How Intermittent Fasting Improves Writing

by James Wallace Harris, Thursday, January 3, 2019

I’ve been intermittent fasting for three months, doing the 16:8 system. My health and energy levels are much better. I’ve not lost weight, but then until January 1st, I ate all the junk food I wanted within my 8-hour eating period. But I didn’t gain weight either.  I stopped the junk food on New Year’s Day and I’m already losing weight.

However, one of the best side-effects of the fasting is on my writing.

I don’t know if I’m a better writer, but I do write more. I’ve discovered that writing makes me forget hunger. Everyone day as I wait for noon to roll around, I’m hungry, very hungry. My eating period is from 12:00pm to 8:00pm. I used to love eating an early breakfast, but if I start my eight hours too soon in the day, I can’t eat dinner with other people. So I wait till noon. This also works well, because I don’t get hungry before bed.

Writing makes me forget that I’m hungry. But I’ve got to write for hours because I’m hungry for hours. I look at the clock and tell myself, “Keep writing.” And it works. I do fill up on water, and that’s actually another healthy plus. And, my mind feels sharper when I’m hungry.

Is this what they mean by starving artists?


7 thoughts on “How Intermittent Fasting Improves Writing”

  1. I think I’d prefer intermittent Peanut M&Ms for three months. I admire your discipline and courage in attempting these aspects that should improve your Life. Unfortunately, Entropy gets us all in the end.

  2. In my working years, I went without breakfast, and never ate anything until after work (unless you count three or four cups of coffee). I would then stop somewhere on the way home from work and have a meal—on average this would be around 5 p.m.—and then I’d eat again around 7 p.m. Apart from snacking late at night, that was all U had. U am by no means suggesting this as a healthy regimen, but the point is, I was never really hungry until late afternoon, and not all that hungry even then.

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