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

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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!

16 thoughts on “Postpartum and Intermittent Fasting

  1. Stephanie

    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.

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  2. Angela Tolsma

    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.

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  3. April Marquardt

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

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  4. Glenda

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

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  5. Elaine

    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!

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  6. Nati

    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!

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  7. rossy

    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

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