“Sono sempre stato un armadio più veloce e non l'ho mai saputo”
Da 11 anni ho lottato con l'immagine del corpo. Non eravamo esattamente una famiglia attiva. Sono cresciuto in Canada allevato da genitori indiani. Sono sempre stato imbarazzato dalla mia cultura, dal colore della mia pelle, dal mio corpo. Preferivo cibi preconfezionati piuttosto che il cibo indiano fresco e sano cucinato in casa mia madre. Pertanto, l'aumento di peso si è insinuato lentamente di anno in anno. Beh, intendendo dire che gli amici di famiglia direbbero ai miei genitori che stavo “guardando pesante” e all'età di 17 anni, ero più grande della mia piccola madre indiana e purtroppo non avevo idea di come perdere peso.
Quella stessa estate ci è capitato di fare un viaggio di famiglia in India ei miei genitori stavano frequentando corsi universitari in un campus universitario tutto vegetariano. Poiché non mi piaceva il cibo del campus, per un mese intero mangiavo meno spazzatura e spesso andavo a dormire dopo non aver mangiato una cena abbondante e fatto i miei soliti spuntini dolci o salati a tarda notte. Sono tornato dall'India e tutti i miei amici e la mia famiglia hanno notato che avevo perso peso. Dato che amavo questa ritrovata attenzione, ho pensato che forse se avessi smesso di mangiare dopo le 5 e continuassi a mangiare quello che volevo nel corso della giornata, avrei potuto mantenere questo nuovo peso. (Ero passato da una taglia 14 alla taglia 5). Tuttavia, l'ho tenuto segreto perché pensavo di “morire di fame”. (Era la fine degli anni '80). Non è durato e quando sono arrivato al college, le matricole 15 ++ si sono avvicinate. Pizze a tarda notte, frullati di mezzanotte di Denny, grandi sorsate zuccherate confezionate in chili. Presto ho sposato la mia fidanzata del college e ho mantenuto la mia taglia 10-12 ma non sono mai stata felice nel mio corpo. Nel 2001, subito prima dell'11 settembre, mio marito è entrato in Marina. È andato al campo di addestramento per 6 settimane e durante questo periodo ho programmato di tornare al mio peso pre-college, quindi ho comprato un programma di dimagrimento video di esercizi e ogni giorno ho mangiato una colazione e un pranzo abbondanti e ho saltato segretamente la cena. Sono entrato subito in una taglia 4-6 quando finalmente l'ho visto dopo una traumatizzante separazione dell'11 settembre. Tuttavia, non è durato e il peso è tornato.Nel 2007 mio marito ha lasciato me e le mie due figlie per un anno di dispiegamento in Afghanistan. Ancora una volta, ho pensato, tornerò alla mia taglia 4-6, quindi ho aderito a un popolare programma di perdita di peso (WW) e ho mangiato una colazione e un pranzo abbondanti e ho saltato segretamente la cena e dopo un anno mi sono riunito con mio marito che sembrava bello e magro . La gente mi chiedeva come ho perso peso e per paura che le persone pensassero che stessi “morendo di fame”, avrei semplicemente detto che ero andato a “dieta”. Ma non durò e il peso tornò a farsi sentire.
Nel 2016, la stessa cosa: mio marito è stato inviato a Cuba. Questa volta sono entrato in una costosa clinica per la perdita di peso dove ho dovuto bere bevande zuccherate per la perdita di peso “freezy pop” tutto il giorno durante i pasti. Dato che il peso non si riduceva abbastanza velocemente, ho modificato di nuovo il loro programma: il mio solito pranzo saltato. Ho perso peso e l'azienda voleva usarmi come modello di poster ma non ho mai accettato. Certo, non è durato e il peso è tornato a farsi sentire.
A questo punto ho pensato: “Qual è la risposta?” Qual era il tema comune per perdere peso? “E poi ho capito che era mio marito! Doveva andare!
“Non succederà, piccola,” disse mio marito non divertito dalla mia realizzazione. 🙂 Così ho pensato più intensamente e mi sono reso conto che avevo semplicemente mangiato prima e che avevo digiunato per tutto il tempo!
Ho cercato rapidamente libri su kindle e mi sono imbattuto in “Unbelievable” di Kim e Ryan Smith La libertà e questo mi ha portato a “Delay, Don't Deny” e “The Obesity code”.Nel gennaio 2019, ho iniziato ufficialmente a digiunare … saltando un pasto … poi due. Ora ho una media di 20: 4. Indosso felicemente la taglia 4-6. Inoltre, i miei sintomi pre-menopausa spariti, il mio eczema scomparso, la mia fascite plantare scomparsa. Ho i capelli folti, le unghie forti, la pelle liscia, mi aspetto e mi sento come se avessi 20 anni e 48! La cosa migliore è che finalmente posso dire che il peso NON è tornato a salire, e mio marito non deve lasciare gli ordini della Marina per farmi dimagrire 🙂 E non sono più un “armadio” più veloce. Sono orgoglioso di gridarlo ad alta voce: il digiuno pulito è la risposta !!
Il mio anno di digiuno pulito
Background: sono a dieta dall'età di 11 anni. Ho 47 anni … ecco il mio diario:
Jan – Ritardo, “Donut” Nega ragazza 🍩! Eccitato, alto, posso farlo! OMG posso farlo ?? UGH quando è il pranzo?
Feb – Evviva! Hai perso 4 libbre e nessuna dieta! Ho mangiato quello che volevo in una finestra di 2-4 ore: torta di compleanno, San Valentino, ciambelle 🍩 😋
Marzo – Perso 12 libbre. Molti sintomi sono scomparsi! Psoriasi, vampate di calore, pelle secca, fascite da fioriera, mal di schiena, dolore al collo / spalle, meno capelli grigi, capelli spessi in crescita, visione meno sfocata, nessuna allergia, alta energia, pelle luminosa, minimalista (fan di Kon Mari) 😂
Aprile – Sentirsi magri. Nessuna pesatura. Pausa di aprile – comodo in un completo ma non ancora arrivato.
Maggio – Nessuna pesatura. Cucinare meravigliosi pasti sani e cuocere il pane fatto in casa – cosa ??? Chi sono!
Giugno – Il dentista è rimasto colpito dai miei denti. Quasi nessun graffio! Wow!
Luglio – estate! Rilassando la mia finestra. Sentirsi bene. Festeggiamo 23 anni con mio marito della Marina.
Agosto – Guadagnato 5 libbre! Sto ancora rilassando la mia finestra. Godersi gli ultimi giorni d'estate! Evacuazione dell'uragano! 😧
Settembre – Hai guadagnato 10 libbre con 5 settimane di ciclo continuo ?? !! Il mal di schiena ritorna, sentirsi prego, avere BV, andare al dottore – la pressione sanguigna è sana.
Ottobre – Ricomincia! Prova il digiuno a giorni alterni. Una settimana ha perso 6 libbre. Tenere traccia, niente zucchero trasformato, niente vino 🍷 va bene meno vino 😂
Nov – Pasto del Ringraziamento ritardato! Non ha negato.
Dicembre – Ha programmato le vacanze di Natale mangiando finestre e ci si è attenuti. Niente stress!
Jan – È andato in scala – Cosa ?? !! Ha perso 18 libbre in un anno. È passato da una taglia stretta 10-12 a una 6-8 sciolta. Tutti i sintomi di marzo sono ancora scomparsi. Ancora eccitato! Ancora disordine, ancora attaccato a IF!
Inoltre ora ho perso 20 libbre e ho 48 anni. SW: 162 CW: 142 GW: 132 Gamma da una taglia 4-8.
Grazie a molti IFers nella comunità DDD: Gin, Kim, Sheri, Jeethah – per aver condiviso le tue storie ❤️
Kay Jones di Seattle, WA
Caro Gin e tutti i miei compagni di viaggio,
In primo luogo, voglio ringraziare Gin per gli incredibili contenuti che hanno reso IF così facile: i libri, i podcast, i blog, le molteplici piattaforme social e i gruppi. Voglio ringraziare gli amministratori del gruppo e, ovviamente, tutti i membri. Se N = 1, allora i nostri gruppi IF forniscono probabilmente OGNI scenario “uno” potrebbe sperimentare! -Ma il ringraziamento più grande va a mio marito, Timothy, che mi ha amato incondizionatamente di ogni dimensione.
Un rapido background: la mia strada per IF è stata lunga e piena di tristezza. La mia famiglia ha una storia di problemi con il corpo. Mia nonna e mio nonno paterni erano obesi, il che colpiva in modo diverso ciascuno dei loro 3 figli. Mio padre (che è molto in forma e per tutto il tempo che la mia memoria serve) è sempre stato “cosciente” di peso, corpo ed esercizio fisico. Mia madre è ed era una piccola donna coreana. Sono la più vecchia di 3 ragazze. Siamo coreani e bianchi decenti. Le mie due sorelle sono state praticamente sempre minuscole e magre. Naturalmente ho un telaio medio che tende ad essere sul lato alto dell'intervallo di peso BMI sano.
I miei primi ricordi dei miei genitori che limitavano il cibo risalivano a circa 6 anni. Durante i miei anni di liceo, mi sottoponevano a OGNI dieta … la dieta a base di zuppa di cavolo, Shaklee shakes, Slim Fast, Asparagus Diet, una volta mia madre aveva la tiroide controllato e un nutrizionista mi ha fatto seguire una dieta di 1350 calorie / giorno (spesso “finivo” le calorie, dovevo saltare i pasti per raggiungere il mio obiettivo e sentivo sempre di morire di fame). Ora che sono un genitore, so che stavano facendo il meglio che sapevano, ma il peso della famiglia e le riunioni di famiglia riguardanti il mio peso, per non parlare dei film e dei ritratti di bellezza delle riviste, mi hanno lasciato segnato da una bugia che solo le persone magre potrebbero essere amate.
Al college, il mio peso mi aveva gonfiato fino a raggiungere i miei 190 libbre più pesanti. Ho provato le pillole dimagranti consigliate da un amico della chiesa che contenevano un ingrediente ora vietato. Quelle pillole mi hanno fatto perdere peso velocemente … ma mi hanno lasciato senza sonno e nervoso. La perdita di peso che avevo sperimentato non era sostenibile. Come tanti altri, ho continuato a sforzarmi di diventare magro. Ho provato la dieta Sugar Busters, la dieta South Beach, la dieta Hollywood Juice, la dieta dei biscotti, le pillole di aceto di sidro di mele, le pillole Alli, Weight Watchers, Atkins … Voglio dire … so che ne sto lasciando alcune su. È imbarazzante vedere tutto scritto così!
Ho scoperto mangiare pulito / alcalinità attraverso un programma chiamato Tone it Up un po 'di tempo nel 2013. Era uno di quelli che mangiano 6 piccoli pasti puliti al giorno. Ha funzionato. Il cibo che stavo mangiando tipicamente non era super appetibile. Porterei cibo con me OVUNQUE, anche alle riunioni di famiglia! Su quel piano ho lavorato 2-3 volte al giorno. Sono sceso a una taglia 5 junior o una taglia 4 da donna, ma ho trovato molto difficile mantenerla. La mia dieta a quel tempo consisteva principalmente di asparagi e pollo!
Essere “magro” era il mio vitello d'oro. Avevo una buona o una brutta giornata in base al numero sulla scala o sull'etichetta. Il dimensionamento della vanità è stato letteralmente progettato per persone come me. Mi sentivo così bene se l'etichetta diceva 6!
Abbastanza divertente … IF è sempre stato intorno a me. Alcuni dei gruppi hanno menzionato come mangiavano le loro nonne. Mia mamma ha SEMPRE fatto SE. Di solito fa circa 16: 8 (non sa che si chiama così). Il suo schema alimentare è che mangia un pranzo medio-piccolo e una cena piuttosto consistente senza spuntini. Inoltre, mio marito ha sempre fatto IF senza saperlo. Si adatta ancora alle cose che indossava al liceo … non sono necessari allenamenti estremi!
Ad ogni modo, tendo ad essere il più sano ovunque da 135-150 libbre. Dopo aver avuto dei bambini, ho raggiunto una dimensione e una persona che non conoscevo. Non avevo più il tempo (o l'energia per quella materia) per cucinare e cuocere 8 ore la domenica per la settimana successiva … figuriamoci fare gli allenamenti multipli. Mi sentivo così a pezzi e mi sentivo inutile.
Mio zio mi ha parlato di Keto che … NON ha funzionato per me! Così felice per quelli là fuori che aiuta, ma non è stato un problema per questa signora. Me ne ha parlato DietDoctor.com dove ho trovato Jason Fung e in qualche modo da lì ho trovato Gin. Amo il lavoro di Jason Fung, ma il libro di Gin, Delay Don't Deny, è stata davvero la road map che mi ha portato al successo.
