Disclaimer: I absolutely love food. It may or may not be the love of my life.
So more recently a lot of people I know: friends, family, acquaintances, fans (lol jk), etc. have asked me a lot of questions about getting fit. Especially if you knew me in my younger days or before like 2014, you know that Jelisa has never been considered a “small girl.” It’s crazy to me now to think about the way people describe my aesthetic now versus middle school or high school days. Thanks to weightlifting, jiujitsu, and judo I’m looking like I could bench press your daddy these days (I probably can 😉).
I fortunately was able to tap into my true body type and see what type of levels I can reach aesthetically within the past 2 years. I’ve always been inherently athletic, but now I can see that I have an ecto-mesomorph (mostly mesomorph) body type. Shout out to God 💃🏾! That makes it really easy for me do long workouts, gain muscle, lose fat, and stay lean year round. I can attribute those abilities to a lot of factors but one big one is intermittent fasting.
Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern that cycles between periods of eating and fasting. It’s essentially just an easier way to control your caloric intake. I prefer to eat the majority of my food after my workouts to train “fasted” for higher fat oxidation. No matter what time I finish my workout, my largest meal is post workout…unless I know I’m working out super late at night. (This may be bad logic and I could probably find a study to support of debunk this<– found one). Since I workout mostly depleted, once I do eat, I get a good post workout insulin spike and the nutrients will go to direct use. Not as much will be stored as fat. Honestly, I just like eating very large meals. Sleeping is way better on a full stomach than an unsatisfied one. That being said, it can get pretty intense not eating for long hours and then only having 4-8 hours to get in all of your calories for the day after a 4 hour workout. I’m pretty used to it now but it was a gradual thing to know how to make it work for me. I always feel way better working out fasted than anything; like I’m not sluggish, I can move faster, and execute any submissions/moves that I’ve learned.
So how did I start you ask? I was actually always doing it before I knew it had a name. I’ve been “skipping breakfast” since grade school for 2 reasons. #1 school breakfast was TRASH. #2 I can’t eat too early in the morning without feeling nauseous. So with that, I’ve pretty much always pushed back my first meal until about 11a-12p. That’s an easy way to get started! Push your first meal back by an hour or so and then stop eating about 8-12 hours later. Your eating window doesn’t have to be extremely short either. 14 hours of eating is just fine. There are a lot of different ways that it can be done (i.e. different eating/fasting windows, intermittent fasting certain days in the week, etc.). A number of studies have been done on the benefits of intermittent fasting but you also have to ascertain for yourself if it’s right for you.
Of course, the types of food I choose to eat and my macros play into my aesthetic as well, but let’s not get to ranty today 🙂 Let me know what you guys think about intermittent fasting
Song choice: Sweatpants – Childish Gambino (specifically for the segment where he asks “Are you eatin’ though?!”)