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Real Struggles Only People Who Wear Contact Lenses Can Understand

Real Struggles Only People Who Wear Contact Lenses Can Understand

Contact lenses. They are so small and so complex! Since Da Vinci first came up with the idea of putting something on the eyes in the 1500s, we’ve been pretty addicted to these small items, but not necessarily for the right reasons. Contacts are supposed to improve your vision, but they quickly became fashion accessories and even nightmare material – think Maisie Williams!

It’s clear we have an addiction to contact lenses, a sort of can’t live with, can’t live without case. People who wear glasses to improve their vision crave a pair of discreet lenses, but when they have it, they enter a new range of problems. The sky is not the limit with contact lenses, even if the giants of technology trick us into believing it is. Contacts have made a long journey from simple glass to permeable substances and built-in cameras, but they still come with a lot of issues. Let’s call them struggles, for the sake of this article, dedicated to all the contact-wearers who wouldn’t change their little lenses for the trendiest pair of glasses. Ever!

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When you lose one lense you feel the end is near

All people who wear contact lenses know the struggle to find a perfect fit pair, as well as the cost of that perfect fit. This is why they feel the end of everything is near when one of their lenses become lost. Losing a contact is one of the worst things that can happen to you, especially when it happens outside your house. Depending on your ailment, the road back home can become an ordeal, as you only have to rely on one eye for walking straight on the street or driving. Then there is the money issue: a good pair of contacts is expensive. Unless you want to become blind you do need to invest in your lenses, which makes losing them a nightmare. It’s enough to lose one, to make the other one useless.

You can’t go with the flow and have a sleepover

Contact lenses might be great when you want to try on the mesmerizing smokey eye makeup, but after the mesmerizing phase is gone and you are asked to spend the night at someone’s house, you start panicking. Contact-wearers will recognize the struggle of having to pick between  sleeping with the lenses on and carrying their contact cleaning supplies with them 24/7. Or the third option, which is rejecting the sleepover. The reality is all people who wear contact lenses have to make sure they have an extra pair with them, as well as all the gear needed to clean them and store them for the night. The alternative to this is gruesome, as sleeping with your lenses on can lead to blindness, so it’s not something to play with.

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Another thing you can’t do when you are wearing your lenses is swim, so plan your pool parties carefully.

Your eyes are in tears more often than you wish

Contacts make your eyes more prone to dryness and can increase the sensitivity, which means your eyes will be in tears on windy days. Of course, wind is not the only thing that can reduce you to tears, but it’s one of the most common problems. Thanks to Murphy, your eyes will start crying at the most inopportune moments. Like in the middle of a very important business meeting.

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You can’t watch TV before sleep without glasses

Many people believe contact-wearers don’t need glasses, but the reality is we need them more than you think. For example, after the lenses come off and go to their case, you can’t see clear, so watching TV before sleep is impossible without glasses. Similar situations abound in the life of a person who relies on contact lenses.

When you can’t wear them, you will miss them

One of the struggles people who don’t wear contacts will never understand is how much you miss your little friends when you can’t wear them. Behind a pair of glasses, which are sure to sparkle interest among every person you are going to meet, you will be complaining how hard it is to be forced to wear these trendy accessories. Then, when you get your lenses back, you will be complaining about all the above, but if someone tries to persuade you to switch to glasses, you will be appalled.

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On the bright side, you rock Halloween

People who wear contact lenses almost always rock Halloween parties, because they know exactly how to get the best cosplay, using sclera contacts. There is nothing more frightful than black scleras, which completely cover your eyes, making you look more like Wes Borland of Limp Bizkit. But there is also a downside of sclera contact lenses: you have to forgo driving and other activities which require a sharp vision, as they cause a tunnel-like vision.

You often feel like Cinderella

Remember how Cinderella had to be back home by midnight? Contact-wearers remember it very well because we know exactly just how long we can wear the lenses before our eyes start itching and become infected.

The struggle of taking out your lenses

This one is specific to people who wear colored lenses, which look fantastic and give you the most amazing eye colors, but have to come out. There are multiple types of colored lenses – visibility lenses, which only have a slight coloration to help you maneuver them easier; enhancement lenses, which enhance your natural eye color, and opaque lenses which completely hide your eye color and replace it with the color of the lenses – so depending on which one you wear, your friends/partner might have a shock when the lenses come off. But falling in love with a green-eyed beauty who is a brown-eyed beauty is one of the modern struggles, right?