La mia foto prima è del mio febbraio 2019 e quella dopo è gennaio 2020. Ho iniziato lentamente facendo solo 16: 8 in modo coerente e poi ho lavorato fino ad ora principalmente a digiuno 19: 5 o più a lungo. Devo dire che il più grande successo che ho visto nel mio viaggio è che non adoro più “magro”. Non sono più ossessionato dal cibo o dall'esercizio fisico. Formalmente non faccio allenamenti in palestra o con video. Sono molto attivo però perché ho due bambini piccoli da inseguire e raccogliere tutto il giorno. Amo la libertà e anch'io ho buttato via la bilancia. Il numero sulla scala mi fa ancora arrabbiare. Una cosa che ho notato però è che con IF, il mio peso è più alto in correlazione alla mia massa. Sono sempre stato il tipo di persona che sembra pesare meno di loro perché il mio peso si distribuisce abbastanza uniformemente e sono naturalmente piuttosto muscoloso, ma ora sono un buon 10 libbre più pesante di quanto sarei normalmente alla stessa taglia.
Se hai letto fino alla fine, grazie! Adoro tutti i poster precedenti e gli ospiti dei podcast IF Hacks, quindi penso che aggiungerò alcuni dei miei preferiti.
1. Non spendo un sacco di vestiti e tendo a optare per un approvvigionamento più sostenibile … In realtà sto ancora perdendo massa (stranamente l'ultima volta che ho controllato che non sto perdendo peso in scala). Seguo alcuni YouTuber davvero stimolanti e ho imparato l'arte della parsimonia (B.Jones Style e Karen Brit Chic sono i miei preferiti). Inoltre utilizzo il mio gruppo di condivisione locale (buynothingproject.org). Attraverso gli YouTuber ho imparato a lasciare andare il mio “BISOGNO” di essere una dimensione numerica. Il mio armadio ha una XXS fino alla XXL. Ora che sono a mio agio con la mia taglia e non mi lascio scoraggiare dalla lettera o dalla dimensione numerica, indosso liberamente ciò che mi ispira!
2. AMO l'app per finestre. Ne ho provati così tanti … ma questo mi aiuta a segnare quello che sto facendo quindi non dimentico né mi do più o meno credito di quanto merito! Inoltre mi piace che si concentri sul positivo di QUANDO mangio e non mentre non lo sono.
3. Questo dovrebbe davvero essere il numero 1. PIANIFICA per avere successo! Gin ha pubblicato una bella foto dei suoi addominali su Instagram e ho commentato che ero entusiasta di essere una delle sue storie di successo. La visualizzazione è tutto. Alcune idee potrebbero essere creare un Vision Board e pubblicarlo da qualche parte visibile o scrivere un mantra e leggerlo una o due volte al giorno! Pianifica anche alcune vittorie senza scala!
Benedizioni per il tuo compagno di viaggio di viaggio!
Donna / 38 anni
Peso iniziale: 176 libbre
Taglia del denim iniziale: probabilmente 14
Taglia superiore iniziale: grande
Peso attuale: circa 150 libbre
Taglia attuale del denim: 6
Dimensione superiore attuale: piccola o media
La mia storia inizia come molte altre storie che ho visto. Ho 49 anni, ma per la maggior parte della mia vita ho seguito una dieta o per lo meno ossessionato dalla mia dieta. Sono sempre stato il bambino più grande crescendo, probabilmente non per grande differenza, ma nella mia mente, ero sempre grande! Ho avuto il mio primo figlio a diciotto anni e probabilmente ho messo su più di 70 sterline. Ho pregato ogni volta alla fine andando dal mio ostetrico di non superare i 200. Ho continuato ad avere altri 2 figli ea 26 anni mi sono sistemata nella maternità e avevo sempre peso da perdere, .. direi ovunque da 30 fino a 80 libbre in più del necessario. A 30 anni ho iniziato a correre lentamente ea 33 ho fatto la mia prima maratona di Chicago e 2 anni dopo ho fatto la seconda. Mi sono davvero divertito a correre e ho fatto molte gare, comprese diverse mezze maratone, e completato 2 maratone complete. Ero molto concentrato sul raggiungimento degli obiettivi di corsa e il risultato è stato la perdita di peso. Ho continuato a correre fino a pochi anni fa dopo una lunga lotta con l'aumento del dolore al piede destro, che ho imparato era una frattura da stress che mi ha lasciato in uno stivale per 3 mesi, ho sofferto di fascite plantare dopo e mi ha fatto pagare emotivamente e fisicamente.
Mi mancava la corsa, ho ingrassato e ho scoperto di essere depresso e mi sentivo come se stessi fallendo. Ad un certo punto ho raggiunto i 183 libbre. Inutile dire che ero scioccato e deluso da me stesso, sapevo quanto duramente avessi lavorato in passato per arrivare a un peso sano e la mia ansia e su cosa mangiare, compreso quando e quanto, mi deprimeva ancora di più. Sono cresciuto con una mamma che ci ha insegnato che non potevamo mangiare nulla per molte ragioni: alto contenuto di zuccheri o sali spazzatura, calorie vuote, alto contenuto di grassi e tutti gli altri motivi per fare buone scelte, ma ha solo aggiunto l'ansia della mia mente verso le scelte alimentari.
Avanti veloce a novembre o dicembre 2018, vado al mio appuntamento annuale dal ginecologo e l'infermiera ha sottolineato il fatto che avevo messo più di 35 sterline dalla visita precedente 2 anni prima. Mi sono lamentato con lei di come mi sentissi davvero a riguardo e che dovevo smettere di correre e stavo avendo difficoltà a ritrovare la strada per una buona dieta e un regime di esercizio fisico. Ha suggerito di esaminare il digiuno intermittente. La mia bocca si è aperta e le ho chiesto “non è solo una cosa folle?” Ha detto: “No, credo che abbia un merito. Cercalo e leggilo. Ho sentito molto successo con esso.” Era tutto ciò che avevo bisogno di sentire.
Quel pomeriggio sono andato a casa e ho cercato su Google Digiuno intermittente, e fortunatamente mi sono imbattuto per primo nel tuo libro! L'ho immediatamente ordinato da Audible, l'ho ascoltato e ho iniziato il mio viaggio quel giorno stesso. Ho iniziato molto lentamente. All'inizio ho cercato di interrompere il mio pasto quotidiano entro le 19:00 e ho cercato di trattenerlo fino alle 10:00. Poi mangiavo pranzo e cena, ma niente in mezzo. Dopo alcuni mesi ho deciso che avrei rinunciato al pranzo e molto velocemente – come solo pochi giorni – non me ne sono nemmeno perso. Quindi praticamente da lì stavo facendo OMAD. Ma interrompevo il digiuno alle 16:00 perché andavo a una lezione di ginnastica e avevo paura di svenire per non aver mangiato e avevo paura che le persone dicessero o pensassero perché alcuni sapevano già che era digiuno o cosa loro pensai, morendo di fame.
Dopo aver ascoltato e letto molti altri libri e elencato i tuoi podcast, ho coraggiosamente provato a fare esercizio a digiuno e stavo bene, anche fantastico! Ho continuato andando in palestra la mattina a digiuno per sollevare pesi circa 4-5 giorni a settimana per circa 30 minuti e facendo una lezione di cardio 2 volte a settimana dopo il lavoro. Trascorrevo la mia ora di pranzo a fare commissioni, leggere o ascoltare il tuo libro, i libri del dottor Fung e Unbelievable Freedom degli Smiths.
Amo questo modo di vivere! Sta succedendo un anno e non posso soppesare condividere il tuo libro con il mio ginecologo NP e celebrare ciò che ho fatto nell'ultimo anno. A questo punto ho perso 32 libbre e molti pollici, mi sento benissimo nel mio corpo e non ho intenzione di rinunciarvi mai. Ringrazio il cielo per aver trovato te, i tuoi libri e tutti gli altri che hai condiviso con me attraverso i tuoi podcast. Ascolto ogni settimana quelli nuovi e molte volte riascolto solo per catturare qualcosa che potrei essermi perso, ora condivido questo viaggio con gli altri e mia madre e mia sorella fanno la loro versione e il mio più caro amico ha perso più di 10 libbre nell'ultimo 2 mesi facendo il suo viaggio. Questa stessa settimana ho avuto 2 persone al lavoro che mi hanno cercato per dirmi che dopo aver condiviso anche loro hanno letto il tuo libro e stanno iniziando il loro viaggio. ti do tutto il merito per le tue parole che mi hanno raggiunto, toccando la mia testa e il mio cuore! Grazie mille!
Un anno fa avevo toccato il fondo; sebbene nascosto dietro un comportamento piacevole, ero malato, obeso, depresso, impoverito e senza speranza che qualcosa sarebbe mai cambiato. Per prima cosa, avevo rinunciato completamente a perdere peso e mi sentivo un totale fallimento perché per quasi cinque decenni, qualcosa descritto da così tante persone intelligenti come un buon senso, una soluzione semplice (qualcosa sulla falsariga di mangiare di meno e muoversi di più) si erano dimostrati più e più volte consigli praticamente inutili per me, parole che servivano solo ad accumulare sensi di colpa. Ho avuto cicatrici dalle grandi guerre dietetiche; Avevo superato il punto di cinismo su qualsiasi dieta alla moda e non ascoltavo nemmeno più gli ultimi approcci. Ho spento il coro di un trilione di voci che offrivano consigli; il rumore era semplicemente troppo. Troppo confuso! La mentalità che avevo era triste rassegnazione che non avrei mai trovato un modo per recuperare il mio sé vibrante e sano alternativo o mai sentirsi di nuovo come “me”.
Ma una sera di settembre 2018 sono inciampato in qualcosa di inaspettato che credo mi abbia salvato la vita. Ero stato seduto per diverse ore con la zia Rose di Greg, che aveva avuto una giornata particolarmente brutta con la sua demenza; Quando sono tornato a casa, la paura estrema di contrarre il morbo di Alzheimer mi ha lanciato in una ricerca febbrile su Internet per tutta la notte per qualsiasi cosa preventiva. Se non potevo salvare la mia salute generale, almeno volevo cercare di tenere a bada quello specifico orribile futuro. Durante le mie ricerche su Google a tarda notte, un termine ha attirato la mia attenzione di cui non avevo mai sentito parlare: digiuno intermittente, menzionato nel contesto del miglioramento della longevità e della riduzione del declino cognitivo. Pochi clic dopo mi sono ritrovato a leggere di come il digiuno intermittente fosse utilizzato in molte cliniche non solo per curare il diabete di tipo II, ma per CURARLO effettivamente con tassi di successo fuori scala. Poi ho trovato articoli che accreditano il digiuno intermittente per aumentare la longevità, ridurre l'infiammazione, migliorare la pelle, riequilibrare gli ormoni; la lista delle possibilità sembrava continuare.
Digiunare, davvero? Una pratica che esiste dagli albori dell'umanità? Come potrebbe essere “nuovo”? Com'è possibile che tutti questi benefici per la salute siano facilmente raggiungibili con qualcosa di così vecchio, così sicuro, così provato … e come potrei sentirne parlare APPENA, a metà degli anni '50? Infine, mi sono reso conto: non dovresti anche perdere peso se digiunassi a intermittenza? Una volta che non sono riuscito a trovare qualcosa di dannoso sull'IF, ho deciso quella sera di provarlo per almeno alcuni mesi; fu allora che iniziò il mio viaggio con il digiuno intermittente.
Avanti veloce fino ad oggi. Ora, a 57 anni, non mi sono mai sentito più vivo, più sano, più energico o più acuto, dopo un anno in cui ho incorporato il digiuno intermittente nel mio stile di vita. Ho eliminato la necessità di farmaci per la pressione sanguigna. Andato! Sono più forte di quanto non sia stato da decenni. Tutti i miei dolori e dolori generali sono scomparsi. Non ho mal di testa da un anno; Non credo di aver nemmeno preso un Advil in quel periodo. Mi sveglio con un senso di benessere che è indescrivibile; infatti, nell'ultimo anno non credo di aver avuto una sola giornata veramente brutta. Mi sento così liberato dalla zuppa tossica di pensieri negativi e sensi di colpa in cui stavo marinando per la mia salute e il mio peso, cominciando al risveglio ogni mattina e raramente mi tranquillizzo dalla loro costante presenza soffocante. Le mie etichette sulla pelle sono scomparse. Sono molto più concentrato. Ora ho un'energia illimitata! Ho anche sviluppato un forte desiderio di fare esercizio, tornando alle cose che ho amato fin dall'infanzia, come andare in bicicletta, ballare, nuotare e saltare su un mini-trampolino. Mi piace il cibo più che in qualsiasi momento della mia vita e mangio una dieta robusta e senza restrizioni.
E sì, ho perso peso. Non mi peso mai, ma al mio ultimo appuntamento dal medico l'infermiera mi ha detto che avevo perso 60 libbre dallo scorso giugno; la verità cruda è che prima del digiuno intermittente indossavo una 18W attillata, e i jeans che indosso mentre digito questo, anche se di dimensioni generose per vanità, sono sorprendentemente una taglia 4. Nessuna perfezione qui – Ne ho molti di più il grasso corporeo che mi aspetto si ridurrà gradualmente, ma trascorro ZERO tempo a preoccuparmene. Mi sento solo vitale, radioso e sano. Mi sento nutrito. Questo modello alimentare sembra naturalmente sostenibile e molto permanente. Sto andando nella giusta direzione.
Il digiuno intermittente può essere un potente strumento di guarigione; e una delle cose che mi affascina di più è che costa assolutamente zero. Dimentica costosi programmi di perdita di peso, cibo di marca disponibile solo nei negozi di fascia alta, integratori che costano uno stipendio, iscrizioni in palestra … chi di noi non può permettersi di digiunare in modo semplice e sicuro?
