Can You Thrive On Two Meals Per Day?

Do you remember the age-old saying, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”? Well, what if I told you that pushing your first meal a little later into the day could unlock a trove of health benefits? This is the essence of intermittent fasting—a time-honored tradition turned modern health hack.

My Personal Journey
I was a firm believer in the protein-packed breakfast. Skipping it? Unthinkable. Yet, in the first two months of the pandemic, in between episodes of Tiger King on Netflix, I took the leap into intermittent fasting. The first few days felt like a mental maze, challenging years of ingrained eating patterns. But within a week, to my amazement, I was loving it, unshackled from my daily breakfast routine.

Let’s dive into two of the main benefits of intermittent fasting, tackle the initial apprehension it brings, and outline simple steps to seamlessly integrate it into your life. Then I will share my daily fasting routine.

1. Turning the Tide on Insulin Levels
One of the most striking benefits of intermittent fasting is its ability to modulate insulin levels. When we fast (after about 8-10 hours), insulin levels drop, signaling our body to switch from sugar to fat as its primary fuel source. This isn’t just a tiny metabolic tweak; it’s a profound transformation that taps into our sometimes too bountiful fat stores, revving up the body’s fat-burning capabilities. It’s akin to flipping a switch that instructs your body, “Hey, let’s burn this reserve fuel.” This shift not only aids in weight management but also supports metabolic health. An added bonus: it is like burning logs for fuel versus kindling — you feel steady energy levels versus spikes and crashes.

2. Simplify Your Diet, Amplify Your Health
Intermittent fasting is a simplifier. It cuts down the incessant planning, prepping, and pondering over meals. By eating less frequently, I’ve noticed a significant improvement in digestion and an overall lightness. It’s not just about reducing calorie intake; it’s about giving your body a breather, allowing your digestive system to rest, reset, and rejuvenate.

Facing Fasting Fears
Now, let’s address the elephant in the room: the intimidation of meal “skipping.” Our culture is saturated with the dogma of constant eating, making the idea of fasting seem daunting. But remember, our bodies are remarkably adaptable. Throughout human history, most cultures and religions observe some periods of fasting lasting days or more. It is just our modern lifestyle that has made not eating three meals a day seem odd. I found that the initial discomfort was just old habits dying hard.

Where To Start
Starting is simpler than you think. Here are a couple of steps to dip your toes into the fasting waters:

– Begin with a 12-hour fast. Finish dinner by 7 PM, and then hold off breakfast until 7 AM. It’s a small adjustment that your body can ease into.

– Hydration is your ally. Drinking plenty of water can help curb hunger pangs and keep you full.

Currently, what is working for me is an eating window from 1 PM to 7 PM, with a rejuvenating 18-hour fast in between. And I don’t stick to this everyday, but 5-6 days/week I enjoy this routine. The result? I have more energy, I find it easier to maintain a healthy weight, and interestingly I have less food cravings.

So, if you’re eyeing a change in your wellness routine or seeking a sustainable way to manage your weight, consider intermittent fasting. It’s not just a diet; it’s a conscious choice to reset your body’s clock. I believe in you—take the plunge and discover the transformative power of intermittent fasting