Let me give you a riddle:
I hate it, you probably hate it too
We all need it but it’s so hard to do!
What is it? Diet and fitness.
*Queue horrific scream*. Let’s talk about it guys, because for the next upcoming months, it’ll be my main priority and I want you guys to be as in the loop as I am!
Everyone has insecurities and when it comes to social media, we tend to be surrounded by beautiful people, flawless skin and summer ready bods all year round. Some people are born with and others work extremely hard to get it. For the past year and a half I’ve worked extremely hard on this blog and my passion for beauty. But if there’s 1 thing I’ve been completely half assed with – it’s fitness and dieting. If you don’t know already, I’m a food lover (maybe even a fanatic). I love to eat and I love exploring new foods to try whenever I get the chance. When I was younger, I was huge into sports and being super athletic. I ran track, I played basketball, swam, learnt karate and tennis – plus I was super skinny. I was sick of being skinny cause I had no ass and no boobs – funny how we all want things we can’t have right? Now I want to be skinny.
In about 9 days, I’ll be off to the motherland (Vietnam) for 2 weeks where I’ll be able to have my last meal before death row. Death row = diet. When I come back to Australia, I’ll have meal plans to prep and cook and a shit load of research to do. I’ve been doing a fair amount of research when it comes to going keto. For those of you who don’t know, going keto is encouraging your body to burn fats when it has run out of glucose for energy. Putting your body in a ketosis state basically requires you to cut out simple sugars so there’s not glucose to run energy off of, instead, your body will be using fat instead. This results in weight being lost. The ketogenic diet is also referred to as the high fat, low carb diet.
Now there is a lot of discrepancies about this diet – does it work? Does it affect your body in a negative way? Does it really make you lose weight? As far as diet trends go, this is one I’m willing to try because it just makes sense to me. Sugar is the reincarnation of the devil – it’s just so bad for you but yet, so addictive. I think that different diets work for different people – so always do your own research before plunging into the dark and wasting money, time and effort.
I’ll be updating my blog with all the recipes I’ll be learning and cooking for both my partner and I (we’ll be fighting this relationship fat together!) so watch this space for those!
Now if you’ve heard of the keto diet, I’m sure you’ve also heard about intermittent fasting. It’s probably one of the more crazy diets among all the crazy diets we’ve seen and heard of but this one can be done in moderation and you can definitely tone down the cray cray. Intermittent fasting is a pattern of the way you eat every single day. The normal pattern would be breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner. Or, for the even simpler person, breakfast, lunch and dinner would suffice. Intermittent fasting introduces a way of scheduling the way you eat so you get the most out of your meals.
So getting into the nitty gritty of intermittent fasting – we need to understand our bodies in the fed state and the fasting state. When your body is in the fed state, this means that your body is absorbing and digesting food. The fed state starts when you start eating and finishes 3-5 hours after that – whilst in this state, it’s hard for the body to lose fat as your insulin levels are high. Not the fastest state is 8-12 hours after you’ve finished your last meal, this is where it’s easy for your body to burn fat as your insulin levels are low. Easy enough right?
Kinds of Intermittent Fasting
There are numerous ways of fasting this way. I know someone who is fasting 16 hours a day and I know others who are fasting 12 hours a day. Here are the 2 different kinds of intermittent fasting that may work for you.
The Leangains guide (Martin Berkhan) to intermittent fasting refers to fasting for 16 hours and eating for 8 hours a day. Whichever 8 hour you want to eat, you can choose, as long as it is 16 hour fast and 8 hour eat. For example, you can choose to eat at 8am and stop at 4pm (if you’re not a night eater, this will work well for you), or you can start eating at 10am and finish at 6pm. Others start at 1pm and finish at 8pm (this means skipping out on breakfast which honestly, doesn’t kill you).
The 5:2 Diet
This diet simply refers to eating your meals normally (and healthily) 5 days a week and restricting 2 days to eating 25% of your required calories. To be honest, I feel that this method will be good for those with self-control but difficult for people like me. You’ll have to really count calories which can be a hassle! But this method has worked for many people and they have stuck with it for years.
So when I come back from Vietnam, I’ll be putting both the keto diet and intermittent fasting into action. As always, it’s good to start slow – I’ll be fasting for 14 hours and eating for 10 and working my way to fasting for 16 hours and eating for 8. I’m half excited and half terrified but I’m 100% committed and that’s all that matters right? So watch this space guys and I will keep you updated! Wish me luck.