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.
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.
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.