I have not read the book.
I don’t know the “rules”.
I have tried this for only 10 days.
I have not even done it every day, probably about 5-6 times or so in the past 10 days since I saw the segment on the Today Show last week.
On the days I have done it, I have followed only 1 rule – eat for only 8 hours in that day.
It has not been hard. Oh, sure, during the 16 hour fasting window, I’ve wanted to eat something, but not because I was starving, just because of mindless “grazing” habits I’ve developed before.
During the 8 hour eating window, I’ve eaten pretty much like normal. I have not made a particular effort to clean up my eating – not that I’m a bad eater anyway. I’ve even allowed myself a Klondike ice cream bar in the evenings on several occasions. (for me, a Klondike bar is portion control – better than sitting down with an open container of ice cream. No need to lecture me – I’ve made my peace with ice cream and it is in the form of one Klondike bar when I want it.)
The thing I am realizing is that in the traditional “grazing” eat-5-to-6-small-meals-throughout-the-day, for me it simply becomes eating 5-6 meals throughout the day. I start early and finish late.
At least with the 8 hour window, I limit my eating to 8 hours. I can only consume so many calories in that limited time. And it is enough time. I don’t go crazy. I’m not stupid about it. I eat. Then I stop. If I really feel like I need something, I drink water or hot (green) tea. Amazing how that can fill me up! And clean me out!
I know, 5-6 times in 10 days is not a lifetime. But right now, I’m thinking I can do this for a lifetime. It seems to work with my schedule. I don’t have to do it every day. I can to it 2 or 3 times (or more or less) a week. No stressing about it.
I’ll do this for a while and evaluate. Maybe I’ll move on to the next trendy fad diet. Maybe I’ll go back to eating 5-6 “small” meals from the time I get up to the time I go to bed like everyone else.
But maybe there’s something to it. And, you know, there is also some satisfaction for me to feel some hunger and to not yield to it. (1st world hunger, not 3rd world hunger.) Before, I’d feel some hunger and think – “need to have a snack – keep the fire burning.”
I think it is good to challenge traditional thinking from time to time. If the traditional thinking is valid, it will prove itself to be. If the “trend” is not valid, it will surely fail over time. If the “trend” has any validity, it, too, will prove itself over time.
And there is not just “one answer”. There can be several methods that are valid. “Traditional thinking” can be valid. Something else can be, too.
Oh, the point of all of this…I stepped on the scale this morning and I am down 6# from 10 days ago. Don’t worry, I have not had my Klondike bar yet today. I’m sure I’ll put it back on!
I’m an experiment of one. I like to try things and see how I respond to it.