I’m one month into my weight loss journey and I’m down 16 pounds!! When I started this last month I was determined it would work. There was this doubt hanging out in the back of my mind. I knew I had an addiction to food. I thought about it too much, depended on it more than I should, craved it and consumed more than I needed. It was this realization that made me decide to do something about it and I decided to use intermittent fasting.
A couple months ago in our Bible study, we discussed Matthew 6:16-18. It occurred to me that I do not fast on a regular basis. I don’t even fast on an irregular basis. The one and only time I did fast was when I was considering whether to marry my husband. Why have I not fasted at any other point? Why had I not been encouraged or equipped by my church to fast? Side note, it’s not up to the church to make sure we are living a life for Christ, that falls squarely on our shoulders. The Bible is clear about this spiritual discipline that is right in the middle of the sermon on the mount.
“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Matthew chapter six is about giving to the needy, prayer, fasting, treasures in heaven, and do not worry. I’ve done Bible studies and heard sermons on all these other topics but fasting has always been ignored. So I had never considered fasting as a part of my spiritual discipline. This ate at me and so I began to study and read books with the intent of beginning a regular fast.
In the middle of my research, I ran across a book called The Fast Diet by Michael Mosley. I did not enjoy this book for a lot of reasons but the idea of losing weight while fasting intrigued me. I already knew I had some issues with food that needed to be corrected, so I decided to do intermittent fasting.
To do this fast, you will fast twice a week. Pick two days and don’t eat. Start your fast after dinner around 6:30 and then don’t eat again until 6:30. Try to get a full 24 hours between meals. You can decide if you will allow small healthy meals in the middle or not. I choose not to because I am trying to break the food addiction. You do need to drink plenty of water throughout the day and I have found a busy schedule keeps my mind off my hunger.
Grab a verse or prayer to meditate on and to recall when your hunger hits. Every time I get hungry it reminds me that for today I’m not going to satisfy that craving, I’m going to lean on Christ. It’s hard some days and not so hard other days. I do go into the fast with a prepared mindset, knowing what is in front of me and being intentional about my purpose.
It is amazing the stronghold food has on me. I’m still fairly new to this process at one month but already I am thankful for what God is able to teach me through this. I am thankful that he is there for me to lean on and to give me strength. I am grateful that my sin of overeating and placing food on a more important level is being broken down.
Fasting isn’t easy but it has been a great way to take control back over food. You can fast. God can change you through it. Learn to eat what you need and not consume all you want. Take time off from eating to let God speak to you at a weaker point in your day. Intermittent fasting is a great way to take control back over food.