Intermittent fasting for humans

Once in a blue moon, we talk about nutrition for humans too and today, I’d like to share something I’ve embarked on.

I’m sure everyone knows about Intermittent Fasting (IF, for short). It’s a diet plan where you fast for 16 hours each day (but continue to drink water). Basically, you just skip one meal and shorten your eating window.  After 12 hours of fasting, your body enters into the “fasted state” and the additional 4 hours is for your body to start the cleansing process, especially that of the liver.

I started doing this on 27th August 2022 so it’s been about 6 weeks now. Absolutely no cheating at all and no cheat days either. I choose to skip dinner (the normal practice is to skip breakfast). And I exercise too – again, no cheat days.

So what have I achieved? Let’s see….

(1) After two weeks, I could get into my cheongsams again. Haha…

(2) After six weeks, I have finally lost the 3kg that I wished to lose gradually. Yay!

(3) Most importantly, almost immediately I felt so much better, mentally and physically and definitely more energetic.

“The more we eat, the faster we will die” – a friend told me this once.

But it is not for longevity that I’m doing this, it’s for better day-to-day health. Living in the moment is all we can do.

And my friend, who is an environmental engineer, has been doing IF with his wife for more than 2 years now. They both also feel so much better than before. He also said that “if all human beings in middle and high income countries just eat 2 meals a day, there should be no starvation in this world”.

That is the power of fasting. But please stay hydrated and drink water. And do not start on any diet plan without consulting your doctor or nutritionist first.

Cow is one of our two oldest cats now. He too doesn’t eat much. Just enough.