Intermittent Fasting – How I Lost 5kg in Two Months 

You may have seen intermittent fasting somewhere or heard about it without fully understanding it. Yes, No? Well, I’m gonna tell you everything I know about it.

I started fasting intermittently on the 27th of July, 2017 and I have lost 5kg so far. I’ve never been bothered about what I weigh as long as I notice changes in my body and clothes but I weigh 55kg as at today.

I was skeptical about trying intermittent fasting because I wasn’t convinced of its benefits. I fast regularly during Ramadan and some Mondays/Thursdays between 5:15am – 7:00pm every year and I never lose weight. My neck only gets longer with holes by the sides which everyone notices and that’s it.

Intermittent Fasting is an eating pattern where you eat for a limited duration of time and fast for the rest. It switches your body to fat burning mode and it also helps reduce cravings if you eat low carb, good fats and healthy protein during your eating window. The most common form of intermittent fasting is a 16 hours fast and 8 hours eating period. This is the one I started with obviously.

Okay so it’s not like you are fasting 16 hours during the day lol no😂. The 16 hours includes your sleep time too. So for instance, you start eating from 12pm then you stop at 8pm and the fast starts then and ends at 12pm the next day. During the fast you are allowed to drink water and organic tea but nothing else.

For me, I chose to fast between 10pm to 2pm and eat between 2pm – 10pm. I started noticing changes in my body very quickly. This hardly ever happens for me because I’m one of those people that find it difficult to lose weight. I always have to put in an extra effort but it wasn’t applicable here.

By the middle of August, I worked out less and my clothes were getting loose. I went to the tailors to get fitted for a dress and when I went for another fitting two weeks later, I was significantly smaller. I started working out more to keep my body in shape😂. I don’t wanna be thin🙄. More weights and squats and definitely less cardio. Who needs cardio??? Okay, okay I went on a walk once a week because I like to clear my head.

By September, it became a lifestyle and routine. Even during my watermelon diet, I was still fasting intermittently. I try as much as possible to have fruit first when I want to eat. This is because it stimulates the digestive tract to energize the body. Also, I have two meals or just one each day.

Intermittent Fasting has helped me in other ways besides the obvious weight loss;

  • It has helped me stop my unusual late hour snacking. I’m not allowed to eat after 10pm so no jacob’s crackers or naan bread for me 😂 just tea.
  • It has made my food resistance level so high that sometimes I forget I haven’t even eaten till later.
  • It has helped me realize I can still have a lot of energy without eating so much.

Yes, there are sometimes I ate after my deadline (10:30/11:00/12:00). Whenever this happened, it only meant my fast would be longer(2:30/3:00/4:00) and I stopped eating at 10:00 to keep the routine going.

Are you looking to lose weight fast??? Try Intermittent Fasting.

Thanks for reading.

Mariam Shittu
xo

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Hi, my name is Mariam. I write about my style, lifestyle, health and fitness, things that inspire me and poetry. I live in Lagos, Nigeria. I derive pleasure in sharing my knowledge with the world and I plan to publish a book of poetry soon. Thanks for stopping by!

6 thoughts on “Intermittent Fasting – How I Lost 5kg in Two Months 

  1. I am so going to try this !! I’ve been looking for ways to lose weight also with eating right , but the eating right part gets quite hard sometimes lol . So my question is during the time you’re eating before you stop . Are you eating healthy food and all that meal plan or you are actually eating whatever you like then work out as well . Also how and when did you start seeing results with the fast ? And were there some eating habits you changed during the fast. If you could please make your next post sharing some of your eating substitutes like what you substitute rice with and other tips for people trying to lose weight . Thank you so much I know it’s so long but it’s been a struggle

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    1. Okay, the first step is to change your eating habit. You will have to start eating healthy first before you can see long term results when you exercise or fast.
      I started seeing results from the first week. It was unbelievable.
      The eating habit I changed is eating fruit first before anything else and I mentioned why in the post.
      Okay, I’d work on a post to share what I eat regularly but I mentioned some in my health and fitness posts so you can go to the menu and check “Loving your body” and “My battle to eat healthy” in the category.
      Thanks a lot for asking these questions. If you have more, please let me know.
      xo

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      1. Okay I am currently working on my diet . I will really be looking forward to plans and substitutes to what I would usually eat like rice and juice and that and how to make them sweet . Okay I love fruits so that’s good but the thing is that eating healthy is so expensive abroad because the fruits finish really fast . I’ll really be looking to reading the posts .
        Thanks so much

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        1. Hi, I have also tried intermittent fasting, it works if your dedicated. however, you do not have to totally give up all the foods you like, you can go for healthier versions, and smaller portions. e.g bulgur can be had in place of rice. its healthier and tastes similar.
          cauliflower for Garri ( if you take it). or oats blended.
          e.t.c

          and drink lots of water.
          These are some of the things I found helpful.

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