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Last Updated on October 5, 2020

Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss (The Ultimate Weight Loss Hack)

Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss (The Ultimate Weight Loss Hack)

Intermittent fasting weight loss is a type of diet that’s rapidly growing in popularity and becoming the way to lose weight. Scientists and nutrition experts like it, too. New books and articles on the topic are being published daily. Intermittent fasting is also popular with followers of the Paleo diet since our ancestors appear to have eaten this way for thousands of years.

I’ve been following this type of diet myself for 2 years. Doing so helped me lose and keep off 70 pounds without ever having to count calories, limit carbohydrates, or eat 6 to 7 meals a day.

This article teaches you all about intermittent fasting weight loss and details why it is one of the best weight loss diet hacks around. Once you finish, you will be able to implement into your diet and experience the benefits it offers almost immediately.

What Is Intermittent Fasting?

As you may have figured from its name, intermittent fasting weight loss is a diet plan where you set fasting periods during the day. This is usually between 16-20 consecutive hours, but it can be as little as 12 hours or as much as 24 hours (or even 36 hours).

While fasting you can eat and drink low calorie or calorie-free foods. Think coffee, tea, water, and vegetables.

The more time you spend fasting every day, the better your results. You can do these fasts as often as you like. Again, the more often you do so, the better[1].

Getting Started With Intermittent Fasting

Following this diet plan is super simple. All you have to do is choose a period of time during the day that you will fast. This should be between 16-20 hours.

The longer you fast each day, the better. Don’t worry about calorie restriction or measuring carbohydrates. Just focus on going about your day until it’s time to eat.

It’s best to choose a set period of time to conduct your fast. I like to fast from 8 PM to 4 PM the following afternoon. I’ll then have my first meal of the day and a snack or two a few hours later. Once 8 o’clock rolls around, it’s back to fasting.

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My experience with intermittent fasting is that it’s best to start with a 16 hour fast (i.e. 8PM one evening to 12PM the next day) for the first 1-2 weeks. Once you are comfortable with this schedule, you can increase the amount of time you spend fasting. Do this by adding 30 minutes to each fast until you get to where you are fasting for 20 hours at a time.

You don’t have to fast every day in the beginning either. You may be more comfortable breaking in slowly with 2 or 3 days per week, or trying alternate day fasting. Add additional days of intermittent fasting as you become more comfortable with this style of eating.

Tips To Make Intermittent Fasting Easier

1. Drink Plenty of Water

Squeeze a little lemon or lime juice into your water to help get rid of any cravings you experience. You can also drink coffee, tea, or other calorie-free beverages. After a few weeks, you will find that intermittent fasting keeps you from craving sugar entirely.

2. Take in Caffeine in the Morning and Early Afternoon

The caffeine in coffee and tea may actually make intermittent fasting weight loss a little easier since it’s good for curbing your appetite. Be careful not to overindulge as this may lead to you feeling a little too wired. I also recommend these natural energy boosting tips to keep you going during the day.

3. Avoid Artificially Flavored Drinks

One type of calorie-free drink that should be avoided are diet sodas and other beverages that use artificial sweeteners like Splenda and Sweet & Low. Studies show that the can actually stimulate your appetite[2] like a drink that contains sugar and cause you to overeat.

4. Don’t Gorge at Your First Meal

The first meal after your fast should be the amount of food you typically eat. Binging will only make you feel awful and diminish the benefits you get from the fast.

To avoid this, try creating meal plans, at least for the first few weeks. This will help you get into the rhythm of eating regularly portioned meals during your eating window.

5. Minimize Processed Carbohydrates and Sugars

While intermittent fasting does make it possible to eat a little looser than normal, you should still eat as little bread, pasta, rice, etc. as possible.

Focus instead on eating protein from beef, fish, or pork, carbohydrates from vegetables, fruit, and sweet potatoes, and healthy fats from foods like almonds, avocados, fish, and olive oil.

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You can find some carb sources that will aid your weight loss journey here.

