I was brought up to know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. “Set yourself up with lots of energy to last you through until lunchtime”, right?
But what if all you are doing is loading your body up with more calories, when you haven’t finished burning off the ones from the night before?
I have been on a diet since forever. Honestly, I have been on a diet on and off for as long as I can remember. I have tried them ALL.
I did the Atkins diet until my breath smelt of ketones.
I did Slimming World and ate mountains of pasta.
I’ve done Slimfast, Weight Watchers, 800 Calories a day, no calories a day….
In the end, they all fail.
I like food.
Actually, I LOVE food.
Diets don’t work for me because somewhere along the line I have to deprive myself. Even when they claim you can eat anything you like, it isn’t true as you have to limit portions and weigh out your cheese.
Back in October last year, I was talking to my gorgeous friend Sian (Quite Frankly She Said) and she told me about something she was trying – that was working! Now if you don’t know Sian then go take a look, she is gorgeous and slim – whatever she is doing I want in!
Eat what you want and still lose weight
What if I told you that breakfast means to break the fast. Makes sense, doesn’t it? You break the fast that your body has been in since dinner the night before.
But if you have been idle since the last meal, when have you had time to burn off that lasagne or shepherd’s pie? You eat a bit bowl of shreddies and don’t allow your body any time to use what is happily waiting there – adding to the calorie intake.
Intermittent fasting – what is it?
I had heard of fasting diets before – they sounded like hell. 3 days eating and 2 not, or something like that. Couldn’t sound more awful if it tried!
But what about just delaying your breakfast? That doesn’t sound so bad, does it?
By delaying that break-fast, you burn off calories accumulated from the day before. It really is that simple. You are then able to eat in an 8-hour window before fasting again for the night.
How have I been getting on?
It is beyond easy. I get up in the morning, have a glass of water and set about my daily routine. Getting up and ready takes up an hour or so, the school-run takes up another hour and then by the time I have finished a few household chores I am ready to eat.
I eat between 11am and 7pm usually, with 3 meals as normal – just shifted.
I have lost weight and my shape has changed. Weirdly I also feel fitter and more alert as a result of it all but the weirdest thing has to be my appetite. Not my actual appetite but my mental appetite.
I can now say no.
I don’t overeat. I don’t force myself to finish a meal “because it is a waste not to”. I just stop when I am done.
It is some sort of miracle!
So, that is my experience. I am eating what I want, as long as it is within my 8-hour window and I am feeling better than ever.
If you are fed up with diets and measuring out portions then try delaying your first meal of the day! Let me know how you get on!