I cut my 7 meals a day down to 2 and I am not going back
For the past month and a half, I've been eating two times a day. The experience has been liberating. In this post, I share my experience and some of my learnings through this change. The outcome has been great, and I am not going back.
Daily Routine Before I made the change
- Start of the day: A cup of tea + 2 biscuits
- Breakfast @ 9: 3 eggs or oats. A couple of toasts of bread with peanut butter.
- Snack @ 11:30: granola bars, fruits, junk sometimes.
- Lunch @1: Typical Indian lunch- vegetables, Curry, and a couple of roti (bread)
- Snack @3:30: granola bar
- Tea time @5:30- 6: some small food serving.
- 7:00-7:30 I would have a protein shake with water & a spoon of peanut butter after getting back from the gym.
- Dinner @ 8:30- vegetables, curry with roti.
- late-night snack. (occasionally)
- Four Cups of Tea. 2% milk sugar.
- One cup of coffee. Pour-over, black & no sugar.
- I eat two times a day.
- My first meal is at 1 p.m.
- My second & last meal is around 7:30 p.m.
- I drink a lot of water.
- Three cups of tea. One cup of coffee. No sugar.
- I don't drink any liquor.
- No snacking. No binging.
- Read and learn about insulin and how the body produces and stores energy/fat
Observations in the past 45 days?
- I am much more attentive throughout the day.
- No effect or impact on my way of training or resistance training.
- No negative effect on my work routine.
This change showed me how much wasteful eating I was indulging in. It cant be useful to my body since what I am operating is far more efficient.
How do you make a shift?
- The first barrier is to make a mental shift. There is an adaptation in unlearning eating patterns and shifting over to fasting.
- The image of Feasting and fasting has been impactful on me. That is how humans have lived for millions of years as a species. We should not be snacking all day.
- Start slow.
- if 18 hrs of fasting is not an enticing idea, reduce # of times you eat.
- Give a minimum of 4 hrs gaps in between meals. let the body digest what it has gotten, and not always be in a catch-up mode.
This has been a great experience.
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