Living in Los Angeles, the home of the sexiest, hard-bodied people of America was a trip. Hiking Runyon Canyon weekly is an unspoken requirement in order to be granted social upper-echelon status. But the kicker? You are not allowed to wear clothing. If it’s not midriff bearing, get the f*%$ off the hill. For girls? Sports bra or bust. Men with shirts on? Yeah right. One day, post such a hike with my absolutely shredded guy friend– it was as if he read my mind, as I wondered how on earth one achieves such a chiseled abdomen. It was on that day that he enlightened me with the most life-changing, body altering, information that has changed my life forever…
“It’s crazy, I have the gnarliest body I’ve ever had in my life & the only thing I’ve changed is doing intermittent fasting.” Now, this dude is SUPERRRR LA– he also taught me about sound baths, luxury chocolate magical mushrooms (($300 a piece, wrapped in 24k gold!)), and all kinds of other chakra healing yogi woo-woo hippie type stuff– it’s in the California green juice, I think. That being said, I figured this was just another one of his odd, yet boujie af spiritual teachings, as I had NEVER heard of intermittent fasting. Intrigued, I sipped my post-hike glass of champagne ((that’s another thing, in LA you have to have a sick body AND be a functioning alcoholic in order to hang with the best of them)) and he proceeded to tell me all about the health benefits of eating only during a certain window of time each day.
Listen, forget science, the proof is in the AESTHETICS! Since implementing this simple lifestyle tweak the past year ((+ a clean diet, obviously)) I have reached my lowest adult weight… Ready for it? Without working out often. When I stick to my IF routine, there’s no doubt that I look and FEEL my absolute best! Is it easy at first? No. But once your body gets used to it, it’s pretty wild how amazing and different you will feel. I have more energy than ever before. I feel light, nourished, satiated, and never feel ravenously hungry ((unless I’m menstrual, then all bets are off the table!)) Call me crazy, but I feel like the fat has been lost from all the right places, aka my boobs and butt are still intact, and I have ab definition ((SOMETIMES, lol)) All of that is wild to me, because when I would diet before, my curves would be the first to go! It’s been proven that IF promotes belly-fat loss. That alone should be enough to stop you dead in your tracks & figure out what your new eating schedule should be!
How I roll:
THE 16:8 METHOD
What this means is that I eat during an 8 hour window– aiming to eat only between 12 noon & 8 pm. Do those times change some days? Totally. But it’s good to have a general guideline and routine for every day. It’s good to have restrictions and rules. It’s GOOD to be disciplined, in all aspects of our lives. For die hard IF-er MF-ers ((hehe)) my way is wrong, because technically speaking, if you drink anything more than black coffee, it breaks your fast. Whatever. It’s better than the sugar & carb laden Starbucks Venti iced coffee + white chocolate mocha + breakfast sandwich that I used to get EVERY DAY for breakfast in my early twenties! …I shudder at the thought.
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Moral Of The Story: There are so many different ways to do Intermittent Fasting. What works for one person may not work for another person’s lifestyle. While you should be realistic, you also need to realize that you must make a drastic change in order to achieve drastic results. I guess it all depends on how badly you want it. Some girls will say to me, “I do IF, I only eat from 8 am – 8 pm” Oh. Okay. So you eat like a normal person! Gold star for you. Don’t @ me wondering why you’re not losing weight if you’re not actually doing anything about it. You need to be radical. You need to be strict. You need to have that “all or nothing” attitude & discipline to reach any great goal. You have to get real af with yourself and take a long hard look in the mirror, I know it’s not easy. You need to get on that body-fat scale & look at the numbers. Write them down. Your weight. The body-fat percentage. Your BMI. “I don’t weigh myself, I just pay attention to how my clothes feel” If you’re unhappy with your weight, you’re just saying that because you’re afraid to get on the scale. It’s SO helpful to track your progress, celebrate when it starts working, and give you the motivation to keep going as that number drops. “Those charts are wrong, by those numbers I’m technically considered obese” They’re not wrong, and it is imperative to your LIFE and livelihood to live at a healthy weight. Listen, a lot of times I’m all rainbows & butterflies, but sometimes I’m going to have to be your own personal drill sergeant and keep it real, because so many people pussyfoot around the subject of weight. At the end of the day, as women, when we carry more weight than we like being on our body, we feel insecure. When we feel skinny ((& by that I mean lean, healthy, strong, whatever your sexy buzz-word is)) we feel happy, we feel confident, we feel sexy. THAT IS THE TEA! When I feel bloated & heavy, I do not want to leave my house. When I feel skinny and hot, I want to throw on a crop top and take over the world. AND THAT IS OKAY! While we need to LOVE ourselves and be gentle with ourselves at every stage, and at every weight, it’s also OKAY to admit that we feel our best when we look our best. It’s the general reality of womanhood. So lets strive to get to that goal body, because we KNOW that confidence is a side-effect of our journey there.
IMO, I think that there’s an order you should go in on your weight loss // BAD B BOD journey… There’s levels to this ‘ish! My theory goes as follows:
1)) Clean Up Your Diet! Low-carb, high protein, high fat. Gluten-free, dairy-free, organic.
2)) Mix In Intermittent Fasting & Watch Your Results Sky Rocket.
3)) Start Working Out.
First you lose. Then you tone, baby. It’s really effing hard to do it all at once, as working out makes you really really hungry at first! It’s very difficult to stay in control. When my muscles are sore af head to toe, I am CRAVING comfort, aka a giant Jimmy Johns Italian sub. But I hate to break it to ya, that just aint in the cards if you TRULY want to get that body of your dreams.
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