Intermittent fasting is all the rage apparently. My friend Nicolas Trub of Stilic Force introduced me to it. The procedure is simple. Don’t eat for 16 hours at a stretch. Eat normally during the remaining eight. I’ve been trying it and I’ve found it really easy to do.
I have been eating within an eight hour window for several weeks now. Mostly between 14:00 and 10:00. I feel happier, more effective in daily life, my creativity quotient seems to be rising and I’m (slowly) losing weight.
If I have an event like a party or a late night dinner I just push the window a bit moving it from 16:00 to midnight for example and then compensate to bring myself back to my more comfortable schedule.
I don’t try to eat anything special within the window. I just get on with whatever I enjoy eating. No fads. No special diets. That said I find I’m drinking more juices than before. Carrot juice with a little ginger, apple and orange is a favourite. I drink this concoction on evenings when I go to the gym. I also find that I’m drinking less alcohol than before. Basically because social drinking steps me outside my time frame. I’m a water, coffee and green tea man now.
I remain discrete about it. though. I’ve found when I’m open my friends try to talk me out of it – “another glass of wine won’t hurt” etc.
Will I continue? I can’t see any reason not to. The habit feels effortless.