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Have you ever used Intermittent Fasting to Lose Belly Fat?

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The first time I tried intermittent fasting to lose belly fat was last year and it lasted for two months. If you are wondering why I stopped, we should do a re-introduction. See, no kidding, I missed eating food. Did it work at the time? Yes, it did.

Why I started intermittent fasting in the first place? ‘They’ said I did not need to diet or something. Can I just give y’all a hug? Like, no need for keto, and restrictive dieting? Oh boy did that please my soul. ‘They’ also said that if I liked, I could skip on the exercise and still have fantastic results from Intermittent fasting.

I hate exercise too. I feel punished for being fleshy. Why do I have to run the length and breadth of Unilag because I have meat on my bones? No greater stress than this fam. And for the record, as at the time of writing (August 14, 2018; 7:01pm), I saw one of my exercise buddies going to meet up with Truppr at Unilag. Of course, I didn’t say hello. I have turned the other cheek, thank you very much.

Last month, I started intermittent fasting all over again. I know it’s pretty early to begin to make conclusions or talk about it like the other intermittent fasters. They sure must have a name, lol. I want to explain all there is to intermittent fasting for belly fat loss. It’s something you might want to give a try.

I will try to explain as much as I know about this system. I also want to share some of my challenges with intermittent fasting, how I am trying and learning to overcome them, my results, what I hope to do going forward so that the intermittent fasting can go on for longer and it’s easier on me.

What is intermittent fasting?

When I was about to kick off intermittent fasting, I asked a couple of people if they have heard of it before and the negative response was entirely the answer. I am practically the only person in all of my work, church and family circles that knows what intermittent fasting is all about. I owe it to the internet in a way because I am always all about weight loss, belly fat and stuff.

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Truth is that I am not hoping to lose weight drastically or become slim. That really isn’t the thing. I want to see how I can lose just a little bit and continue maintaining it. All I never want is bloating up and becoming overweight. I like my figure and size now. I am only scared of becoming larger than this.

Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern. You cycle between meal restriction and allowance. What it means is that it is more of when you eat than what you eat, remember I mentioned this earlier.

You have an eating window period (this is when you have chosen to eat) and a fasting period (when you don’t consume anything with calories). During your fasting period, you can take water, coffee and different teas. With intermittent fasting, you might not make so much of a fuss about what you eat, even though that matters to some extent.

Different types of Intermittent Fasting/ Intermittent Fasting methods

16/8 Intermittent Fasting

We have 24 hours in a day, we can decide to eat round the clock or fast for some of the hours. With 16/8 intermittent fasting type, you fast for 16 hours and eat within 8 hours. This means you have a fasting window period of 16 and an eating window period of 8 hours.

What people usually do is that they skip breakfast so that they can easily do the 16/8 intermittent fasting. Some people already practice it already anyway, without them knowing they are naturally doing intermittent fasting. You can do 12 pm to 8 pm of eating and fast from 8 pm to the 12 pm the next day. You can do 1 pm to 9pm if you really like to eat at night.

If you want to see quicker results from intermittent fasting to lose belly fat, you should pick a window and fasting window that is off evening. I like to finish all of my food early in the evening, say 5 to 6 pm.

So I eat by 8am and stop eating by 4pm. I fast from 4pm to the next day and resume eating by 8am again. I don’t know how to skip breakfast, it messes me up. When I first started intermittent fasting, I skipped breakfast to do the window eating period of 12pm to 8pm. It was extremely difficult for me at work. I was cranky, had a lot of headaches and was generally tired. I was sometimes usually shaky and grumpy.

Some people get to do a little bit of variation to the 16/8 type of intermittent fasting. They can go for 14/10 or 18/6. I recommend that you start at a pace that is manageable and not too drastic so that you don’t burn out too quickly. When you start gradually, say fast for 12 hours or 14 hours, you can begin to pick up the pace week by week.

After three days, you will see a noticeable change in your belly fat. My belly went drastically flatter after three days. I only needed to maintain the belly fat loss and lose some more belly fat.

The 5:2 intermittent fasting

With this type of intermittent fasting, you fast for 2 days and eat for 5 days in a week. You can decide to fast on Mondays and Thursdays for example and eat normally the rest of the week.

I sometimes combine 5:2 with 16/8 intermittent fasting. On your fasting days, you are allowed to take in some calories. 500 to 600 calories or less is usually allowed to give you some energy for the day.

I like to pick Saturdays or Sundays as one of the days I fast on. I wake up late on Saturdays, by the time I am done with pressing my phone, house chores and lazying, it’s already 6 pm and that is the end of the day. I take something very light and go to bed. For Sundays, it’s very common to skip meals, it is a tradition in many houses anyway.

Alternate Day Intermittent Fasting

You eat every other day in this method of intermittent fasting. If you eat on Monday, you fast on Tuesday, you eat on Wednesday, fast on Thursday and so on. You are allowed to eat 500 to 600 calories on your fast days too.

