Disclaimer: Because of the volume of diets that are out there, I am splitting my food journey into three parts for easier and lighter reading.
I am a huge advocate for trying new things and finding the best food and fitness style for yourself. Over the years I’ve tried many different work outs like tabata, dance, running, yoga, lifting… You name it! Of course this also came with trying a million diet plans which left me feeling fat and frustrated.
Dieting can be the single most frustrating thing for someone to deal with, I totally understand that. Let me shed some light on “diets” or eating habits that I’ve tried and what didn’t work for me, and hopefully you can take my experience to see what you want to try.
Before we start, let me share some background about me so you have a better idea why this didn’t work for me. We’re not all the same and there is no one-size-fits-all eating habit. Based on my family history, I am at risk of type 2 diabetes, cholesterol, breast cancer (hormonal), and cystic fibroids. In short, I’m a fat-storing, clogged pipe, hormonally charged looney bin.
Ok, let’s get started!
Intermittent Fasting 16:8
Intermittent fasting is great because when we are in a fasted state, our cells deconstruct old, damaged components in order to release energy and build new molecules. Which means that this can prevent aging and promote immunity. The ratio 16:8 means 16 hours would be fasted with an 8 hour window for me to eat.
I was super stoked for this because I’ve had a family member try it and it worked wonders for them. To my disappointment, this didn’t work out for me because I ended up obsessing over the next time I could eat and it ended up being more of a distraction than it was functional. On top of that, my hormones are not completely balanced so I kept getting headaches and I didn’t like feeling so damn hungry.
Overall Thoughts: This is something that everyone should try. It saves a lot of time and money on eating. It’s great for balancing your blood sugar and there are a lot of scientific researched benefits on fasting.
Did I find any success?: With all the extra digestion time, I felt significantly less bloated upon waking up. However, it was not sustainable for me.
Intermittent Fasting 12:12 
FASTING AGAIN?! Yes, this time I was fasting for 12 hours and having a window of 12 hours.  I stop eating earlier in the evening and by the time I wake up in the morning I’m ready for breakfast. In order to keep it consistent, I don’t follow the 12 hours exactly, but I usually stick within 1 hour before or after.
Overall Thoughts: I love this! It keeps me feeling balanced and I am still benefiting from fasting, just less.
Did I find any success?: Yes, absolutely. It doesn’t give me any headaches and I have seen some inches go down since I have been keeping this in my daily practices.
Eating 6 Light/Small Meals A Day
The idea behind eating 6 small meals a day was to keep your body’s metabolism running constantly. I believe this is actually a myth that has already been busted.
This was the death of me. Every time I ate it meant my body was constantly releasing insulin (which counteracts the whole cellular regeneration I mentioned in fasting by the way!) and triggering myself to want more, more, and more. I found myself praying for the next meal time or just giving in completely to eating snacks throughout the day.
Overall Thoughts: This was terrible for my high-risk diabetes and it triggered me to want to binge eat.
Did I find any success?: Heck no! If anything I feel like I made it worse.
In conclusion (so far) I have incorporated a lighter version of intermittent fasting into my diet which works for me. However, this doesn’t stop there. You will find in the other parts that I am going to cover what else I do on top of fasting.
Key Takeaway: I just wanted to highlight to you that no one gets it right the first time. There is a lot of trial and error you need to do in order to find the best eating habits for yourself. Just because something didn’t work for me, it doesn’t mean that it will not work for you.
Until next time,

– Clara Coelho, Personal Trainer at Crux Fitness Richmond

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