Cheat Day When Diet
This morning I had breakfast. Singapore noodles and plain tea water. Not even eating much. Just one spoonful of noodles.
Don’t be surprised. I’m not cheating. There is no ‘cheating day’. I’m just speeding up my Intermittent Fasting mileage. Usually I ‘fast’ for 16 hours, but this morning I ‘fasted’ for 12 hours.
Yesterday I had dinner at 7pm (before Maghrib) with the children. So when I had breakfast this morning at 8 am, my ‘fast’ had passed 12 hours. The next meal (lunch) may be at 1pm.
This is the fun of practicing ‘Intermittent Fasting’. I do it in moderation. Don’t force yourself just to lose weight quickly.
‘Intermittent Fasting’ focuses on two things, namely when we eat and what we eat.
Many people know the benefits of fasting for health. Many of our scholars talk about physical and spiritual benefits. They fast a lot. But many of us don’t take that advice seriously.
When Prof. Yoshinori Ohsumi from Japan talked about the benefits of fasting with the concept of the ‘Autophagy’ process, many people began to open their eyes. Western and eastern people began to see the practice of fasting as a method of disease prevention and may be used as a treatment for disease.
As Muslims who fast during the month of Ramadan for 30 days every year, we should welcome this suggestion with a smile. We should be thankful that we have done it every year.
But there are still many of us who scoff at this practice of fasting. We still say we should “eat little but often” which is an outdated concept of nutrition.
Many nutritionists and medical experts now recommend that we eat when we are ‘really hungry’. This is also the recommendation of Rasulullah S.A.W. because we know that we will really feel hungry when we haven’t eaten for at least six hours.
The longer we starve, the better it is for our body because at this time the body will reuse (recycle) damaged cells as a source to build healthy cells. We will also use the stored glycogen and fat in the body as a source of energy.
The best fasting is fasting with the intention of Allah. We fast by not eating and drinking from early in the morning (before Suboh) until Maghrib. It takes 15-16 hours.
For those who are unable to fast for circumcision, they can also fast from the night, the last time they eat at 7-8 pm and eat again after 16 hours. We only drink water without sugar (no calories), either plain water or coffee and tea without sugar.
This is not shari’e fasting. But if it is not wrong if we intend to get good health so that we can perform worship perfectly. May God reward us for that intention.
Fasting this way is easier because part of the fasting time takes place while we are sleeping. We sleep from 10pm-5am. At least we have fasted for seven hours while sleeping. So the total time we fast at that time is nine hours (from 8pm to 5am).
Early in the morning we are busy managing ourselves and our families to go to work and school. After 8am, we only have time to have breakfast. We may only have time to drink plain water after waking up. And breakfast at 8 am. This means we have fasted for 12 hours.
This is pretty good.
If we are able to continue until lunch time which is 12 noon, we have fasted for 16 hours. Same as the distance we fast during the month of Ramadhan.
If we can’t last until noon, we might be able to have breakfast a little later at 10am. At least 14 hours of fasting.
If we can’t afford it, we can have breakfast at 8am. It means we have fasted for 12 hours.
When we eat when we are really hungry, all the energy obtained from food will be used as energy, nothing excess will be stored as fat.
I still take OLIVIE olive oil especially during my brunch. It delays hunger, reduces stomach pain and gives me energy.