Postpartum and Intermittent Fasting

Postpartum and Intermittent Fasting - Game Changer - 10/14 Split featured by popular Atlanta fitness blogger Happily Hughes

Hi friends!  We’re starting a new Fitness Challenge for Moms this month with my ladies Heather and Natasha.  Each of us will be sharing ways to get in shape in whatever mommy stage you are in: pregnancy, newly postpartum, or have been in postpartum for years.  I am in the latter group and I want to use this post to talk about intermittent fasting

Postpartum and Intermittent Fasting - Game Changer - 10/14 Split featured by popular Atlanta fitness blogger Happily Hughes

If you follow along in stories, you know that I’ve been doing intermittent fasting for three weeks now and it has been a game changer.  I wish I would’ve started months, if not years, ago.  So here is everything you need to know about my current intermittent fasting schedule, answered questions etc… 

Intermittent Fasting Schedule:

  • I do a 10/14 split.  This means 10 hours of eating, 14 hours of fasting. I normally do 8-6 or 9-7.
  • During those 10 hours, I make sure to stick to my macros.  I focus on a 40% carbs, 25% fat, 35% protein.  If you want to learn more about macros, check out this post.
  • During my fasting hours I make sure to drink plenty of water.  If I wake up early, I’ll have a cup of black tea.  Before bed I’ll have a cup of chamomile tea. 
  • I still workout 5-6 days a week and have been able to PR three of my workouts since starting IF.  Some of you have asked for numbers so here they are:
    • Back Squat- 155 lbs 
    • Overhead Squat- 95 lbs 
    • Deadlift- 215 lbs
  • On the weekends and travel I try to stick to my IF schedule but I don’t stress too much about it.  If I go over an hour or two- it’s ok! 
  • I have lost about 7 pounds and five inches. I will account some of that to my first week of measuring being during my period, but the rest is all intermittent fasting.  
  • I’ve also noticed a decrease in the appearance of cellulite on my legs.  

If you have any other questions about intermittent fasting, please ask them below or on Stories and I’ll answer them here!

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  1. I’ve heard of this before, but haven’t tried it. I am in the few years postpartum stage as well, my youngest is 3. I’ll have to give this a try soon.

  2. Well, I still have some baby fat to deal with – and my baby just turned 26. It may be time for me to get serious about this!

  3. How fun to do a fitness challenge with a group of friends! I have some baby weight I need to lose from my 10 months old baby, so I need to get serious soon.

  4. A fitness challenge sounds like a great idea to help keep you motivated… I don’t need to lose weight but I do need to tone up!

  5. I’ve heard interesting things about intermittent fasting. Overall I’m not a fan of it but that’s due to other issues. I do thing that it is good for lots of people as long as they are fueling themselves properly during the on times! Good for you for sticking with it.

  6. Wow! You have ade great progress. I tried to do macros for about 3 days and I am terrible at it.

  7. I too have heard of this technique, but only in passing and not in as much detail as here. It looks very interesting – thanks for the explanation!

  8. April Marquardt says:

    I’ve heard so many good things about intermittent fasting. I look forward to trying it out for myself soon.

  9. I am not near postpartum but these are definitely a great workout to stay in shape. I can see myself doing some of it!

  10. I’ve been hearing a lot about intermittent fasting, but had no idea what it meant. This post was super informative in clarifying it for me! Good luck on your fitness goals!

  11. Becca Wilson says:

    This sounds like it is such a great challenge! I totally love how good it would make you feel.

  12. I’m in postpartum for very long now, with the complication of a uterus prolapse. Believe it or not there is nobody (doctor, physician, physiotherapist) qualified enough to help me get back in shape by excercising without aggravating my prolapse. That means I actually stopped working out to focus on healing and I’ve ended up putting on weight! the only help I have found until now has been on the internet!

  13. I’ve done IF, but not well…I definitely think I need to give it another go!!!

  14. Hey,
    a) can you have bullet proof coffee in the am?
    b) do you have to stick to macros during your eating period? (counting stresses me) or can I just eat clean
    c) other than tea can you have anything else to help curb the night hunger initially? (nights are my nemesis)
    d) can you consume wine?
    Thanks girlie

  15. Jessica Hughes, Thanks for the tutorial

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