Updated: Nov 14, 2018
When you spend the majority of your adult life interested in a specific field, it’s easy to assume a sort of conceited snobbery on the topic. Please don’t bother me, I’m busy knowing all there is to know. Of course, sooner or later, something will come up that will prove that you don’t actually know it all, and that you are, in fact, a knob. 7 months ago, if you had told me that I would stumble upon something that would completely transform my relationship with food, I would have asked what was in your hookah pipe. Nevertheless, this is precisely what happened. The “thing” was Intermittent Fasting (IF), and other than the act of exercise itself, I can’t think of anything that at has had such a profound effect on me.
If I find something I like, I try to foist it on everyone around me. To protect you from this distasteful zeal, I want to preface this blog by saying that IF might not be for you. Human beings are so diverse, and I think it takes a certain psychological disposition to really get it. If you have it, you’re gonna love it. If not, c’est la vie.
The following observations don’t come from a science journal. They are simply a collection of my own personal experiences with IF…
What is it? If you skip, or take a very late breakfast, and have an early dinner, you will insert a huge chunk of time in your day without food. E.g. Dinner at 6pm, breakfast at 10am = 16 hours. This is Intermittent Fasting.
What are the effects? Dramatic reduction in appetite. I thought my appetite was a subconscious phenomenon that occurred independently of my own behavior – I get hungry, and have to eat, regardless of my own behaviour. IF taught me that my appetite was largely determined by my actions. My body demanded 5 meals a day because for 37 years, I had trained it to expect precisely that. When I began to fast, my appetite dropped precipitously, and I learned that I didn’t actually need that much food. Now I eat a couple of meals a day, and I’m rarely hungry. When I am, my hunger is much more controlled. If someone walked up to you with a big red button, and said “press this and you can tame your appetite” would you press it?