I jumped on the Intermittent Fasting bandwagon for a few months back in April and although I felt pretty good doing it, I learned that it just wasn't right for me. Prior to trying IF, I counted macros and tracked everything I ate in MyFitnessPal (which is an amazing calorie and exercise tracking app). I had been doing that for a year and since I'm a snacker, tracking calories showed me my problem areas throughout the day and helped me manage my food choices. The only downfall, for me, was actually sitting down and spending time tracking my foods. So with IF becoming popular, it seemed like a great option since really, all I would have to do is track my "windows". For those not familiar with IF, you are allowed to eat whatever you want (but only eating until your full - you can't just bing eat all day) within a set number of hours. I chose to eat from 12pm-6pm so that I could be able to eat lunch and dinner with my family, which means that I couldn't eat from 6pm-12pm the following day (this is knows as 18:6 - 18 hours off, 6 hours on).
This timing worked well during the week. Actually no. It worked well Monday - Thursday, when we were on a more stable schedule. Once it hit Friday, I found that we were eating later in the evening so that we could meet friends or have people over after work. No problem, IF is meant to be flexible and "they" say that if you extend your eating window at night, then just start later the next day.. as long as you're fasting for at least 18 hours, it's all good. So now, if I have my last cookie and glass of wine at, say, 9pm on Friday evening, that means that I should be fasting until 3pm on Saturday. I tried this for a few weeks, but it got to the point where my kids wanted to make cookies after dinner or go out to breakfast in the morning and I had to keep saying "no, it's not time for mommy to eat yet" (which is very hard to explain to a 3 year old). That made them sad and made me feel guilty to the point where the negatives were outweighing the positives and I just stopped. There were other reasons why IF wasn't sustainable for me, but I won't get deep into the nitty gritty, however feel free to reach out if you're interested in hearing more about my experience.
Counting calories or macros might be slightly tedious and annoying, but it works. And if that five minutes I spend entering the nutrition facts for amazing home baked cookie, means that I was able to spend some extra special time baking with my kids, it's so worth it.