La persona più influente per me lungo questo viaggio è stata un'insegnante di Augusta, Georgia, di nome Gin Stephens; ha scritto un libro incredibile intitolato Ritardo, non negare che espone i principi che ho seguito quasi dal primo giorno. Il suo libro ha la mia più alta raccomandazione per chiunque sia interessato a saperne di più sul digiuno intermittente. In effetti, sono stato recentemente onorato di essere intervistato sul podcast di Gin, Intermittent Fasting Stories; è stato gratificante poterle dire in prima persona quale straordinaria influenza ha avuto sulla mia vita. Ecco il link per chi vuole saperne di più.
Sembra strano e si sente vulnerabile nel condividere questo messaggio altamente personale, ma sono fermamente convinto che potrebbe esserci qualcuno là fuori che potrebbe trarre vantaggio dall'essere indirizzato verso queste potenti informazioni da verificare da solo insieme al proprio medico di fiducia. Le foto mostrano alcuni cambiamenti in me evidenti all'esterno; ancora più apprezzati sono i cambiamenti che non puoi vedere in una foto.
Il digiuno intermittente cambia la vita!
Sono stato a dieta yo-yo per la maggior parte della mia vita adulta. Ho provato molte diete, ho aderito a gruppi di dimagrimento e palestre e ho speso molti soldi in integratori e frullati. Tu lo chiami, l'ho provato. Ho guadagnato e perso peso molte volte, ma non ho mai perso peso. Alla fine, la mia salute ha iniziato a peggiorare nei miei primi anni '50. Ho sofferto di dolori estremi alla parte bassa della schiena e alle gambe. Riuscivo a malapena a camminare senza assistenza. Mi è stato somministrato un potente antidolorifico. Più o meno nello stesso periodo in cui mi è stato diagnosticato il pre-diabete e il fegato grasso analcolico (NAFL). Sono stato devastato! È stato un momento negativo della mia vita. Pesavo circa 260 libbre e indossavo una taglia stretta 26. Ero esausto, dolorante e morbosamente obeso.
A settembre 2017, mi sono imbattuto nel libro Delay, Don't Deny di Gin Stephens. Mi ci è voluto circa un giorno per leggere dall'inizio alla fine. Era la prima volta da anni che avevo un barlume di speranza che la mia vita potesse cambiare. Mi sono unito al gruppo Facebook di Gin e non ho mai guardato indietro.
A settembre 2017, il mio primo digiuno è stato di 16 ore. È stato più facile di quanto pensassi e ho continuato per un paio di giorni. Poi ho iniziato a pulire velocemente 19 ore al giorno. Fu allora che iniziò la magia. Dopo un paio di mesi, ho potuto camminare senza dolore e mi sono stati tolti tutti i farmaci antidolorifici. Mi è stato detto che i miei zuccheri nel sangue ora erano normali insieme ai miei enzimi epatici. Quando ho iniziato a pulire velocemente, mi sono sbarazzato della mia bilancia. È stata la decisione migliore che avessi mai preso. Invece ho preso le foto dei progressi settimanalmente. Ogni settimana ha mostrato cambiamenti. Faccio il digiuno pulito da circa 2 anni. Non ho avuto alcun dolore lombare, ho limiti di energia e pelle luminosa. A 56 anni mi sento e ho un aspetto migliore rispetto a quando avevo circa 30 anni. I benefici del digiuno hanno cambiato la mia vita! Sono incredibilmente grato!
Peso iniziale: circa 260 libbre, indossa una taglia 26 aderente
Peso attuale: non ne ho idea. Ho smesso di pesarmi. Indossa una taglia 12
Obiettivo: indossare una taglia 10 larga
Sara Walton Steele dal Texas
Come il gin, ho provato molte diete durante i miei anni da adulto dopo aver ingrassato dopo la nascita delle mie due figlie. Ho 5’3 “, 64 anni ed ero al massimo: 242 libbre. Ho iniziato l'OMAD (un pasto al giorno) il 19 ottobre 2018 e da allora ho perso 50 libbre. Sono rimasto stupito di quanto sia stato facile, e credo che sia perché non sono stato in grado di negarmi nulla. Amo i miei carboidrati e mangio dessert ogni giorno! Ho raggiunto un plateau negli ultimi due mesi, quindi questa settimana ho iniziato l'ADF (digiuno giornaliero alternativo), che è stato un po 'impegnativo, ma sta lavorando per spostare il numero sulla mia scala. Amo il mio nuovo WOL (stile di vita) con OMAD, che sarà il mio punto debole per la vita. Grazie, Gin, per un libro così facile da capire. Sono orgoglioso di condividere il mio successo con chiunque mi chieda come ho perso peso. Stiamo cambiando il mondo!
Sono quasi sempre stato in sovrappeso. Infatti, già all'età di 8 anni ricordo che mia madre mi mise a dieta e mi portò da T.O.P.S. incontri.
Al liceo ho perso un sacco di peso con la dieta, ma l'estate dopo il diploma e l'anno successivo ho recuperato tutto.
Nel 2000, il mio allora assistente principale mi ha fatto correre. Ho perso un po 'di peso, ma ho imparato che non importa quanto ho corso, non avrei superato la mia forcella.
Poi, nel 2006, ho seguito la dieta South Beach e ho preso fino a 128 libbre (io sono 5'8 '). Ma sono stato molto restrittivo sulle quantità e sui tipi di cibo che mangiavo e poi ho recuperato tutto il mio peso.
Nel 2011 ho fatto Whole30 per 3 mesi. Whole30 è stata la chiave per smettere di fumare da 5 lattine al giorno, ma la preparazione costante del pasto era più di quanto potessi sopportare.
Nel luglio 2017 ho iniziato ad allenarmi in palestra facendo boot camp piuttosto intensi. È stato in questa palestra che sono stato introdotto al digiuno intermittente. Ho pensato che suonasse da pazzi … Voglio dire, passare almeno 16 ore consecutive senza mangiare ?! Non morirei di fame? Che impatto avrebbe sulla corsa e sui boot camp? Mi ci sono voluti NOVE MESI per tuffarmi nell'IF e mi sono unito a un gruppo Facebook di donne a digiuno intermittente. Quel gruppo mi ha portato a Gin Stephens e Delay, Don't Deny.
Le prime due settimane le mie corse e i miei allenamenti sono stati una lotta. Ma poi … era come se si fosse spento un interruttore. All'improvviso la mia prestazione è stata MIGLIORE in palestra e nelle mie corse !!
Mi ci sono volute 8 settimane per notare una differenza nel mio corpo. Non ho mai pesato, quindi non avevo alcun peso iniziale noto. Ma i miei vestiti improvvisamente sono diventati meno stretti. E poi in più tempo si sono allentati.
Ad oggi sono scesa di 5 taglie di pantaloni e da una camicia XL a una media.
Tutto a causa del digiuno pulito.
Mangio ancora i carboidrati. Ho ancora il dessert (anche se cerco di non farlo spesso). Non c'è cibo proibito. L'unico limite di questo stile di vita è il tempo, limitare il numero di ore in cui consumo il cibo.
Può essere davvero così semplice ?!
Sono qui per dirti che lo è!
Non più “Fat but Fit”!
Ho iniziato IF quasi sette mesi fa. Mi stavo avvicinando ai 60 anni. vecchio e mi ero rassegnato a essere “grasso ma in forma”. Non riuscivo a perdere peso e a tenerlo fuori. Dopo che il mio medico mi ha detto che ero prediabetico, ho capito che dovevo provare un approccio diverso. Ho cercato su YouTube e podcast e ho trovato Gin e Dr. Fung. Ho anche imparato che ci sono prove che l'IF può aiutare con l'Alzheimer che è presente nella mia famiglia. Questa era la spinta finale di cui avevo bisogno per iniziare. Durante questo periodo, sono stato licenziato dal lavoro. Normalmente, sarei andato direttamente per i biscotti e i brownies, ma questa volta ho avuto il controllo e non ho pensato loro molto. Ho iniziato con un 16: 8 e ora faccio circa una finestra di cinque-sei ore. Dopo circa 10 settimane senza lavoro, ho ottenuto un nuovo lavoro migliore, ma ho avuto un grosso problema. Assolutamente nessuno dei miei abiti da lavoro si adattava – nessun pantaloni, abiti o camicie funzionavano. Sembravano sacchi appesi a me. Tutto quello che indosso ora è slim fit. Slim – un termine mai associato al mio nome da quando avevo 20 anni. Quindi, un avvertimento, se inizi questo stile di vita, potrebbe costarti un po 'in costi di abbigliamento. Sono passato da una vestibilità rilassata, aderente ai bottoni, jeans blu in vita da 40 pollici a una vestibilità slim da 34 pollici e sono pronto per passare ai jeans da 32 pollici. Ancora più importante, il mio livello di zucchero nel sangue è tornato a un minimo di 90 da 105. Inoltre, il mio esame del sangue mostra che i miei trigliceridi sono scesi da 236 a 112, il colesterolo è passato da 148 a 129 e il mio rapporto di rischio è diminuito da un alto rischio 5.3 a un normale 4.3 . Non credo di esagerare quando dico SE mi ha salvato la vita. Mia moglie, che ha il diabete di tipo 2, mi ha detto negli ultimi sette mesi che IF può funzionare per me, ma, come diabetica, non era per lei. I suoi zuccheri nel sangue sarebbero diventati troppo bassi. La scorsa settimana, ha chiesto al suo medico informazioni sul digiuno intermittente e sul diabete di tipo 2. Il suo medico ha detto che non vedeva un motivo per non provarlo, quindi sto aspettando con orgoglio che il libro in brossura di DDD arrivi oggi per lei.
Mia moglie mi ha chiesto se il digiuno intermittente è qualcosa che potrei continuare. Le ho detto assolutamente. Non sono privato, solo ritardato! Compio 60 anni questo mese. Peso meno di quando avevo 40 anni. La mia chimica del sangue è buona come quando avevo 35 anni. Grazie all'autofagia, non ho la pelle appesa e sono piuttosto in forma. Mia moglie dice che quando mi giro di lato, scompaio! Ho perso quasi 50 libbre. Ci sono state settimane in cui il mio peso non è cambiato, ma sapevo da DDD di mantenere la rotta e di fidarmi della scienza.
Sono cresciuto in sovrappeso. Ha preso un pedaggio sulla mia autostima e autostima. Ogni giorno è stata una lotta per me. Ricordo che andavo in chiesa ogni domenica con la mia famiglia e pregavo che Dio mi aiutasse a dimagrire. Questa era l'unica cosa che desideravo di più al mondo. Quando mia figlia è nata 7 anni fa, ricordo di aver fissato questa bambina perfetta e ho capito che volevo il mondo per lei. Non volevo che crescesse in sovrappeso come lo ero io. Ho deciso che il modo migliore per ottenere questo risultato era farlo da solo. Ho iniziato a fare lunghe passeggiate la sera con un vicino e mi sono iscritto a un club di produzione dove raccoglievo frutta e verdura fresca ogni settimana da un camion in città. I lost 50 pounds the first year. The second year I began to go out running and was amazed that I could do it. At the advice of a friend, I would go out for a walk, then make a goal to run to a tree in the distance. I would get to that tree and realize I could go further, so I would run to a sign I saw up ahead. I was able to lose another 10 pounds. My daughter and I had some hard times that year. Our lifestyle completely changed. The way I coped with the stress was through running. I ran every evening while listening to uplifting music on country hills. I was not going to allow myself to get depressed. I had to be a good mom and role model for my daughter and I was determined to show her how strong I was, and that we were going to get through this. She was only 2 at the time, but I knew I was making an impact on her. When I would go out for runs, she would want to come with me, running to get her shoes, she would watch out the window as I would run down the driveway waving, looking back I could see her face pressed up against the window. When I would return, she would run outside to greet me down the driveway and we would finish together.
It was around this time that I naturally began to intermittent fast. Not realizing it was a “thing,” I just naturally took the rhythm of eating a big breakfast, then lots of healthy foods for lunch. The evenings were when I was able to get my long run in, so I skipped supper as I did not like to go out with a full stomach. The pounds came off. I was able to lose another 30 within months. I have maintained my weight for about 4 ½ years. I have a healthy BMI and am not considered “overweight” anymore!!!
Last April I kept hearing about veganism and decided to do some research on the benefits of a whole food plant-based lifestyle. I thought to myself “There is no way I could go without eating meat and cheese!” So, I gave veganism one month. I was just going to try it since I read about all the health benefits. Well, that month has now turned into a year and I have no desire to return to a carnivorous diet. I feel amazing, and my blood work is perfect. This whole food/plant based/IF lifestyle is something I am willing to continue and am hoping that my story will help influence those that are struggling to give it a go themselves.
I was a fat child…not obese, but in the 1950s, an extra 20 pounds still made me the fattest kid in school. At nine years old, I didn’t understand why my lunch bag had a container of canned tuna and canned fruit while my friends got peanut butter sandwiches and cookies. I didn’t understand why my evening snack was an apple while my brother and parents each had three scoops of mint chocolate chip ice cream. Well, I did understand that I’d been put on a diet…I just didn’t get why it was necessary. And it sure didn’t seem fair. So, of course, I did what any good animal would do: I snuck food and ate in hiding at every opportunity. A dark movie theater was my favorite place to “get my fair share” without being judged, and to this day (I’m now 70), my most pleasurable eating happens when I’m alone, watching Netflix or reading a book.
