One meal a day challenge: day 0

A mosque just before sunset, or dinnertime starting tomorrow! (Photo by David McEachan from Pexels)

You may be or may not be aware, but tomorrow Ramadan will start for our Muslim friends. Am I allowed to say those 2 words in one sentence in the current political climate? Well, it’s my blog so I can do what I want, ow yeah! Since my wife is a Muslim, we have a Ramadan going on in our house. I thought it’s the perfect opportunity to do another challenge.

As you might know, Muslims don’t eat or drink (or swear, smoke, have intercourse) while the sun is above the horizon. You have to stop eating in the morning even more early for some reason I don’t understand. All this makes it so that we would have to wake up on some ungodly hour to eat in the morning. Instead of being sleep deprived, we decided to just eat once, in the evening. This year it will be around 21h45 and roughly a minute later every day.

So there you go, my next challenge will be to go from (likely, it’s a lunar calendar) 17 May until 14 June. So it will be 29 days. I’m really bad at this 30 day thing…

You might be thinking now: this time Pete chose a bad challenge, he said he only take challenges that will improve his health.

Guess what?! Almost everything they told you about fasting is plain wrong.

  • Skipping breakfast is bad for your metabolism.
  • You have to eat 5-6 meals per day to keep that metabolism going.
  • If you fast, you will lose muscle mass

These are all myths, probably brought to you by Big Food. Look around and read a bit about intermittent fasting. I’m not going to give a lengthy lecture here, it’s not a food blog, but the short synopsis could be something like this: “Short fasts make your metabolism go faster, your body takes energy from it’s reserves, and those are your bodyfat.”. That’s about it.

Let’s seeĀ  how this one works out. I’m not so much worried about the food, but I will also not dirnk water during daytime, which might be harder with the weather we’ve been having. Luckily I’m working an airco’d office job, so it shouldn’t be too difficult either.

Here we go for challenge nr 3!

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