Seriously? JOY? Doesn’t fasting involve hunger, ergo suffering? Nope. It doesn’t. Or at least, it doesn’t have to – if you do it right. If you are tempted to joke that the only joy in that is the moment you break your fast, go ahead, have your fun. I’ll join you in just a minute. Rest assured, I am far from subjecting myself to any kind of suffering. I am a strong believer in a motto “No pain? Good!”
So, how can fasting be enjoyable? In quite a few ways.
- The kind of fasting we are talking about is INTERMITTENT fasting. It means there are no extended periods without food. Not even two days in a row, let alone weeks or months. It’s just one day, twice a week. And the very next day you are back to the normal way of eating, so that joyful moment when you break your fast is very near. There, I joined you as promised.
- It’s not even full fast. You can have 500/600 (women/men) calories a day, mostly protein and leafy greens. It’s not that little actually. Here is roughly 350 calories:
- Your sense of taste is amplified. Everything tastes better, and even routine dishes become a gourmet food.
- That hunger that you used to fear and tried to prevent at all costs turns out to be a bully that retreats when you ignore it. It doesn’t build up – it disappears if you take a drink instead of food. We get a lot of water from our food, so make sure to drink enough to replace the deficit. Hot drinks help quell hunger especially well.
- When you realize that you are no longer a slave of a constant need to have food within easy reach, it’s incredibly liberating. This is exactly what happens when hunger takes its claws off of you. You cut the leash; you now decide when you eat and how much. Longish trip with nothing but airport food around; unforeseen change in work schedule; hike turned out to be longer than planned – none of that taxes you too much anymore, as you simply use it as an opportunity to introduce a fasting time in your day.
- Clarity of thoughts and increased working capability. When fasting becomes a routine, you will find that your brain works better and you can get done more on fast days.
- Better physical shape and feel. Feeling energetic and enjoying physical activity is normal for fast days.
- Last but not the least: that moment when you see the bathroom scale indication in the morning!
Believe it or not, but after achieving my ideal weight, I still do at least one fasting day a week – not out of necessity but simply because I enjoy it. Bonus good news: It means that this lifestyle, and the weight loss that comes with it, is sustainable. It’s easy to keep the enjoyable way of life. Major difference from the restrictive diets that make you miserable, isn’t it? And the next morning, after marveling at your lower weight and thinner waist, you celebrate it with this: