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{ I.F. round two }

After hitting goal back in May 2016, I did some celebrating, of course.

Then July 4th, I celebrated more.

Then we went on vacation to New Mexico for 10 days, and I celebrated even more.

As the saying goes, the struggle is real. I know you have all experienced the same situation(s) and you kick yourself for “letting yourself go.” It happens. We have to pick ourselves up and move on, which is exactly what I did. But, things don’t always go as planned. When we returned from New Mexico in late July, I went back to my 100% strict low carb as usual. The extra “vacation weight” came off pretty quickly. Then… nothing.

A few days ago, I was still the same weight I was on August 1st. I was hovering around the same three stubborn pounds no matter what I ate. It just so happened I was finishing up a great book, called The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss by Jason Fung, MD. I highly recommend reading it. This book is one of best I’ve read as I’ve researched low carb and weight loss these past 2 years. Dr. Fung writes how the main culprit of our weight is our insulin levels. He goes into this topic in great detail and mentions tips on weight loss I had never even thought or read about, such as snacking. Don’t do it. It keeps your insulin levels elevated, which keeps the weight ON.

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In the last chapter of the book, titled When to Eat, he describes intermittent fasting (IF), how to, the myths, and more. I immediately thought — oh great, here we go again. Been there, done that. Didn’t work. As Dr. Fung described it in more and more detail, he mentioned the duration… 24 to 36 HOURS.  WHOA.  Definitely NOT the intermittent fasting I tried. My usual fast was 16-18 hours (basically eating dinner early and skipping breakfast). I wasn’t sure I could ever handle a 24-hour fast, much less a 36-hour.

The more I thought about it, and how well he presented the information in the book, it seemed easy enough. I decided WHY NOT!?  I’ve got nothing to lose! (pun intended 😉 ) I CAN do it.

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This past Sunday, I had my regular 3 meals. On Monday I skipped breakfast and lunch, so dinner Sunday to dinner Monday was my first 24-hour fast. As my Monday routine played out, I actually ate dinner later than usual, so my fast was closer to 25-26 hours. I ate WINGS, and they were so GOOD. I thought I would be starving and would have to get the large 16-piece order, but nope, my usual small order of 10 wings was plenty. I was a little hungry here and there throughout the day, but as Dr. Fung mentions, it passes. Keep drinking water. Hang in there, and it will pass. And it does that exact thing — it comes in waves. Personally, as the day goes on, it’s less and less frequent. It went so well, I decided to continue with an alternating 24-hour fasting (twice) plan for the week.

During this time, I also decided to cut out *ALL* artificial sweeteners, which is also something Dr. Fung mentions several times in his book. Apparently, they can raise your insulin levels as much as regular sugar. EEK!! This is pretty huge for me. I love Sweet N Low in my iced tea, and I use sugar free (Splenda) syrups in my coffee with coconut oil (only one cup a day).

After my fast on Monday and wings for dinner, my plan included eating all 3 meals Tuesday, but since I only have coffee for breakfast, and I wasn’t using syrups (and NO black coffee for me), I skipped it and had lunch and dinner. Then the process started all over again, 24 hour fast until Wednesday dinner, eat all day Thursday (except breakfast). It’s a simple 1 day on, 1 day off plan, which makes it easy to follow. And since you never go a full waking-hour day without eating, it’s not so daunting. Skipping dinner on the fasting day would make it a 36-hour fast. I’m not so sure about that one. 😉

Finally… what you’ve been waiting for. The results!

After fasting Monday and eating Tuesday, I was down about 4 pounds total by Wednesday morning. Wednesday was my next fast, and on Thursday morning I woke up for a total of 5 pounds lost. 

So far it seems like this version of intermittent fasting works, at least it did for me this week. I’m sure I will try it out again soon.

{ research }

If one thing has changed from the first time I followed low carb (and gained it all back – plus more) to THIS time following low carb and losing more, quicker, and sticking to it easier… it’s RESEARCH.

I cannot stress this enough for anyone following ANY lifestyle change. Whatever you choose… RESEARCH it. Read anything you can find on the subject from doctors, research studies (preferably NOT funded by food industries), etc.

I have a stack of books by doctors and researchers on various subjects like sugar, saturated fat, general obesity, etc. Some I’ve read, some are next on my list.

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So far, every single book has brought out some amazing information that both infuriates and saddens me. The food companies, USDA, FCC, government, lobbyists, and other special interest groups aren’t helping the people of this country. Money is the motivation – and sick people are MONEY MAKERS. We have to help ourselves.

In the book, The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet by Nina Teicholz, she writes how “The food world is particularly prey to corruption, because so much money is made on food and so much depends on talk and especially the opinions of experts.”

“The (American Heart Association) AHA even rode the profit wave of refined carbohydrates from the 1990s onward by charging a hefty fee for the privilege of putting the AHA’s “Heart Healthy” check mark on products, with the label ending up on some dubious candidates, such as Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes, Fruity Marshmallow Krispies, and low-fat Pop-Tarts.”

At one point in history, “the low-cholesterol diet became national policy not only because the [AHA] and nutritionists enthusiastically endorsed it as a solution to heart disease but even more importantly because the vast power of the U.S. government swung behind it.”

The AHA even suggested “to avoid fat, people should eat sugar.” (Can I get a collective “UGH!!”)

Finally, here’s the real kicker — and one reason I hate going to the grocery store…

“The real heavyweights were the big food manufacturers, such as General Foods, Quaker Oats, Heinz, the National Biscuit Company, and the Corn Products Refining Corporation. In 1941 these companies had set up the Nutrition Foundation, a group that worked to influence opinion with far more subtle techniques than striding through senators’ offices. The foundation steered the course of science at its very source by developing relationships with academic researchers, funding important scientific conferences, and funneling many millions of dollars directly into research (even before the NIH began funding nutrition research).”

That’s scary stuff. That “funded research” should be to help the PEOPLE, not line the food companies’ pocket books.

What is the culprit? The very thing that the AHA suggested we eat. SUGAR.

As Dr. Robert Lustig writes in his book, Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease, the “government has been co-opted in what is known as ‘elite capture.’ By this we mean that the government bends the regulatory systems in the food industry’s favor, to maintain a decidedly lopsided power structure. Either the legislative branch won’t act because the food industry is paying it off, the executive branch won’t act because it’s afraid of the political repercussions, or the populace won’t act because as far as they are concerned, “a calorie is still a calorie” and they still believe in personal responsibility—and they’re addicted anyway.”

Lustig later writes, “Sugar is now the most ubiquitous foodstuff worldwide, and has been added to virtually every processed food, limiting consumer choice and the ability to avoid it.”

No wonder everyone is addicted to it.

And speaking of addiction, “What about the smoking gun? Big Food is Big Tobacco (Philip Morris = Altria = Kraft, General Foods, Jell-O, and Post; RJR = Nabisco). Does the food industry know what it’s doing?”

Hint: YES.

I’ve learned a LOT in this new journey of mine, and the one thing I learned to pass on to everyone else …
Go out and keep learning MORE. Research it for yourself!

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