How Intermittent Fasting Helps You Lose Weight

Eating this way has many benefits with regard to weight loss. The first is that when you’re fasting, your body will be forced to use its stored body fat for energy. Burning calories this way, instead of from the food you’re eating throughout the day, will help you experience significant weight loss, but specifically lose weight from any excess body fat you’re carrying.

This means that you won’t just be thinner, but you will also look better and be much healthier than if you lose weight the old-fashioned way[3].

Intermittent fasting can help optimize the release of the key fat-burning hormones in your body. This is especially true for the two most important hormones: human growth hormone (HGH) and insulin.

Human growth hormone plays a key role in turning on your body’s fat-burning furnace so that it gets the calories you need to work and play from stored body fat. Studies show that fasting can significantly increase the production of HGH[4].

The influence intermittent fasting weight loss has on insulin is just as impressive and possibly more important. Keeping your insulin levels low and steady is key to losing excess fat and keeping it off.

Diets that are rich in processed carbohydrates (bread, pasta, rice) and simple sugars (candy, cookies, and soda) have the opposite effect. They cause your insulin levels to rapidly spike and then crash every time you eat one of these foods. The net result of this phenomenon is that your body will store more of what you eat as excess body fat instead of burning it off as energy.

Chronically elevating your insulin levels like this can also lead to the development of type II diabetes, obesity, and other chronic health problems. Intermittent fasting easily solves this problem.

One study found that men who participated in intermittent fasting had “dramatically lower insulin levels and significantly improved insulin sensitivity”[5].

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This happens because you’re not giving your body food, so it will not produce insulin, allowing insulin levels to balance out until you eat again. This helps your body stay in a calorie and fa-burning state. You’ll also find that it gives you more energy throughout the day.

Another great weight loss benefit of intermittent fasting is that hunger pangs and cravings that may normally plague you throughout the day will be reduced, if not altogether eliminated. This is probably due to its ability to balance your insulin and blood sugar levels and, in turn, help correct other hormonal imbalances.

Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss FAQs

Now that you know what intermittent fasting is and how to get started, it’s time to answer your other questions.

Below are answers to the questions frequently asked about intermittent fasting. These answers should help you and make getting started a lot easier.

How Much Weight Will I Lose?

The amount of weight you lose with fasting is determined by how often and long your fasts are, what you eat afterward, and other factors. Fasting for 16-20 hours a day can help you safely lose 2-3 pounds of fat every week.

While losing this much weight every week is great, it’s how it makes it happen that’s really cool. Losing weight with intermittent fasting means that you will never have to count calories or plan and prepare several meals a day.

Can I Work out While Fasting?

Yes, you can. In fact, doing the right type of workout while fasting will help you lose weight faster and even build muscle.

The best workouts to do while fasting for weight loss are 3-4 intense strength training workouts weekly. This means anything from standard strength training to kettlebell or body weight workouts.

Focus on doing 3-4 total body exercises per workout with as little rest as possible between sets. Doing this will help you burn more calories during and after your workout. You’ll also build muscle, which will help you look and feel better as the weight comes off.

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Won’t I Lose Muscle When I Fast?

First of all, you aren’t fasting long enough for your body to start breaking down muscle for energy. You have, perhaps, hundreds of thousands of calories from your stored body fat to use before that will begin to happen. Studies actually show that even after fasting for 3 days, no muscle is lost.

Is Fasting Safe?

As long as you are healthy, not pregnant, and aren’t taking medications, fasting is safe. Like all diets, you should discuss it with your doctor before beginning an intermittent fasting style of dieting.

I also feel that it may not be smart to follow this type of diet when you’re especially stressed. Since this diet can be a little stress-inducing at first, doing so when your ability to be relatively stress-free and rested probably isn’t a good idea.

Are There Any Supplements I Can Take to Make Fasting Easier?

As with any other weight loss plan, it’s a good idea to take a few nutritional supplements to ensure that your daily requirements are met. This includes a once or twice daily multi-vitamin, fish oil, and vitamin D.

I’ve also found taking 10 grams of branch chain amino acids before and after my workouts really helps, too. They’re great for giving you more energy during your workout and decreasing post-workout muscle soreness.

For supplements to specifically help with digestion, check out this article.

Conclusion

Now you know what intermittent fasting is and how it can help you lose weight quickly, safely, and pretty much effortlessly.

If you want to give it a try, find a fasting schedule that fits with you lifestyle and give it a go.

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