When I was old enough to be interested in boys and care what I looked like, I assumed the responsibility for my own dieting. Through high school, I’d yo-yo between 120 and 135 (115 would have been ideal for my frame); in college, it was between 120 and 160. By the time I married at age 25, I was up to 200. It was the usual story. Get hooked on a particular diet, lose 30 pounds, get to the unsustainable point and gain 45. By age 34, I was up to 225 and feeling pretty desperate…didn’t seem like there was anything new to try. And then I learned about self-hypnosis.
Over the next three years, I used self-hypnosis to keep me motivated in a variety of diet and exercise plans. With aversion “commands” I totally gave up chocolate, Coke, and ice cream for three years. With continued hard work (I knew next to nothing about nutrition back then), I lost 90 pounds and kept the weight off for another three years and thought I had it made in the shade. Then my husband was diagnosed with cancer, and I stopped juggling. Over the next four years I gained 140 pounds.
A quick note about the self-hypnosis: I asked Dr. Doug Lisle what really happened during the s-h years since I wasn’t sure about its validity. He replied it got me started and invested into a self-reinforcing, self-esteem earning cycle. That kind of cycle can start anytime for any reason. “Once started, you can get into a positive cycle. The hypnosis isn’t the cause. The motivation to GO to the hypnosis was the cause. It went from there.“ Sounds remarkably similar to the positive cycles begun by intermittent fasting!
So. Four years into widowhood, I was 45 years old, still grieving, mentally squirrelly, and weighed 275 pounds. It was another three years before I woke up to the world again. I’d developed sleep apnea, lost my driver’s license for six months, and lost 20 pounds from all the extra walking to bus stops. That motivated me to start dieting again, and I was down to 240 pounds by the time I married my current Prince Charming at age 49. The next twelve years were about more and more diets. No more yo-yo, but I couldn’t get lower than 220 pounds. Everyone said it was much harder to lose weight as we get older, and I just bought into that.
Then, at age 61, I stopped eating animals. I’m an artist and was doing illustrations of adorable creatures…and something snapped inside. Practically overnight, I became a vegan. I immediately lost 20 pounds while I figured out what I could eat. Within a few months, I realized there were some astounding health benefits to my new lifestyle. My blood pressure and cholesterol plummeted enough that I no longer needed medication. Acid reflux disappeared as well. That encouraged me to start researching plant-based diets. At age 63, I discovered Dr. John McDougall (and several other plant-based physicians) and started eating high carb low fat. That’s also when I started following Dr. Douglas Lisle, psychologist, and learned the why’s and wherefore’s of so-called emotional eating. I credit these two doctors with saving my life and sanity. By age 68, I was down to 147 pounds…but couldn’t seem to get any lower. I wondered if that was going to be my body’s final resting weight. Oh, I could have sacrificed and severely dieted my way lower, but I was trying to get out of my diet mentality, not sink further in.
That’s when I FINALLY found out about IF. A diabetic friend had started fasting, so I looked into it. I read “The Obesity Code” and ran across “Delay, Don’t Deny” shortly after. Gin’s book advice sounded rational and doable…no need to alter what I felt was the healthiest diet for me. It took a couple months of trial and error before my body accepted what was going on. In the early days, I’d feel lightheaded and unable to continue. Several days later, I’d try again. I believe my third attempt was the charm, and my official start date was June, 2017.
Right from the start, I’ve only consumed distilled water during my 17-21 fasting hours. My average fast is 19-20 hours. My eating window is 4-6 hours. My food choices are still HCLF; that’s what my system seems to need. But with the DDD philosophy, I no longer agonize when I’m in a restaurant with friends, and low-fat food is not going to cut it. I LOVE the low-fat meals I make at home but haven’t found any low-fat choices remotely as wonderful in a restaurant. So, I merrily eat whatever I want when I’m out. And if I’m lucky enough to come across vegan cake on a menu, so much the better!
IF has brought me to 126 pounds at age 70.
Gin Stephens is one of my heroes, right up there with McDougall and Lisle. And Gin’s Facebook groups continue to be inspirational. This lifestyle might be the shortest span of my journey to date, but I’m reasonably certain it will be with me for the rest of my life.
“Eat ghee, it will give you strength and make your skin and hair shine!” advised my Ammamma (maternal grandmother), a spry little bird of a woman. She walked long distances, read scriptures and meditated everyday. She ground her own chutneys in a stone mortar, suspicious of electric blenders. She was healthy almost her whole life and beat cancer in her 80s. Ammamma knew a thing or two. But did I listen to her sage advice?
Spoiler alert: No, and I don’t even have a dramatic weight loss story to tell.
But here’s how IF proved my Granny right:
I was a slightly chubby kid, though not overly so, and became conscious of my weight by my teens. It didn’t help that I stopped growing at 5’3” and felt dumpy. The savoury dishes of Indian home cooking are usually drizzled over with ghee but I began to cut fat from my diet early on. That’s about when my granny gently berated me at the table.
You see, by then I was well into my undergraduate Science degree, studying Food & Nutrition, Physiology, Microbiology and Biochemistry, that taught me how food is metabolized. But my textbooks were written back in the 60s, and little did I know that those nutrition guidelines would soon be outdated. I ignored my Ammamma – after all what would she know, with only basic education and age-old knowledge handed down for generations, unproven by Science?
Fast forward to my 30s living in London, then Singapore. Married with two kids and happy in life and work, my weight slowly crept up. I firmly believed the CI/CO (calories in/calories out) method was the only scientifically proven way to lose weight. I exercised, ate no butter and no cheese, and used skimmed milk and low fat foods, believing these to be the best choices. I looked at others my age struggling with their weight and thought, “It’s so simple; they just refuse to accept it!”
The traditional postpartum diet of my culture dictates a new mother is fed iron-rich whole foods, healing herbs, a LOT of ghee – and nothing after sunset (time restricted eating with circadian rhythms and fat for satiety anyone?). I disregarded Ammamma’s traditions and shuddered at the calories – there would be no liters of ghee in my house. I didn’t need all that nasty fat! I shed some of the weight from both pregnancies but gained stubborn belly fat that endless sets of stomach crunches couldn’t shift.
Meanwhile, I found running in 2003 and truly enjoyed it, training almost daily, completing 5 half marathons over the years and successfully managing my weight with it. I’d brag to friends that I never diet, and run so I can eat and drink whatever I want, whenever I want. And I did. The metabolism of my 30s made it possible.
But by age 44, my brag wasn’t true anymore. Changing hormones brought new truths that I was loath to accept. Every trip back to India, I would enjoy the delicious food knowing I’d pay my dues on the weighing scale on my return. More running used to work, but now my weight refused to budge. My belly circumference went beyond the healthy range and I crept into an overweight BMI for my height. How could this be? I was eating 3 healthy meals, 2 low fat snacks and running frantically like a hamster in a wheel!
And so I tried to eat even less and move even more.
I had really never dieted before, but began to track calories and macros for the first time. I rejected Indian cuisine as the cause of my weight gain and ate “Western” food – smoothies, salads, grilled meats, egg white omelettes – healthy but unexciting to my Asian palate. Meanwhile my family enjoyed our customary rice and chapattis, dal (lentil stew), vegetables cooked in many ways, home made yoghurt, beneficial home blended herbs & spices – and ghee, all that glorious ghee.
I hired a fitness trainer, lost some weight, lost steam, gained the weight back and struggled solo. Then mid 2016 I hired another trainer who gave me a punishing exercise regimen and a strict “Reset” diet, stripping me first of coffee (oh how hard that was!) then dropping one food group per week – meat, sugar, fruit, grains, dairy and so on. By the end of it I wanted to unhire her, change my name and go into hiding. What little weight and inches I lost came right back after – with interest.
So this was the dieting everybody feared and hated all along! How awful!!
This trainer had included fasting in my regimen – two 24-hour water fasts a week. With little idea of protocols and no proper understanding of the science, unsurprisingly I failed miserably. I was starving, dizzy, cranky and weak. I lasted 22 hours the first time, 20 hours the second time and after that I just lied to her that I was doing it, but gave up completely. My first experience of fasting was a total disaster.
On New Years Eve 2017/18 I met a friend at a party in India. He used to be fit, toned and sporty and we’d exchange exercise notes. But after some sporting injuries, he’d let go of his fitness. I was still at it, but gaining steadily. He and I drowned our mutual weight woes over several drinks that night.
I met this same friend again in late February 2018 back in Singapore and was shocked at his 2-month transformation. He had leaned out, his belly was flatter and muscles visible again. He looked great; I was still struggling. Of course I demanded to know his exercise regimen! Turns out he had been practicing Intermittent Fasting combined with a Keto diet, and no, he hadn’t been exercising apart from walking his dogs a bit. I was stunned and began to do some research. I read up and finally updated my outdated knowledge of how the body metabolises food. I learnt from Dr. Sachin Panda that when I was eating was far more important than what I was eating.
So in March 2018, I began my IF journey. I learnt to build the hours gradually and it was so much easier this time. But I sipped a “fasting drink” with lemon, ACV and salt as per some videos I’d seen, believing I needed it to rehydrate and “turbo boost” my loss. I shed some weight, but my belly remained. I was battling the most frustrating 6-month plateau, still eating low carb, low fat and tracking my food when I finally found Gin’s blog. Everything she wrote about fasting made so much sense and I immediately read Dr. Jason Fung as per her recommendations. Once I joined the DDD Facebook group in October 2018 and read Delay, Don’t Deny cover to cover in two days, I cleaned up my fast, let fat back into my life and the magic began…
I followed advice from Gin and her team of moderators on the FB groups and the outpouring of moral support from others, to venture into OMAD and break my plateau. I lost all the weight that I hoped to, and a bit more that I never dreamed I could. I never thought I’d live to see my belly shrink before my eyes, but it has.
As I hit my one-year Fastiversary, I now dare to declare myself in maintenance. My body continues to change and recompose as my fat-to-weight percentage shifts downward. I am no longer shackled by exercise. I will always workout regularly because it makes me strong, energetic and flexible, but not as a weight loss tool and nowhere as frantically as before. The many NSVs continue to surprise and delight me. I feel like with IF, I can finally relax into myself.
The best part? I have returned to my home cuisine, which I enjoy eating with my family every night. My food has no restrictions – wholemeal grains and millet, lots of dal, nuts & seeds, fermented food, all kinds of fruit & vegetables, full fat yoghurt and cheese.
And I think of my dear Ammamma every time I drizzle a large spoon of delicious ghee over my food at the table, after so many years of denying it. My skin and hair is shining, just as she said it would.
Thank you Guru Gin and wonderful fasting family. You are all so far away from me but you finally led me back home.
Two Fasting Sisters!
I have to say I was so happy when my sister said she had sent in her story! I couldn't be more proud of her and her success with IF since November, but even more proud of her strength and tenacity over the last couple of years dealing with a rare lymphoma.
We were both so busy last year trying to get her through chemo (she went into the hospital for five days, every 3 weeks, for a total of 6 treatments) that our eating habits got out of hand. As she mentioned (below), they told her to eat whatever and whenever and that is exactly what we did. And because I adore her and she is my hero, I was there with her for every bite! LOL.
I went to Aruba last April (my “before” pic) and when I got back and saw my doctor on May 5th, I weighed 197. I was determined (yet again) to lose some weight. But I am post menopausal and I knew it could be tough so I asked my doctor if I could try Contrave to help. I started it and it did help a little but I knew I didn't want to take it long term and I didn't like the side effects. By early August I had lost maybe 8 pounds. Since there's a facebook support group for everything (LOL) I joined one for people who were taking Contrave. Someone mentioned IF and Dr. Fung's book. I read his book August 16th and 17th, started 16:8 on the 18th. Someone in THAT facebook group made mention of Gin and DDD and I read it the beginning of September. Gin's approach made so much sense to me and I began “delaying, not denying” and started to wean myself off the Contrave (doctor approved).
My sister noticed my success and asked me about it and I told her what I was doing and she seemed a bit skeptical. No way was I going to try to push her towards it with all she was going through but I knew she was miserable. 🙁 Then around the end of October, I went to see her and she said, “Ok, you need to tell me more about what you're doing”. And there you go. She started November 1, and I am so thrilled for her!! I don't really weigh anymore but I think I am down around 40 pounds and down from a size 14/16 and XL to 8/10 and sm/med.
We both feel so good going into this next phase of her treatment! You won't find two sisters who support and feel about each other the way she and I do. I “retired” last year so that I can be there for her every step of the way through this cancer. I live in Cleveland now (moved from Richmond, VA 3 years ago) and she is in Columbus. I am so grateful for the 2 hours drive since it used to be 7 hours from Richmond. I think my car could actually drive itself there.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read our IF story. I am eternally grateful to Dr. Jason Fung and Dr. Herring and so many IF pioneers, but my heart belongs to Gin and the DDD Facebook folks for the sense of community, love and support for this IF lifestyle. My dream is to take my sister on the next DDD Cruise to Cuba and make it a surprise trip for her. Until then, we will “fast on”, stay healthy and, God willing get her back in remission!
