Intermittent Fasting

I’ve struggled with losing weight after having my first kid. Here I am, fresh out of having my second and last child, facing the same thing. But, after trying this out strictly for 6 weeks, I think I’ve found something that truly is working! I’ve lost almost 2 pant sizes in that time frame! What’s also helped my process? These two books!

Thank you to Alpha publishing for my gifted ebooks in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis: You don’t need to obsess over calorie tracking or endure constant hunger to lose weight–fasting is a more effective and more sustainable diet, and it’s easier than you think! Intermittent fasting is the solution to dropping pounds and boosting your overall health, and it won’t leave you feeling hungry. By shortening the window of time in which you eat food, for example only eating two meals per day within an 8-hour time period, you are well on your way to a more healthy, adaptable body. Intermittent fasting aids weight loss and is a key therapeutic tool for a variety of hormone- and health-related concerns. (1) Decrease insulin resistance (2) Reduce inflammation (3) Improve cardiovascular health (4) Prevent cancer (5) Protect the brain from disease (6) Extend the lifespan. You’ve heard of the concept, but you’re not sure where to start. In Part 1, this visual beginner’s guide will help you to identify your goals and select one of various fasting programs. Choose from several eating patterns: the 16/8 method; the One-Meal-A-Day (OMAD) plan; the 5:2 diet; and alternate-day fasts. Learn the answers to all of your questions, like “Can I drink water and coffee while fasting?” In Part 2, meal plans and recipes will aid your fasting diet. Meal plans are developed so that food leaves you satisfied for hours. With lower carb, higher fat, and moderate protein, recipes offer you the key nutrition you need to make your fasts productive and sustainable. 

This is probably the best book to get if you are new to intermittent fasting. Now, I have tried intermittent fasting before, but read this book before I started it up this time around and learned a whole lot more about it. I realized what I was doing wrong the last time I tried this diet where I had not gotten the results that I have gotten now. I decided to use the 16:8 fasting plan for my diet on a daily basis. I start eating around 11 am and stop eating around 7 pm. I am currently breastfeeding so I didn’t want to go too long without getting calories to help feed my baby, and this was the best plan to go with. I do it every day, including weekends and I think that’s the key. I think the only thing I wished to see more in this book was pictures with recipes, and more recipes in general! Otherwise, I learned quite a lot reading this book.

4/5 Stars

Synopsis: Meal prep has never been easier with an Instant Pot. With its versatility and ability to cook quickly and efficiently, you can use your Instant Pot to cook meals for the week ahead, or prepare your meals on your prep day and just dump them into the Instant Pot for a quick and easy weeknight dinner. With seven customized prep plans, Meal Prep in an Instant will show you how to use your prep day efficiently to prepare three lunch or dinner meals and one breakfast meal, package them up for the week ahead, and enjoy fresh, delicious meals without struggling to figure out what to make for dinner every night. Here’s what you’ll get:-Over 50 recipes that will appeal to a variety of tastes and appetites, Seven weekly meal plans, each featuring four primary recipes, three alternate recipes, and one dessert, and many of the recipes are dairy-free or vegetarian, Detailed prep day plans for every weekly meal plan, each designed to help you maximize your time in the kitchen on your prep day, and Handy shopping lists and equipment lists to help you execute your plan perfectly and efficiently.

Want to know a secret? I actually don’t own an instant pot and I still loved this book! I’m all about making meals easy and with less hassle! This book delivered! Even without an instant pot, these recipes were so helpful to have and easy to make! It’s even so great to have the shopping lists already created for you! Highly recommend this!

5/5 Stars

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