- Growing Up Bronx
When I tell people that I don’t start eating until after 1pm and usually finish by 9pm, they are surprised. They don’t understand how someone like me could pull this off. A couple of days ago I wasn’t really that hungry and went about 25 hours in between meals.
Research indicates that intermittent fasting can have anti-aging effects on your body. Now, I am not measuring any markers to gauge if this is true or false, but I will tell you that I feel fine doing it. In addition to whatever invisible benefits there might be, it is also freeing.
What I mean is that I used to eat up to 8 meals a day at one point. Literally, every two hours I was ingesting some form of food. If I was even 5 minutes late for a meal, I’d get a headache, I’d start to sweat and shake and I’d become quite unpleasant to be around.
Hangry doesn’t even begin to encompass the hulk like transformation that I’d undergo if I missed a meal. Snickers? None of them bars would help once that transformation begins. I had to eat on time, every time or misery would follow.
All that is to say, that if I can go 20 hours in between meals and feel just fine, then most people who don’t have a history of eating 8 meals a day should be just fine. I’ve been doing it regularly now for months and it’s not really a big deal. Now, once I start eating, something happens in my body, and then I must get my next meal around the time it is due or the aforementioned misery starts to creep up, though never like the old ways caused it. But if I don’t start eating, I can extend the fast period as long as I like.
It’s actually really simple when you get down to it. Basically you skip breakfast and start your first meal around noon or 1pm. I usually have one more meal after training or work and then stop eating by 9pm. I’m not sure how this works for weight loss as I’ve been struggling with that. However, I haven’t been doing as much cardio so that’s probably my own fault and not the fasting. I will say this, I haven’t gained any weight since I started fasting. I’ve stayed steady with some small weight loss here and there. But no weight gain is always a plus. A decrease in activity usually leads to weight gain, so no weight gain is a win for me.
Intermittent fasting is not a hill I’m willing to die on. I can’t honestly tell you if anything is really changing inside my body, but the freedom it affords me is a major benefit. Not gaining weight despite a reduction in activity also seems to be a benefit. Regarding cellular healing and all that stuff? I don’t know. In any case, if you give it a try let me know how it goes for you.
Just a life long New Yorker sharing the journey through my lens. Please take note of a post’s date. The views I express here are subject to change and evolving as I grow and learn.