Might be a bit of a long story, but I felt the need to share. After a diagnosis of lymphoma in 2015 and a roller coaster ride of minimal treatments for stage 2, I progressed to stage 4 very quickly in February 2018. Needless to say, devastated was an understatement. So, after a very aggressive chemo therapy, remission came for 4 months along with a weight gain. Figures, most people lose weight with chemo. Not me. They said I needed to get calories in to keep my strength up so I did. Anything I wanted they said. So, naturally I felt very uncomfortable in my clothes. My darling sister who stayed with me throughout all of this, ate right along with me and gained too. She found IF, and after losing weight, and more importantly, feeling better, I was turned on to this concept BIG TIME. So I read Gin's book and Dr Fung’s book and dove in. From November 1 to February 1, 22 pounds are gone and I feel so much better and my clothes fit great. My remission didn’t last though, unfortunately. I suffered a recurrence and had to enter a clinical trial which lasted only a month before another recurrence around Valentine’s Day of all days. So, now to the present day. I have maintained my weight loss, IF lifestyle, and still feel as good as I can even with these challenges. Next week I begin a new course of aggressive chemo and after some research I have found some information about fasting and the effects it has on chemotherapy’s success. Turns out, without getting too technical, receiving chemo in a fasted state helps the cells react favorably to the treatment. Pretty cool, huh? As my title implies, my journey is far from over because I plan to use IF, my strong faith in Our Lord, loving support from my family and the courage to be around for a very long time! Thank you for letting me share my never ending story.
Bruce from Memphis
I have experienced and suffered from lower GI issues since I was in my mid twenties. At 25 I was told “you have the colon of a 60 year old.” I am now 59. I have always lived a healthy lifestyle and eaten a good diet low in processed foods. However, the colon issues persisted to a degree of requiring surgery. A week before surgery a good friend of my wife's insisted I go see a different doc prior to surgery.
He suggested we delay surgery and put me on a low residue diet. I lived that way for approximately 1-1/2 years, still experiencing attacks of diverticulitis. In April of 2018 my wife, who's in the fitness industry, came across intermittent fasting. She and I researched it exhaustively. I can't begin to tell you how may hours of Jason Fung we have listened to. Well, the results of IF have been life changing. Mind you, weight loss was not my driving force. It was overall health. However I lost approximately 15 lbs. I'm 6'2, 185 lbs.
Most importantly, I have not had one single attack of lower GI issues.
I currently use the 16-8 method. I eat my first meal at noon and close the window at 8:00 pm. I routinely stretch it to 18-6 several times a week. I had a routine physical a few months prior to starting IF. My numbers were all very good. I had to get a physical for insurance recently. ALL of my numbers had improved. Mind you, they were already good. I was at a sales meeting recently and someone I hadn't seen in approximately 3 years came up to me and said, “I didn't speak to your earlier because I wasn't sure that was you. You look so YOU. I remember you being older!”
I won't even get into how I am free of any joint pain as well. IF is the fricking real deal. This old dog learned a new trick and it has been a game changer!
I found Gin Stephens at the start of 2018 and was so inspired by the success stories on her Facebook group I ordered and read her book on my Kindle that week.
At 35 and a mother to two young ones, I was the heaviest I had ever been. I was what I would call a lifetime dieter. In fact, I used to be tiny….back before I started eating breakfast! Yep, my body knew what the experts didn't way back then!
I had tried Weight Watchers and keto as well as various exercise plans (all of which made me notably hungrier!) with no more than 10 kg (22 lbs) success before putting the weight back on again.
All of the success stories and research couldn't be wrong about fasting. I eased into 16:8 over a couple of days and by the 10th day on 16:8 I had lost 4 lbs. But more than that, I felt good. More energy, less bloating, and the heart burn I'd started getting most days had gone.
Over the following 3 weeks I lost 8 lbs and several inches, and I felt amazing. I increased to 18:6 as wasn't feeling hungry at 16 hrs.
It has been 10 months now. I'm down 37 lbs, my blood pressure is back to normal, heartburn gone, resting pulse dropped by 10 points, and I'm in my goal size!
I'm not at goal weight yet, but it doesnt matter for 2 reasons. 1st, the scales lie. They really do. The last time I wore this size I was 12 lbs lighter than I am now! The 2nd reason: I won't stop IF. This is for life. It works, I feel great, it's flexible, and it fits with whatever is going on.
I mostly do 20:4 now and prefer to have my window around 10 am-1 pm. I often open with some good cheese on crackers and some fruit, then eat whatever I feel like for lunch. My window is often closed with something sweet too…maybe a hot chocolate, maybe a yogurt or some chocolate!
I 100% clean fast, with water only (I don't drink tea/coffee).
I am such an avid supporter of IF as a solution to the worldwide health issues related to obesity that I now have a support group I set up in New Zealand and I teach all my patients about this way of life. I bought a hard copy of Gin's book to share with people and promote it as life changing because it really is!!! Thanks Gin!!!!!
Several years ago, I walked happily into my doctor's office seeking treatment for my cold/flu that I had for several weeks. Not a big deal. As my eyes met the doctor's, my heart sank. Right away, I knew that the words that would soon flow out of his mouth would be words of despair. As I felt the heart-breaking energy in the room, it happened. He announced in the same tone that he would a death that I was a diabetic. He went on to inform me that it was due to my weight.
I walked out of the office with tears in my eyes, yet not fully understanding what this truly meant. My lack of understanding was short-lived. Unfortunately, in the upcoming weeks, I was about to soon find out.
Almost instantly, my life changed for the worse. First I fell down the stairs and scraped both of my knees. Thought I had just tripped. Then I fell into a pond and my nail popped off. Thought I had just tripped. Then I fell randomly on the grass field. I was too dizzy to get back up. Again, thought I had just tripped. My daily bike riding came to an end because I just couldn't balance. At the mall, I couldn’t step on the escalator because I knew I'd fall. Sleeping didn't help, because I'd wake up gasping for air, unable to breathe. Regardless of my many falls and injures, I remained the happy-go-lucky person that I often am. Yet, it was different. I randomly broke into tears. By tears, I mean that I would fall to my knees and cry uncontrollably. For no known reason. This would happen almost every day.
It took me several months to realize that my diabetes was showing its TRUE colors. Yet, I was clueless to what my next step would be. My list of struggles was endless. Not only did I cry each day, but I made everyone around me cry as well.
Fearing I'd fall and get hurt or I'd randomly break into tears. I spent the next months wasting my time by watching TV and googling random things on the internet. I'm so thankful I did, because that was how I came across Gin's Facebook group. I joined the group to pass my time, thinking it would be a good waste of time. At that time, I didn't know that it would change my life.
I was welcomed by hundreds of people with open arms. My first post received over 500 reactions and over 200 comments with useful advice and encouraging comments. I was hooked. Not only to the group, but to fasting as well.
Within the first week of fasting, all of my medical issues disappeared. No lie. It really happened that fast. I had unbelievable sleep, I stopped falling all over the place and most importantly I stopped crying. I couldn't believe it. Oh, right. I almost forgot… seven months in, I lost 40 pounds doing 20/4.
I truly love Gin's book because the information saved my life. I truly love Gin's Facebook groups because when I was crying they welcomed me and cried with me. Soon when I started to laugh, they laughed with me. Gin and this group became my world. To them I will be forever thankful.
Thank you guys for having me.
In August 2016, I was starting my 29th year of teaching. The beginning of every school year is always very busy and I usually lose 15-20 pounds without really trying very hard, just from being very busy and not having time to eat. Having (probably) topped 250 pounds during the summer, and fighting with a host of medical issues such as chronic knee pain, Type II diabetes, and high blood pressure, I decided to really try to put that time of “easy” weight loss to work and see if I could make something of it.
I did a typical calories-in-calories-out and carb limiting diet up through the middle of October and did lose about 15 pounds. Sensing the end of the busiest time of my school year, I ordered an indoor trainer for my ElliptiGO bike and promised myself I’d use it every day to make the purchase worthwhile.
My trainer arrived at the beginning of November, and at the same time, a friend of mine told me about intermittent fasting, and specifically, a book called “Delay, Don’t Deny.” I was pretty skeptical but told my friend I’d do it with her. I ordered the book, and we actually started before we had even read the book using the tips from Gin’s Facebook groups.
Long story short: after 777 days, a first year of 20:4 IF and a second year of mostly <2 hour eating windows, I attained my goal of losing 100 pounds.
The stats: while I’m sure I exceeded 250 pounds during the summer of 2016, my highest recorded weight was 247 pounds in the previous May. I wore a size 22-24, or a 3X. I now weigh 147 pounds, and I wear size 3/5/7 jeans depending on the brand, a size small or medium shirt, and a size 6 or 8 dress.
If you had tried to tell me two years ago that I’d be able to ride my ElliptiGO up a 5,000 foot mountain, wearing size small biking shorts, I’d have just laughed and never believed it. Seriously, this has been the simplest way I’ve ever had success with weight loss in my life. Other than a couple of years in high school of “white-knuckling” I’d been obese my entire 50 years of life.
This feels completely sustainable to me. I have freedom from counting calories, points, and carbs. I have a healthy relationship with food—I’m not constantly thinking about it! I’m almost never hungry. I eat whatever I want during my window, and have a real dessert most days. I really did learn to like black coffee, and it only took about a week to transition.
Biggest lesson learned: if Gin tells you something, like don’t buy too many new clothes in size large because soon you will be in mediums or smalls, or maybe try delaying your desserts for a couple of weeks, you can fight against it if you want to, but in the end she will be right and you will wish you’d listened sooner!
A.R. and B.R. of Oregon
The photo on the left should've been a happy milestone. It was our twentieth wedding anniversary, and we were celebrating with a photo shoot complete with a stunning custom-made scarlet dress. But underneath those smiles, my husband and I were suffering from escalating health problems: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, crushing fatigue, chronic depression, pre-diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and more.
And then we found fasting. One year later, we decided to re-create our photo shoot to celebrate the twenty-first anniversary of our wedding and the first anniversary of our lifesaving health transformation. That’s the same scarlet dress, which my seamstress took in by twelve inches to fit my current body. Following the advice of Dr. Jason Fung and the supportive community led by Gin Stephens, we've lost a combined 232 pounds so far and watched all those health problems disappear.
Once we learned to speak the natural “fast and feast” language of our bodies, appetite correction sorted out our eating habits effortlessly. Fasting taught me that I was never a glutton weak in willpower, nor was I ever “eating my feelings.” My inability to stop eating–and to stop eating toxic garbage–before finding the fasting lifestyle was directly caused by the effect of insulin on my cells. As soon as fasting balanced my hormones, I appeared to have herculean control over food. But I've learned it's not about control, nor even food at all, it's about fasting's power to heal our bodies, change our relationship to eating, and prolong our lives.
For decades, doctors following outdated, misguided nutritional guidelines sent my husband and me into the battle for our health armed with nothing but a wet noodle. Then finally, Jason Fung and Gin Stephens put the sword of fasting in our hands. Thanks be to God.
Kim & Ryan Smith
The most common feedback we get from others is that they can't believe our transformation, that we are unrecognizable, that we don't look like the same people.
We don't feel like the same people, either. It's more than the 200 pounds we have lost. After struggling with food for decades (him since childhood, me since my mid 20s), we are finally FREE. We have gained and lost weight. We have tried numerous diets, separately and together. We struggled. We felt deprived. We gave up hope that there was a better way. During our 15 year marriage, we dealt with a lot of change in our extended family, our finances and our careers. Dysfunctional eating became the one stable constant in the center of our lives.
I found Gin's book, Delay, Don't Deny, in May of 2017 at a time when Ryan and I were following two separate diets, ones through which we'd both lost a fair amount of weight. I call it “semi-successful struggling,” because although these plans had taken weight off our bodies, we were still grappling with cravings, “cheating,” and ultimately, we were once-again starting to regain weight. We read the book, began clean fasting daily, and suddenly everything clicked. The fasting felt amazing, our food tasted delicious, and we could eat what we wanted. Eating in the same pattern helped us get aligned in many ways. The remaining weight melted away within months and maintenance feels so natural. We only delay, we do not deny.
We now live a life where the struggle is gone. The changes in us greatly transcend the physical. Peace and joy have replaced fear and angst – we truly feel FREE. Everything about our lifestyle now – the saved time and money, the freedom from cravings, the ability to eat intuitively and enjoy every bite of food – it all seems to too good to be true. But it isn't – it is true, it's real, and it is available for everyone who embraces the IF lifestyle. I am grateful to Gin and consider her a true mentor – not just with the weight loss, but in our new venture to write a book that tells this transformation story in full. You can follow our progress at www.fastingfeastingfreedom.com. Wishing you all a happy, healthy journey!
Amber from Indiana
I began slowly gaining weight around 10 years ago. I attribute this to a time of extreme stress which caused me to quit caring for myself physically. Prior to this I had always been what most would consider thin. It took a few years for the weight gain to become visible to others, and even then, most would not have considered it extreme. It wasn’t until about 2015 that it really became noticeable.
I rationalized my weight gain, however, and consoled myself with comparison to others. On occasion, I would encounter a picture that I was not able to throw out, and I would be confronted with the truth. I had gone from wearing sizes 4-6 to wearing 12-14’s at the height of my weight gain. I had no idea how much I weighed, as my scale had broken years before and I had never replaced it.
