? What should they expect?
MK: Ease into it. Don’t try it as some desperate attempt to lose weight; focus on the other health benefits and your training performance and relax a little from “dieting”. IF is a lifestyle and one that should feel gloriously free :). If you are not feeling good after 6-8 weeks of IF, then consider a different “style” of IF, of try another lifestyle.
I should note that if you are wanting to improve your body composition and think that IF will help, please remember that IF works best when combined with resistance training (as part of your training). Keeping your muscles stimulated will basically tell your body it needs to maintain the muscle, but lose some fat (provided total calories and macros also support the goal).
Do you follow Intermittent fasting? What was the hardest part for you and what are the results you got?
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