Other intermittent fasting methods

The other types of intermittent fasting are warrior diet, fast when you feel like and eat-stop-eat. I do not think that either of these may help to lose belly fat. They may help to lose weight generally tho but to lose belly fat it is usually great to skip meals at night and also look for a fasting method that is sustainable on the long run.

This article on intermittent fasting is a great guide for beginners

Intermittent fasting benefits/ results

crazy slim belly with intermittent fasting

So, yes, intermittent fasting works. If you can be patient and consistent, it works. I mentioned earlier that it worked for me and I began to see changes in 3 days. The only thing destroying my belly fast loss destiny is my persistent bloating.

Intermittent fasting has helped me too as regards my bloating but of course, I should wait longer to see more results as regards bloating.

Another intermittent fasting benefit is better digestion. I am the one girl with constipation. I have troubles with my digestion too frequently and it bothers me a lot. Some foods and certain fruits have helped in the past but I would like better digestion.

Let me quickly turn this blog post upside down, lol. So, when I got newly admitted into University of Ilorin, I didn’t have a place to stay for the first month. I had to squat and move in between places and friends’ houses. I found myself in Lagos hostel for the first two weeks. If you know Lagos hostel in University of Ilorin, chai, that place is razzz.

For the two weeks I squatted, I didn’t visit the loo a single time. I am not even joking, not one single time did I go to the toilet. Did I feel the need? Yes, a couple of times but I was able to keep it till I finally left that place. My digestion can be that messed up in situations like these.

Intermittent fasting has greatly improved the frequency with which I visit the loo and really, it is such a great intermittent fasting benefit given the struggle I have been through.

General Thoughts and Conclusion on Intermittent Fasting to Lose Belly Fat

 

Intermittent Fasting to lose belly fat is a reliable method if you are patient and ready to wait it out. Have you ever tried doing intermittent fasting? I would really love to know how you are coping with the challenges of intermittent fasting. I would also like to know if you are experiencing any side effects and whether it is working for you. Please share with me in the comments section below. If you also know anyone struggling with belly fat loss, this article may help them to try something new, perhaps, this may work, please share it with them.

Dr Eric’s video on how to use intermittent fasting for weight loss

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(15) Comments

  1. Adeola says:

    I really don’t know if I set out to lose weight but I sure did during MFM 70 days fasting and prayer. I break my fast by 12pm daily against the normal 2pm we were meant to break the fast, and after the 70 days programme, I was half of my size. Didn’t really like it then,but I’m sure gonna do it gain. Thanks for this, now I know it’s intermittent fasting.

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      Ooooooooooh, you did intermittent fasting without knowing. Awesome. Thank you for sharing this with me.

      1. Mariline says:

        This is great esther!!! But I will love it if you can put up some diet plans or recipes so that or can be able to know what to eat during fasting, thanks!!!!

  2. Cynthia (Shuga) says:

    I can’t believe I’ve been doing intermittent fasting this whole year without knowing ?. I fast from 12am-12pm after which I can eat btw 1pm & 11pm. Thanks for this info walahi, Esther. I think I’ll try the one day on, one day off too.
    P.s: It’s made it easier for me to lose weight & belly fat too without struggle.

    I should share this on my YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/c/ShugasDiaryTV.

    Esther, I really should bookmark this page…..??

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      Oh, I am so glad you guys are sharing results from unintentional intermittent fasting. Thank you for sharing Shuga.

  3. This is another thing I have been doing without knowing … I remember while I was serving in Osun state, I can’t afford the stress and time to cook in the morning… cos I’m always active at night, prayer, reading, blogging etc sha… so I ‘fast’ till 12 PM daily and choose another day to do proper fasting till 6PM.

    As regards weight loss… that one was evident. As in??? Malnutrition self join.

    But it’s good to know this, so when next I’m taking on intermittent fasting, it will be intentional and well planned. Thank you for enlightening us.

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      @malnutrition ???

      So while undergoing intermittent fasting (intentionally or not), there is the risk of not taking enough calories. You have to be able to strike the balance between not eating enough and eating too much.

  4. I’ve been practising this fast too without knowing. It’s just that I’ve not been consistent. I will consciously apply it. I will prefer having my normal eating routine and stop eating once it’s 6 pm. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      Yes, just avoiding late dinner can make the difference. I am glad I shared this.

  5. Thanks, it is great post , I lost 28 pounds and several inches off my waist and thighs. I knew it had happened when I tried on a dress and my usual size 14 billowed around me. i went all the way down to a size 9! For more Click the link https://bit.ly/2wB8yUz

  6. I actually consciously do intermittent fasting every day to lose belly fat, but my problem is ulcer.. I usually have ulcer pains.

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      Oh oh, you may need to try other belly fat loss options.

      A friend did food portion reducing, stopped late night eating and 30 minutes walking every other day.

      You can try that, very simple tactic.

  7. Thanks for sharing useful information!

  8. Titilayo says:

    I’m so going to do this. I’ve been trying to reduce my belly fat for months doing some rigorous exercises.

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      Ahahahahahahaa, okay

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