When I read research from the Salk Institute that revealed the benefits of intermittent fasting for weight loss, heart health, and brain health, I knew I had to give it a try. So one Tuesday last spring, I skipped breakfast. Two hours later, I started complaining. I missed food – desperately. But now, six months later, I’ve dropped seven kilos. I fast twice a week; I used to do it every workday, but began to worry I’d lose too much weight.
By MH Staff - Posted on 2nd October 2013
Men’s Health’s editor, Peter Moore, co-author of The 8-Hour Diet (R289, kalahari.com), dishes on how to fast without suffering
Swap caffeine for breakfast
I savour my appetite-suppressing morning coffee just as much as I used to enjoy oats – but I maintain my overnight fast. Then I dive into work, which distracts me until...
Handle a hunger pang
It’s just a sensation and it passes. So when my stomach growls, I plan a meeting, walk to see a colleague, place a call, or pour a cup of green tea. I drink lots of tea now.
Swap exercise for eating
It’s noon at last, but not yet time for lunch. As soon as I start my workout (typically basketball, a weightlifting routine, or half an hour of DeltaFIT), I forget all about food once again
The new breakfast
Finally: time to eat! It feels like a wonderful reward for sticking to my eight-hour diet. I typically feast on a big salad with grilled chicken, or something with a good dose of protein.
Snack like you mean it
I’m still feeling satisfied from my late lunch, so all I need is an orange with some dark chocolate, or some cheese and crackers, or apple slices smeared with peanut butter.
Quality plus quantity
Packing a day’s worth of meals into a short time frame means I don’t need to gorge, because I stay full. Plus, the sautéed fish or meaty pasta I eat isn’t easy to overdo it on.
Dessert – and why not?
My favourite: a one-cup scoop of ice cream topped with chopped nuts and chocolate sauce. It sees me into my 16-hour fast with style because I feel rewarded and satisfied.