Along with cutting out alcohol and getting a lot more exercise, one of the things I’ve done for my get-back-in-shape journey is something called intermittent fasting.
Basically, this involves fasting – not eating anything – for 16 hours a day, then eating whatever during the ensuing 8-hour “window.”
Sixteen hours a day???
Hang on, it’s not as bad as it sounds. Roughly half of that time is spent sleeping. Another four hours or so is between dinner and bedtime. That leaves four hours that might require a little adjustment from your current routine.
Here’s how it works:
Let’s say you eat dinner at 6 o’clock. From there, count ahead 16 hours. You wind up at 10 the next morning. So, you can’t eat anything from 6 o’clock at night to 10 o’clock the next morning.
Just skip – or delay – breakfast.
It’s really not that bad.
I get up in the morning between 5:30 and 6, have two cups of coffee with cream and a natural sweetener, and I don’t eat anything until between 10 and 11 o’clock.
There are other methods of intermittent fasting, as well, such as restricting calories on one day, and then eating as much as you want the next. Studies have shown that this practice promotes weight loss, and also helps preserve lean muscle mass, which is important as you age. Do some research. See if any of this sounds like it might be right for you.
No gym workout for me today, but I’ll go home later, strap on my ankle weights and do some of my upside-down reverse crunches. That’s what I call them, anyway. My power pole vaulting move that will take me to the next level in my progress from 60-year-old novice to a respectable veteran.
Then Wednesday is … drum roll, please … vault practice.
Gotta love it.