In the Summer of 2017 I made a trip to Bed Bath and Beyond and on a whim, I decided to step on one of their operating scales. Before I did, I guessed that at 5’ 7.5” that my weight would be in the 160-pound range. I knew that wasn’t great, but in my mind, I could justify it. So, I stepped on the scale and it said 188.8 pounds. I stood in the store in front of two other women and wept.
In a moment of clarity, I decided to get it together and buy the scale. I went home and had a total pity party. “How could this happen? When did this happen?” I knew the answer to both questions. I had done all of it.
The next day I got up and resolved to fix the problem that I had created. I was the only one capable of digging myself out of the hole. I began by just watching what I ate, walking every day, and focusing on healthy fats and portion control. It wasn’t long after that I began a HIIT workout three times a week. I lost weight with this approach, but an odd thing happened… I found that when I got up in the morning that I no longer wanted to eat breakfast. In fact, I resented being told that I must.
At some point on my Facebook feed I started getting information about Intermittent Fasting from various sources. One that I remember suggested that women should fast 12-14 hours, then have their first meal. I dabbled with that for some time and felt great doing it.
It wasn’t until November of 2017 that Delay, Don’t Deny: Intermittent Fasting Support showed up on my Facebook feed. I was intrigued and joined the group. Within a day or two I had purchased the book and read it in an evening. I’ve never looked back since.
Starting in November I began fasting 16 hours a day. I quickly within a couple of weeks went to 19:5 and then shortly thereafter went to One Meal a Day, or OMAD. It felt so natural and freeing. In the middle of December of 2017, my husband joined me in OMAD and we are still OMAD to date.
Prior to IF I had lost 19 pounds. Since I began IF in the beginning of November 2017, I’ve lost an additional 31 pounds for a total of 50. My husband has lost 30. In addition to the weight loss, both of us have a renewed lease on life and an appreciation for each other. I no longer have to pick my clothes based on what I need to cover up, but rather what I should showcase. At 48, that is a definite WIN. 🙂 My husband has found increased endurance for his physically demanding job as a builder at 57.
Neither one of us plan on ever going back to eating as we did before.
Intermittent Fasting is now our lifestyle.
Thank you, Gin for making this accessible and easy to understand! ❤️
I was one of those kids who could eat anything they like and still be skinny (I just grew taller instead, finally reaching 6’ 4”). I was also into many sports (swimming, tennis, football). In my 20s, I cycled to work every day (over 100 miles a week), which meant putting on weight was still never an issue for me. I was used to eating what I liked and as much as I liked and still being slim, but in my 30s when my son was born, I found I was too tired to cycle in to work, I would eat sugary snacks just to pep me up for the afternoon (which of course just meant I crashed an hour later and turned to more high sugar snacks…). I slowly put on weight but then took action (no unhealthy snacking at work) and slowly lost some of it again; until, that is, my daughter was born. Again, the sleepless nights with a baby caused a bad diet, eating to stay awake at work, too tired and zero energy, and no free time to exercise. I gained several kgs. I had always been between 85kg and 88kg (187-195 lbs) but I had gone up to 93kg (205 lbs). Not massive, but I felt I had no control. My thighs started rubbing together as I walked :o( . I thought there was no way ‘back.’ I had never been on a diet in my life and everything I had heard told me that “diets don’t work!” You end up weighing more. People told me that weight gain is what happens as you get older, as your metabolism slows you get the middle age spread, that’s life…but that’s not how I see myself, and that’s not how I want to be. But what could I do?
I have a biology degree so I began to read about the biomechanics of weight loss. I read about how hard it is and why people can’t stick to diets – I read lots about metabolism and sugar, ketogenic diets, and then about insulin resistance and fasting…. I watched documentaries and YouTube videos, which then led me to videos about fasting and the benefits. That’s when I came across intermittent fasting, I could still eat for 8 hours a day and lose weight, build muscle, heal my body, stop the all day sugar rollercoaster. It seemed too good to be true! I started slowly, just missing breakfast and having black coffee (yuk!!), then having lunch at 12 and eating normally, with dinner to finish at 8pm. In the first couple of months I had hard days and easy days but the more I did the clean fast the easier it got (and the more I learned to love black coffee) and the more I enjoyed it. I found Gin and Melanie’s podcast (www.ifpodcast.com) and then Gin’s book and her support groups.
I eat two meals a day (TMAD), usually in an 8 hour window, and sometimes as low as 5 hours. Getting the feeling of being in Ketosis and knowing I am burning fat, knowing I am in control of my weight, and knowing that I am going to be eating a large satisfying meal later all felt great. I eat so well: bread, beer, pizza, chocolate, ice-cream, hamburgers, steaks, cheese, pasta, bacon! But the longer I did IF, the smaller quantity of food I wanted, and the healthier foods seemed so much more appealing. I am now 1.5 years in, doing IF every day (well most days). I am leaner now than I have ever been in my adult life (82kg) I am in control and I love this way of eating. It’s so simple and easy to apply and I even love my black coffee! (Cold brew in the summer.) I have signed up for a triathlon this August, and I am learning about being a fat adapted athlete. I am looking forward to getting older, feasting on what I want and staying in great shape with ease. It’s all so simple: Delay, don’t deny!
Kela from SC
I did it!!!! Today marks my 365th day of IF and the first time in my life I've had the willpower to focus on my own health and happiness.
I'm 5'9″ and always been “big boned” with an obese/overweight BMI. My highest weight was 192lbs in October 2016 and I've lost less than 20lbs since starting IF a year ago. I've always weighed “a lot,” but that doesn't make it any easier to still have a BMI in the overweight range despite my commitment to clean fasting since day 1. For many, that small amount of loss would be a reason to quit.
I've spent most of my adult life in a size 12/14 weighing a little more than I do now give or take. I started IF wearing size 10 jeans. This past summer I bought all new clothes in a size 8. Now they are all too big. I had to buy smaller underwear for the first time in my adult life. Large t-shirts are too big on me for the first time in my adult life. That string bikini I bought as a joke…well, it's too big. I've run several races over the past few years and all my running shorts/shirts are too big. I'm just about ready to commit to size 6 jeans…but not yet. I'm no longer the girl who is “large” everything. I weigh less than what is on my driver's license…and we all know that was a lie from the start. I am no longer the “biggest” person when in a group of people. If you have been this person without fail, you know how painful that is. IF has healed some of the autoimmune aspects of my hypothyroidism. I really do look younger! THIS is why we don't quit. THIS is why we trust the process.
I truly eat whatever I want during my window. I am REALLY good at delaying, knowing I don't have to deny. During the work week, I pretty much stick to OMAD. During the weekends, I have more of a window. We went on vacation this summer where I stuck to my window and had no weight gain. We went to Disney for a week where I stuck to an extended window and had no weight gain. This holiday season was the most relaxed I've been this whole year and the couple of pounds I gained (and will lose by the end of the week) were totally worth it. This flexibility and not restricting what I eat has been what helped me be successful. I'm sure I could lose more weight with more restrictions, but I can promise you I would have quit a long time ago. Besides, people don't see my scale but they certainly see my figure. If only my face would get with the program and slim on up….
My food preferences have definitely been the biggest change since starting IF. I'm not opposed to cake and sweets but I'm not as dependent on sugar as I once was. I used to NEED something sweet after eating or I would get shaky. I struggled with hypoglycemia on a regular basis…but not once in the last 365 days, even when donating blood. I crave veggies and quality proteins. I started eating/craving real, quality cheeses for the first time in my life. The thought of wasting my one meal on fast food, boxed meals, or cheap sandwiches hurts my soul. When I do want sweets, I gravitate toward a specific taste rather than anything and everything in the pantry. Poor Little Debbie is lost without me. Despite trying everything, I haven't been able to adapt to black coffee so I open my window every day with a cup of sweet, creamy coffee as my own little “high five” for sticking with it.
I know this is long, but I hope this helps someone else stay the course. I've watching my mom diet since the day I was born. I grew up never knowing what full-fat salad dressings and non-diet sodas tasted like. I never understood why she couldn't love herself and see own beauty in the same way I loved her and thought so was beautiful. Then I became a mom and those little punks did to my body what I did to hers. It became very hard to feel worthy or lovable. I dabbled in Weight Watchers, counted calories once, and took ONE diet pill (no thanks) but could never commit because I knew they didn't work. I'd watched my mom lose and gain and lose and gain my whole childhood. She has willpower of steel and I knew I wouldn't be able measure up. But this….THIS WORKS. Maybe I haven't lost a lot of weight, but I have healed a very broken body and have patched up a very damaged soul. This was for me. I can say, without a doubt, IF has become and will remain my lifestyle.
I came across the Delay, Don’t Deny Facebook page when I started looking into Intermittent Fasting back in July 2017. I was finding it increasingly more difficult to keep the weight off, even though I was eating fairly healthily and was running twice a week. I went on to buy Gin’s book and it just made so much sense. I started doing 16:8 at the end of July just before I went on holiday for two weeks. The week before my holiday I dropped about 4lbs. I did a bit of IF on holiday and when I returned I started doing 20:4 every day. During September, I was trying to keep to a LCHF (low carb high fat) diet and then started to add more carbs in to my diet. I have been steadily losing weight and my measurements are down each week. When I started looking into IF I was a UK size 14 and now in December I am a size 10. I have lost 16 lbs. to date and feel great. The support from the Facebook group has been immense and to see so many others having success with DDD just keeps me motivated. I’ve started upper body weight training over the last four months, just twice a week and I love it. I often work out in a fasted state and I can see that my arms are shaping up and getting muscle definition. I can’t believe how easy this way of life is and thanks to Gin for all her support, knowledge and encouragement. I introduced both my husband and my sister to IF and they are having great success. I love the freedom it gives me and I no longer feel guilty about the foods I love to eat. I’m 47 and I’m back to being in better shape than I was in my 20’s. The DDD lifestyle is for keeps!
Morbid obesity plagued me for 15 plus years. I used every excuse I could to justify eating: celebrate, happy, sad, holidays, even the death of my mom. I even told myself I’m fat and happy. That was one of the many lies I told myself about my weight.
I complained frequently about my weight and a true friend suggested low carb. I made the decision to start after vacation in April, 2017. When I came home from vacation, I started immediately, and within a couple of weeks I started feeling less bloated. That, in and of itself, was very motivating. By June I was down 25 pounds eating 2 boiled eggs for breakfast, 2 for lunch, and a small portion of meat and green vegetables for dinner. I never cheated and I never snacked. I was and still am strict. In July I reduced my 2 breakfast eggs to 1 and replaced my 2 lunch eggs with a premier protein drink. By August I wasn’t hungry for breakfast so I started skipping it. I started doing some research and discovered intermittent fasting. I quickly realized I was fasting from dinner each evening until my protein drink at lunch.
Further research revealed OMAD (one meal a day). I stumbled upon Gin’s books and her Facebook group. In September I started OMAD. To begin OMAD, I simply cut out the lunch protein drink and suddenly I was living one meal a day, feeling so good and full of energy. I was instantly hooked. I lost 55 pounds eating low carb in 5 months and I’ve lost an additional 37 pounds doing OMAD for 2 months.
My goal was to just be normal, so I set a goal of 150 when I started my journey at 237 pounds. I reached that goal with low carb and OMAD. Once I reached 150 I reset my goal for 145. Once I reached 145 I reset my goal for 137. I’m 5’, and 137 pounds puts me in the normal category on the charts for my height. I have gone from women’s plus size 20 stretch pants and a 3xl top to size 5 jeans and small tops from the juniors department. I’m still reeling and sometimes I’m afraid it’s a dream and I may wake up fat. My husband has not joined me in OMAD, however, he eats low carb with me and has lost 46 pounds. We are happier as smaller people. It’s been a great journey for us together. My new found revelation of eating to live verses living to eat has changed my life. I’m healthy and full of energy. I’ll be 49 in Jan. of 2018 and I feel 30. If I had to say in a few words what I’ve learned from this journey it would be to listen to my body and trust the process of clean fasting. It’s given me my life back. #OMADNESS
Natasha of Trinidad and Tobago
Throughout my 30s I've had struggles with weight loss. I have tried lots of strategies, including the 1000 cal and HCG diets, diet pills, brutal exercise regimens….you name it, I tried it in my quest to lose and keep off-the-shelf weight. In the end I would regain all and more. Perché? Because I love food, would eat whatever…whenever, and have the stuff that I restricted in abundance once I reach my goal after dieting.
In February, 2017, I decided on a spiritual fast in order to adopt good eating habits. Yes, I sought God to deal with my problem. I decided that if my body is a temple of God, then I should treat it as such. I embarked on a stringent 21-day prayer and fast which started on the 1st day of the said month. During this time, I'd have no rice, flour, meat or sugar, and whatever I consumed I'd have before 6 am and after 6 pm each day. Nothing but water during the 12 hours. Most days I consumed just the evening meal due to work or being too lazy to get out of bed at 5 to prepare breakfast.
