Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Intermittent Fasting Update: Week 5

I know, I know.. I've been terrible about keeping up with my blog lately. These few weeks have been pretty busy, but hopefully things will calm down soon.

So, I know you're all just dying to hear about my results from Intermittent Fasting ("IF"). I started this experiment on May 1st and have been keeping up with it pretty well ever since. Basically, I eat normally four or five days out of the week (several of these days have involved pizza, ice cream, etc.) and then fast for the remaining two or three.

Common sense dictates this wouldn't have a huge impact on my weight if I'm still eating whatever I want on non-fast days, right? Well, apparently common sense is wrong.

Since I started one month ago, I've gone four weeks with incorporating roughly 11 fast days interspersed throughout. On fast days you actually are allowed to eat, but you have to keep your daily intake under 500 calories. And as it turns out, the more you fast, the more you a) enjoy fasting, b) don't feel hungry, and c) can go longer without food.

Surprisingly, I actually have to FORCE myself to eat on the non-fast days. You would think that, given free rein to eat whatever I want on "feast" days, I'd totally pig out. But I really just don't have the desire to do that. I've started making a conscious effort to take in more calories on the non-fast days, and by being conscious about what I eat.. I've been able to choose foods with more nutritional value.

My hairdresser hadn't seen me in eight weeks (damn straight I get my hair done every six to eight weeks.. it takes work to keep this mane looking fabulous), and when I saw her yesterday she commented on how much weight I'd lost. It's nice to have people who KNOW you're on a diet to comment on your progress, but for someone who didn't even know I was trying to slim down to say she could tell that I'd lost "a lot of weight".. that's just proof in the pudding (so to speak) that I'm on the right track. She wanted to know what I was doing, so I laid out the IF diet plan for her, and she dismissed it automatically with "oh, yeah, I could never go without eating".

It's such a shame to hear so many people look down on fasting without giving it a try or understanding the positive effects it has. I'm so tired of people saying I'm going about weight-loss in an unhealthy way or that I'm just going to "gain it all back" when I go off this diet. First of all, I'm not starving myself.. fasting is a healthy way to cleanse your body, trigger the fat-burning process, and re-adapt your mind to understand your poor eating habits. Also, I don't plan on quitting this "diet" anytime soon. I'm going to keep on losing the weight until I hit my goal, and then I plan to maintain my weight by fasting only one day per week.

For those who are still curious about this whole thing, this documentary, called "Eat, Fast, Live Longer", was the one that spurred millions to start living the intermittent fasting lifestyle, and by proxy almost everyone who has adapted to this way of eating has lost weight, decreased their risk for stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancers, improved their cholesterol, improved their cognitive function, increased their energy, obtained better sleep habits, and have just improved their quality of life overall. If you don't want to attempt something you believe to be so drastic (I can assure you, it's not), I understand. But the documentary is one of the best I've ever seen, and it's worth a watch. It has absolutely changed my life, and that's not something I say lightly.

Anyhoo, on to the RESULTS! I'm in my fifth week of IF, and so far I've lost 10 pounds. Since a healthy weight loss is 1-2 pounds per week, I'm doing pretty well for myself! And to think that the majority of the weight I've lost is pure fat.. that's just unbelievable. Ten pounds is equal to two bags of flour. Good grief, that sounds like a lot!

Unfortunately, I never took my measurements before beginning this experiment, but I can tell you that my clothes certainly fit better and people are beginning to comment on the recent changes in my size. I'm documenting my weight loss with pictures, which I'll post throughout my updates.

Have any of you ever lost weight by altering your eating habits? If so, have you been able to keep the weight off permanently? I'd love to hear about it!

1 comment:

  1. This is awesome! I have been thinking about doing something like this. Right now I am working on switching my "food lifestyle" to a more clean eating lifestyle. Meaning - more fresh juice, eating a more vegan diet, and cutting out all gluten. I started this on Sunday and so far so good - it's easier than I thought it would be. However, I do miss my creme brulee coffee creamer.