Welcome to 2016.
It’s a new year with new fads, new resolutions and new ways (of torture) to lose weight and get healthy.
My wife Angela and I are no exception to resolutions, but our new foolproof plan came from a relative, a chiropractic doctor relative.
Welcome to the 18-hour intermittent fast or as I like to call it, the “Six-Hour Eating Binge followed by 18 Hours of Hell”.
This is how it works. Choose any six-hour window to eat, say 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and then fast for the next 18 hours.
Doesn’t sound too bad, right?
Eat what you want (hold on, that doesn’t mean you suck down as many hamburgers and fries as humanly possible for 360 minutes), and then ignore those pangs of hunger for 18 excruciating hours.
But if you think about it, eating constantly and being full all the time is not a natural aspect of life. I mean did you ever see a fat caveman?
Eating less has shown to not only improve your health; you can also live a longer life.
Here’s how it works in simple terms. As you fast, you’re blood sugar gets low and your body starts burning body fat for energy, which will help to reduce your weight.
Just a few days into the routine has been fairly painless. The toughest time for me is in the evening while watching TV. That’s when the snack food demons come calling.
So far I have been able to control them with glasses of water and flavoured tea…Yum!
The biggest challenge so far has been Wednesdays. My Rotary Club breakfast meeting takes place at 7 a.m., which means my eating window ends at 1 p.m. So that means that there’s no afternoon roast beef sandwich, no 4 p.m. snacks, no thick, juicy steak for dinner and no potato chips and pop during my 8 p.m. Netflix binge.
That’s going to hurt.
But Angela and I are committed to the 18-hour fast for one month.
And it will all be worth it when I have abs like Ryan Gosling.
I’ll let you know how it goes.