At the end of the 21 days, I had gone from 192 to 182 lbs. I was ecstatic, and that prompted me to look up the benefits of fasting. It was then I discovered what I know now as Intermittent Fasting. Yes, God answers earnest prayers. I watched videos on YouTube and read posts on different sites. One day I searched Facebook for Intermittent Fasting, and it was a pleasant surprise to find so many groups on IF there. I eventually decided on Gin's OMAD (One Meal a Day) group, and again, that had to have come from God, because I've seen posts by “professionals,” and frankly, they leave a lot to be desired. Finding Gin's OMAD group was the beginning of the end of yo-yo dieting for me. I had finally discovered a way to eat without denying myself the foods that I love and would binge on after denying myself for the sake of dieting for long periods of time.
It turned out that OMAD didn't suit my lifestyle, but 16:8 does. I eventually learned of the sister group Delay, Don't Deny, and that's my “sweet spot”. Almost supernaturally, I came into possession of Gin's Delay, Don't Deny book, and it was definitely a great help. I still refer to it sometimes.
I love that I'm no longer a slave to food nor the scale. Now losing is fun because it's effortless. My window opens at 8 am and closes at 4 pm because I love breakfast. By the way that's another advantage of IFing; it's adjustable to suit your schedule and RIGIDITY ISN'T NECESSARY!!! Hey, I swear by this “way of eating”.
I've never been able to do the normal diets – eating disorder since I was a teen (binge/purge), thinking that was a great way to lose weight. Didn't happen. For me, there were good foods and bad foods. If I ate the good ones, I was ok. If I ate anything I considered bad, I felt this overwhelming urge to get rid of it. The weight kept going up – every 5 pounds I gained, I wished I was where I'd been 5 pounds ago. I had short periods of lower weight while doing community theater, nightly walking my dog and jazzercise.I actually visited a friend years ago and saw she'd lost weight – she said she ate dinner only, whatever she wanted. At the time, that just sounded crazy to me and I dismissed it – wish I'd paid better attention.
I cleaned up my diet while doing some research on living on a food-stamp budget. Less eating out, more eating at home. Joined a co-op and started getting lots of fruit and vegetables to play with.
In the spring of 2015, I ran my first ever 5k and at the pre-race pasta party, Team World Vision was there and said they could take me from 5k to marathon in time for the Chicago marathon in October. For whatever reason, I believed them and signed up. I spent that summer training, along with some weight training to strengthen my legs. I thought all that running would HAVE to help me lose weight. I finished that marathon, very slowly. I only lost 10 pounds, which went right back on when I quit running.
In late 2016, I found IF (intermittent fasting) and OMAD (one meal a day). I remembered that friend I'd visited. I started in January 2017 at a weight of 172, wearing mostly size 14s.
I saw absolutely no loss per the scale for at least 3 weeks, but my belly was going away and clothes were fitting looser. I did a 72 hour fast and dropped 5 pounds, sat there for a while; another long fast with a drop, and sat there – but then my body seemed to start to learn what to do.
I generally use a 4 hour eating window but have had some longer ones when something comes up. I don't restrict because that would make me obsess. No journaling, because that would also make me crazy.
It's now September 2017. I wobble between 146-148, but my body looks completely different. I'm wearing anywhere from 4s to 8s in clothes. I'm sleeping well, my skin looks better, and I have tons of energy. I had a physical recently and the doctor said all my lab tests look great – my HDL was so high it offset my high LDL.
IF and OMAD gave me back my life, a life with confidence and food freedom.
Brian from California
I discovered this way of life almost by accident. A friend of mine started a keto diet, and I thought it might be dangerous for him so I started doing some research. Through the research, I discovered Dr. Fung's videos on YouTube, and discovered OMAD (one meal a day) soon after.
I was already doing the old calorie in calorie out diet (had just started) and thought “I can do this and it is much easier”.
I was at 265 lbs at the time (April 2017). I had what I thought was bad knees and hips due to old age and, though a pretty avid bike rider, would tire easily. I had quit wearing jeans after being unable to button my 42 waist and had switched to full time overalls.
Just a month in to OMAD, I went to an outdoor concert wearing the jeans I couldn't wear before, and was able to stand and dance like nobody was watching for 5 straight hours! Absolutely no pain at all in the knees or hips!
I quit weighing myself about a month ago (July 2017) and was down about 40 lbs. at that point. I currently am wearing a 38 waist jean and they are getting looser! I haven't felt this good since my 20s, seriously. I am no longer easily winded when I ride and have cut 5 minutes off of my bike commute to work! OMAD has been a miracle to me, allowing me to enjoy food (which I do) without guilt. No calorie, fat grams, or carb grams to count. If there was, I wouldn't do it. Period. I tend to be the kid who would be up the tree he was told to stay away from 5 minutes ago, and that inner rebel has persisted into middle age. Tell me I can't eat it and I will shove it into my pie hole while looking you right in the face, lol.
So, what do I do, you ask? I eat once a day. Period. I sit down to a meal, and when I am done, I am done until the next day with very few exceptions. What do I eat, you ask? Honestly, whatever I want. I have pasta, pizza, burgers, cheesesteaks, dim sum, Mexican food, Indian food, brats, salads, subs, steak and potatoes, etc. Nothing, and I mean nothing, is off the menu. The only rule is a clean fast. I drink a lot of coffee, water and mineral water during my fast times. Do I “cheat” ever you ask? Yup, once every couple weeks or so. Usually it is because of a social event (party, etc), but occasionally just because my body screams FEED ME! Now, I do not call that cheating. I call it living life. No guilt, because it is what you do most of the time that counts, not what you do only once in a while. My body is proof it's working!
Donna from Rhode Island
Note: “WOE” means “Way of Eating”
Delay, Don't Deny changed my life. I have been a lifer when it comes to diets. Calorie restriction and the latest diet craze became my way of life. I always lost weight rapidly but quickly lost my mojo. My husband and I have 2 beautiful grandsons (3 and 7). Looking into their eyes made me realize that FAT SUCKS and I want to be healthy for me and for them. Huge revelation right?
A friend told me about Gin Stephens and her DDD book. Bingo–a plan was made. I started with 16:8 but quickly switched to OMAD (One Meal a Day) with a 1 hour eating window. Amazing discovery–the weight fell off. I do IF every day, coupled with vigorous exercise 7 days a week. I keep my carbs to 20 grams and my protein to 20% of my intake. I follow a LCHF (Low Carb High Fat) plan and have dropped 75 pounds in 18 weeks. Bye, double chin and puffy cheeks. Hello, cheekbones. Love this way of eating. Thank you Gin for motivating me. The boys thank you too.
Hello, everyone! A little about myself. I am 54 years of age, and a stay at home mom and wife. I am married to an awesome man who is very supportive with this WOE (way of eating). I have a son and a daughter who are both married, and two grandchildren. Before my complete hysterectomy in 2006, I was 150 pounds. After the surgery, my weight went up. I tried many things, including spending my winters in the gym and eating low-carb meals, and denying myself all the foods I really love to eat, with very little success. As long as I kept on that plan I could keep a few pounds off, but as soon as I would stop going to the gym, the pounds would come back on. My thought was that I will never be that skinny again, so I need to learn to accept that .
Well, thank goodness my sister Katie introduced me to IF on December 27, 2016. When she explained this way of eating, my response was: no, that can't be. How can you eat everything you love and eat all those carbs and lose a lot of weight? Knowing my sister, she LOVES her salads and vegetables, and can pretty much live off of that stuff alone. I was very hesitant, BECAUSE I LOVE MY CARBS …. and I thought her weight loss was because of her love for salads and vegetables. My thought was, what can it hurt? The worst that can happen is I wouldn't lose weight .
I made myself a promise that I would give it an honest try for three months, and if I didn't see results I would give it up, so I dove right in and started with 23 /1. My starting weight ….. 180 lbs. At exactly 7 months later, my weight is 149 lbs. I wish I had taken measurements, but I did not. I can tell you that I am down in sizes: Dress – from a large to small or medium. Pants – from 12 to 8 or 6. Tops – from a large to a small.
Now, for all you people that have to sit and watch your loved ones eat lunch, I understand how hard that is, especially in the beginning. I would make an awesome breakfast and lunch for my husband and had to smell the food I was cooking, and then to sit there and watch him eat while I was sitting there with my cup of coffee … IT WAS TOUGH! There were times I wanted to eat, but kept going back to that promise I had made to myself. For the first month, when my eating window opened, so did the fridge and pantry door, and I would stuff as much food as I could get in my mouth, and as fast as I could while I was cooking supper … LOL … and it was all carbs and junk food. For me, after my first week of IF, I realized I had lost weight. I couldn't believe it! Yes, it was a lot of water weight I'm sure, but I continued to lose weight after that. That was all the motivation I needed to keep going, and I knew I would never give up this way of eating.
What has made this so easy for me is that we are 5 sisters all doing IF, so there is a lot of support, and we all encourage one another when times get tough. Our biggest supporter is Katie. Before we would give up or get discouraged because we didn't see a fast weight loss, we would call on her, and her response would be: trust the process. She would talk us through whatever difficulty we were having.
Before I started IF, I had no energy, and right after lunch I had to have a nap every day. when I started this way of eating I had so much energy (and still do) that I never nap anymore. My fasting is very clean: I only have water, black coffee, and green tea during my fasting hours. My eating window is usually an hour, though some days it ends up at 2-3 hours due to interruptions. When we have weekends away, I do lunch and supper with drinks, and go back to my one hour eating as soon as we get home; and yes, I will always put on weight during times away, but after a week I will be back to were I was. What do I eat? I eat all the food I love. All of my favorites, and that means a lot of carbs because … DID I SAY I LOVE MY CARBS? I do not care for a lot of sweets, so I do not have a lot of desserts. I have limited my alcohol during this time, but have had and still do have a few drinks now and again AND I DO NOT WORK OUT!!!!
My plan is to be 140 lbs. before I begin maintenance. I know I will get there, because I'm not giving up this way of eating … I AM A FASTER FOR LIFE! For me, the weight came off fairly fast for the first four months, but the last two months have been very slow. For all of you that think it will not happen or is not happening anymore, it will! Keep at it: it's a lifestyle change. All I can tell you is … DON'T GIVE UP! Nobody can take the weight off of you but yourself. Make a promise to yourself, and keep it. Something I heard a lot during this process from my sister is … TRUST THE PROCESS! So I am telling all of you to do the same. When times get tough, find someone you can talk to for support and help you through the hard times. For me, it was Katie and all my sisters. So, thank you, girls, for being there and helping me through this. I couldn't have done it without you!!! GIN said it best… I DESERVE TO BE SKINNY … that, my friends, has stuck with me. And for all of you that are struggling, tell yourself you want to be the next success story … I can't wait to hear it!!! Thank you, Gin, for sharing your success story, and thank you for all the research and hard work you are doing for all of us and for sharing this awesome way of life with all of us.
Before and During!
I've been trying to lose weight for the past 20 years. I've tried pretty much every diet out there. Spent about 10 years trying and failing at Carb Addicts Diet and Atkins. I just thought I was an utter failure because I couldn't stay away from the carbs. I felt horrible when I was sticking to low carb as I should be. I was pre-diabetic, had high blood pressure, and was starting to have trouble just getting around. My highest weight was 299. I lost and regained the same 50 lbs over and over and over again. I had pretty much given up hope and resigned myself to just being sick and fat forever when for some reason the OMAD (One Meal a Day) Facebook page was advertised on my feed. I checked it out and then purchased The Obesity Code and read it in one sitting. I didn't think I could do the long fasts like Dr. Fung talked about in the book so I pretty much put it away. The next day out of curiosity I went back to the OMAD page, read Gin's book, and decided what do I have to lose, and I tried it. 7 months later I'm down 55 lbs in total. My blood pressure is normal, my A1c is normal, and I feel great! First time I've ever in my life felt in control around food. And I eat anything I like even CARBS! 😀 I've never ever stuck to anything this long. I intend to do it for the rest of my life. <3
100% faith in Delaying, not Denying, & I am proof of its success!
Today marks one month of intermittent fasting for me!! I have lost 16 pounds and a couple inches!
I was very fortunate to have always been a healthy weight most of my life. I just turned 34, and after having baby #3, I also got diagnosed with Hashimoto's about a year ago on top of having a baby. This really packed on the pounds for me.
I have never had to worry about food. I've always been able to eat what I wanted, as much as I wanted and when I wanted and never gained an ounce. If anything, I would lose weight. It was awesome. This gave me an excuse to love food even more. I loved me some Big Mac meals and lots and lots of soft drinks and high calorie sugary Starbucks drinks. I had no self control and would eat like a pig to my hearts content and still manage to wear a teeny bikini.
Fast forward to present day –if I do so much as even look at a Snicker's bar, I gain ten pounds. So, imagine how hard it is for someone who has become addicted to fast food/junk food/sugar and never had a limit….then now, where it's almost as though I'm coming off of a drug, like I'm legit rehabbing! It's really freaking hard!
I have tried hundreds of diets and have failed every single one of them!! Dieting is hard! It's not practical and it's boring! Not to mention, pure punishment!
I found the Facebook group, and thanks to Gin Stephens and her amazing book, I have fallen in love with DDD (Delay, Don't Deny) and OMAD (One Meal a Day)!!! It's the BEST thing that has ever happened to me!!
In 30 days, I have lost 16 pounds and 2 + inches. My skin is clear and glowing. The only cravings I get now are to exercise and I legit LOVE my coffee black now!! (If you would have told me a month ago that in 30 days I'd be drinking my coffee black, I would have laughed in your face!) I have complete control over my appetite by enjoying large scrumptious meals, sometimes a plate of nachos or pizza, sometimes a spinach salad. My body tells me what I need and how much of it I need, when I need it, and the best part of all, my body now tells me exactly when to stop eating. I no longer stress about food all day, I don't worry about calories and I've saved a bunch of time and money by switching to OMAD.
