I’ve been intermittent fasting pretty much since the beginning of the year. While I’ve seen some amazing benefits, I’m not a doctor or a medical pro by any stretch. So while I’ll discuss some of my experiences your results may vary and make sure you talk to a medical pro before trying any new diet.
I need a few things to be successful in a ‘diet’ type of situation. First I need to be able to track things and if possible there needs to be a gamified aspect of it. While Zero is a great app to track your fasts it leaves a little to be desired in the gamification aspect but hey, its been working out for me so far but I’d love to see badges or other integrations.
Zero is a great application to track where I’m at during my fast and how much time I have left in my ‘feeding window’. It will also let you customize the type of fast you’d like to complete. I personally started with the 16:8 method but quickly got used to that timeframe and began stretching it out with a longer fasting window and a shorter feeding window. It sounds scary at first but with anything new, your body will get used to your behavior. As you can see in the screenshot, you can edit the time your fast began/ended as well as some cool little features. My favorite feature is seeing how many other people are currently fasting, it speaks to the gamification aspect of my brain.
History tab has to be my favorite. From here you can see a ton of great and inspiring information. (at day 16 I got sick and had to break fast 😩) This app does talk to Apple Health so you’ll be able to import your weight to keep an eye on it trending down. This helps me tremendously when I’m contemplating eating a late night snack. This might be a good time to bring up my diet. I don’t eat whatever I want when I break fast/eat in my feeding window. I stick to a pretty strict ketogenic diet. Again, this works great for me but you may see different results so talk to a doctor or research and decide on your own.
Overall Zero is a perfect example of a great, simple app that encourages you to stick to a schedule and see results as you go. If you’re already fasting and would like to track more give Zero a try. If you’re curious to learn more about fasting, there’s a ‘Learn’ tab that will share some information on the different fasting types –I found this super useful.
Planning on trying this app out or already doing so? Let me know your thoughts! I also love getting any new and fresh keto friendly recipes.