The family members and friends who were stoning me for doing IF are now asking me for my guidance to start this way of eating.
I have never felt more in control of my life and I have never felt more healthy than I do right now! If you aren't DDD'ing, then you really don't know what you're missing out on!! This is my new life. I will never go back!!!
I started dieting in 1968 when I was 14 years old. I have counted calories on various diets. I've counted carbs on the Marine's Diet when I was 18, then later on the Atkin's diet and recently on the New Atkins diet. I have counted points on the Weight Watcher's Diet a couple of times. Plus there have been many fad diets I have tried. I have always lost some weight only to gain it all back and then some. I discovered intermittent fasting last summer and started doing it every day on August 1st, 2016. I fast 19 -22 hours every day and have a 2 to 5 hour daily eating window. I've lost 41 lbs so far and 8 1/2 inches in my waist. There are no words to express how happy and thankful I am now. I no longer count anything. I'm 62 yrs. old but feel like I'm 30. I take no medication, sleep like a baby and have so much energy that sometimes I don't know what to do with myself. I will live this lifestyle always!
Here is a little story of why I'm so thankful for this way of life. In January, I began the task of seeking weight loss through bariatric surgery. I had tried everything. Diets failed, didn't have time to work out, and my body ached all the time. I had diabetes and hypertension.
A friend at work started telling me about fasting and how wonderful it was. I started researching to prove him wrong, and I couldn't. Bought the books, decided to give this a try and see what happens. My surgery was scheduled for July 20th. I had to attend 6 meetings with the dietitian, meetings with the physical therapist, meetings with the doctors. Insurance wants to see if you are serious about weight loss, so you have to lose some kind of pounds for them to approve covering the cost. I did everything expected of me.
I started at the end of January – beginning of February with IF. Moved to OMAD (one meal a day) at the end of Feb. I have visited Paris, Chicago, Chattanooga and eaten a lot of food for my one meal a day. I have gotten so much energy that I have stopped our lawn service as I cut the grass now. I have stopped paying for car washes since I wash my car and the wife's. I stopped paying for a gym membership as I have an exercise bike, free weights, and a bunch of work to do at home. So, if getting healthy is about a lifestyle change – this has definitely changed the way I live and my mentality when it comes to food. I tend to look at food more as fuel and not a task I have to complete (“eat everything in sight – you are hungry Brian!”).
Today was my final visit with my dietitian. Being down 38 lbs since I started, I have decided to cancel my surgery. I have until the end of the year to change my mind, but …. if I think about it, the lifestyle I live now is working and well worth it. I have improved my life for the better. My house looks good, cars look good, I look good, bank account looks good (not spending a lot of money on food). My blood sugar is now in the range of pre-diabetes. My body feels cleaner, not getting pains and aches I use to get. I am not at my goal weight, but I am at at my goal mindset – it's okay to love food, but don't let it control you; become an active member in your life and stop being lazy; and enjoy the life you live.
Many thanks to Gin and everyone in the OMAD FB group. It feels as if I've been reborn. I know I may not lose as fast as some, but all things considered, the future looks amazing. I wanted to reach my goal weight this year, but it may take another year and that's perfectly fine with me. Life is about the journey and not the destination, so I'm letting the window down and enjoying the breeze, knowing I'm on the right path to success!
I've struggled with my weight for my whole life. I just kind of dealt with it until I was in 8th grade, at which point I decided to jump on the low-fat trend that was so popular in the early 90s. And it worked! I lost 80 pounds, rejoiced at the fact that I was finally thin and “normal,” and then promptly put it all back on when I went back to eating “normally” again.
The weight slowly crept up and up over the years. I went up and down here and there. I tried exercise and various fad diet plans, with minimal success, and ultimately I found myself at my highest weight of 273 pounds in 2015. In fact, I don't even remember being that heavy (I think I blocked it out), but I know it's true, because it was logged into my fitness tracker at that point.
I started out my current weightloss journey doing a low carb/ketogenic diet in the spring of 2016. I had heard about keto from a friend who touted it's effectiveness. I read up on it, and started eating that way, and it was indeed effective, but I couldn't shrug off this feeling that I was still a slave to my weight. Sure, I could eat all the bacon I wanted, but I couldn't feel free to celebrate with a piece of birthday cake with my family, or a glass of wine with friends. I had this constant anxiety that one molecule of dreaded carbs would erase all my hard work. I could never feel totally “normal” eating low carb. It wasn't a feasible lifestyle change for me, because it didn't fully allow me to live.
Luckily a friend of mine (the same friend who introduced me to keto, actually) told me to look up Intermittent Fasting. I did a little research online, which lead me to Gin's site and Facebook group. Before interacting at all in the group, I purchased her book, read up, and then got started. It's been an absolute game changer. Not only am I slimming down with ease, but I have incredible energy and confidence, my cravings for unhealthy foods has greatly diminished, I drink tons of water, and I no longer have anxiety about eating with other people. I no longer have to worry that I won't be able to find something I can eat at restaurants or parties. I no longer have to limit the types of meals I can make with my fiancé (bless his heart, he gave up a lot of yummy carbs at one point in time). Intermittent fasting has truly given me something I never thought I'd have: Freedom!
I am currently at my first goal weight, having lost almost 100 pounds! The next step is to keep on being an awesome IF'er, hit the gym to get svelte, and keep spreading the word to others who are struggling with their weight! This is a lifestyle everyone should be aware of. Thanks, Gin!
Sharon H. From North Carolina
My journey for me started last summer. I was at our pool when I started talking to a friend about losing weight. She told me about intermittent fasting…I listened….being very skeptical. She said I will add you to this group on Facebook. I started reading up on it and thought to myself what do I have to lose!! So on July 13th I woke up and weighed myself…235 pounds!!! That was my starting day. I wrote my weight on the calendar and grabbed me a bottle of water. I jumped straight in with my five hour window being from 4 to 9. The only major thing I did was quit drinking sodas. I still drink my sweet tea but only in my window. I drink strictly water until my window opens. I still eat whatever I want!! Cheeseburgers, pizza, pasta and chocolate!! Now I don't eat as much as I used to, but I still get too enjoy my favorite foods…..which is absolutely wonderful!!! This way of life has been the best thing to ever happen to me!! Now my weight didn't drop right off in a couple of weeks, but since July 13th until now I have managed to lose 95 pounds!! Which still shocks me…..it has seemed way too easy! I haven't deprived myself of anything I enjoy eating!! I am 42 years old and feel better than I did when I was 30!! My body doesn't ache anymore, I am not tired all the time and I feel great about myself!!
My One Meal a Day Intermittent Fasting Journey started on January 3, 2017. On New Year's Eve I was at 283 pounds, had high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and elevated enzymes on my liver. I felt bad and was tired of being me.
I always noticed how I was never hungry naturally until around 2pm everyday, so I decided I would try eating just dinner and also starting looking to see if anyone else did something crazy like this to lose weight and get healthier.
I found Gin's book through a search on Facebook and joined her page (which I love) and the bought the book Delay, Don't Deny. After reading it and following all tips and directions I began to change, and change for me came fast. Now only 3 month later all of my blood work came back normal last week! I am down 37 pounds and plan on dropping 35 more. I have a new way of life; it happens once a day.
My testimonial is lengthy so if you prefer the cliff notes version: I was 235 lbs. in 2008 and 180 lbs. today in 2017; 25 lbs. of the loss is 100% attributed to intermittent fasting and one meal a day, which occurred over a two month period. I have never known such an effortless way of eating which adds countless health benefits and a new relationship with food.
Now for those who wish to know more, here we go. In 2004, I ended a 20 year relationship with the love of my life: Crystal Methamphetamine. As is the case with many recovering addicts, I replaced one addiction with another, food. Between 2004 and 2008 I went from 185 lbs. to 235 lbs., for a total of 50 lbs., all of which was fat. Not only was I looking horrible, but I began to have G.I. issues; it was time for change. After some soul searching, the first thing I did was become vegetarian in 2008. This was as much for animal welfare as it was for my health. I still wasn’t eating properly and it would take some time before I stopped consuming processed fake meat products, which are filled with soy and a ton of multisyllabic chemicals, as my primary source of food.
In 2010 I watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead and incorporated juicing into my diet. Juicing helped me not only to lose about 10-15 lbs., but I also learned to enjoy the taste of fresh fruits and vegetables. After about 6 months of juicing, I decided to stop wasting so much food and just eat the whole thing; I was throwing away all the nutrient rich fiber and pretty much just drinking sugar water. Now I was preparing my own meals made from fresh produce, but I was eating 3-4 times a day. At this point I was introduced to a program that eliminated all flour and sugar from my diet. This was by far the most painful and restrictive program I had ever encountered. I had great success with this but as time would prove, it was unsustainable. I found a post from Facebook 2012: “Target weight of 180 reached today! Highest weight was 235. Bounced between 218 and 235 for several years. Last year cut out flour and processed foods and sugar; the past five months I've been on a mostly vegan diet; cutting out the dairy really helped as well as a s### load of exercise.” So reaching 180 lbs. I had become vegetarian on a mainly vegan diet and had also eliminated all flour, sugar and processed foods. I remember 2012 and 180 lbs. as being jubilant, but also that it was such an arduous process and I certainly was never satisfied with the food I was eating and always seemed to be hungry. I was exercising for 90 minutes a day at the gym; to reach this point was a huge effort and in hind sight, destined to fail. As with all calorie restricting diets, this was completely unsustainable and within a year I had binged on flour and sugar to the point of reaching 200 lbs.
This is when I learned about Intermittent Fasting from Dr. Joseph Mercola’s Facebook page. I loved the science behind this concept and in 2014 implemented a 16:8 schedule which I eventually dropped down to a 19:5. By June 2014, I reached an unprecedented 177 lbs. by keeping a five hour window, but I was also denying myself any processed sugar and I was eating a lot of raw vegetables; again not very satisfying or sustainable. July 2014 my husband underwent brain surgery and I took off time from work to care for him. At this point IF flew right out the window and I returned to the dreaded 3 meals a day. Slowly, at first, 5 lbs., 10 lbs., 15 lbs.; the same pattern emerged so that by spring of 2016, I had reached 205 lbs.
By December 2016 something finally began to shift in me. I don’t remember where I first ran across the idea of one meal a day, but I started watching some YouTube videos on the idea. Then on December 24th I told my husband what I was considering doing and asked for his support; he gave it without question. Christmas Day 2016 was my first attempt at one meal a day. I chose a one hour window between 10:30am and 11:30am. At work, there was a Christmas dinner for all employees which was difficult, but I passed; day one was a success! After finding that I didn’t wither away from starvation I decided that if I were going to attempt this as a lifestyle, I would need to establish this as a habit: I committed to OMAD for 30 days. This proved to be a wonderful tool and I recommend to all beginners to commit to a time frame to establish this as your new normal. This is also when I searched Facebook for a community of likeminded people and fortunately the first group I found was Gin Stephens' group, One Meal A Day IF Lifestyle. For a former twelve stepper who is not very fond of groups, this group has made all the difference in the world and is a huge part of my success. I have never known such a supportive and inspirational group of people. After being part of this community for only a few days, I decided to purchase Gin’s book: Delay, Don’t Deny, which I found to be an excellent book especially for someone just beginning this lifestyle. Today I am 5 pounds away from an arbitrary number of 175 lbs. I’m not sure what my actual weight will eventually be; I’m waiting to see what this body decides. Every day I am learning to listen to this body because it knows exactly what it needs and how much it should weigh. There truly is no reason I can find, not to continue this lifestyle and way of eating; there is so much freedom and empowerment with this way of life. February 14, 2017
I am a mother to 3 young boys. Before I had children I had always struggled with my weight and I was what people call a yo-yo dieter, putting on weight and losing alternatively within months. I had 2 children 15 months apart and my weight rocketed. I was introduced to fasting through the 5:2 diet and lost about 30 lbs. Then, I came across intermittent fasting: One Meal a Day and Fast-5. It was a concept I thought I could follow after researching about it all.
Just before starting this new way of life I found out I was expecting my third bundle of mayhem and mischief. During my final pregnancy I put on over 4 stone (56 lbs.) and that weight wasn't going anywhere after having little man. 3 months after my son's birth I decided enough was enough, and I found Gin's page. I thought, “Let's go for it!” Although I am a very quiet member of the Facebook group, I am on it daily. The support has been amazing.
I started doing IF, and now just over 2 years later I am over 68 lbs. down and only 5 lbs. away from a target that I haven't hit for many many years. I truly believe IF is what has got me there. Friends and family have always been skeptical, and of course I hear the usual remarks of “starving yourself” and “it's not healthy”. I now just let them have their opinions, but no one can deny after seeing my before and after that it doesn't work.
I feel so blessed to have found this new way of life. Some days are harder than others, and when life throws you a curve ball you have to resist falling back to old habits. I know I feel healthier, sleep better, and have more energy. I am actually starting to enjoy seeing my reflection again in the mirror, and not avoiding them at all costs, which is what it has been for the last 5 years