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Intermittent Fasting

Friday, March 27, 2015

I told myself that I would NOT write about this until I did it for a full 30 days! LOL!

And here I am at 15 days writing about it.

I read the book the 5:2 Diet. (fast 2 days with 2 meals 500 cal every 12 hours, and eat "normal 5 days) I had seen the documentary on pbs.

I have always had long periods of time between meals. I like that. But then stress comes and those long stretches are mingled with nibbles of things that aren't healthy. Things that are not LC for my Type 2 and aren't real food.

I got to the point that doing a fast for blood work (12 hours) was nearly impossible for me. I wondered how that happened? Why was it so hard for me to go without food for 12 hours every 6 months??!!

I wasn't sure I could do this. I started my 12 hour fast from the book and my 500 cal. suggested meal- only mine was higher fat.

I went to his website to find more info. On the forums I saw the 8:16 fast. Hmmm. I liked that. Because you eat 8 hours and fast 16 hours.

At first I thought wow I'll really drop the pounds now! LOL!
It ended up that no, the pounds don't come off faster. My calories hover around 1400. And my carbs about 50, because I love oikos zero yogurt. So the weight is 1- 2 pounds a week. I'm fine with that. :o)

So why do I stick with it?

I really like it. It takes 99% of my cravings away!
Since I have a large quantity of time that I tell myself I can't eat, I have to keep busy doing other things. I get more done.I find when it is time to eat I find I fill up quickly. I need less food. I don't count calories, I do count carbs.

Yes it was quite challenging in the beginning. But nothing worthwhile is ever easy. The first few days I had so much energy I could barely sleep. Now I sleep beautifully, better than ever. I need less sleep. And I wake easier.

This could be it! :o) My body is definitely responding well. And I find it livable which is the most important thing.
On Fridays when we have our Family Friday dinners I do break my fast early, but make sure I only eat real food that is low carb and high fat. or I can just move my 8 hour eating window around to include dinner. :o)

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  • JIBBIE49
    If you go to YouTube and listen to the lectures of Dr. Mercola he is strong on using Intermittent fasting. (He is a medical doctor)

    I learned so much from Richard Bernstein M.D. who has lectures on YouTube as he wrote THE DIABETES SOLUTION. 95% of his patients are Type 2 diabetics. He uses a low carb diet. He is a really interesting man. He's 80 and so healthy but he has had Type one diabetes since he was a boy.
    2052 days ago
    We were stationed in Spain '79 thru '82. There was a group of wives who came from the UK originally and started a support group for a program similar to this one. I think this program has been around for a long while. emoticon
    2077 days ago
    I'm an IF-er too, and it's nice to be around others.
    I try to do the 5-700 cal/ day for a couple days a week.
    It's amazing all the healthy food that covers.
    I wish you the best, and I do think IF can be a lifelong plan.
    2078 days ago
    Thank you. I am going to give this a try!
    2078 days ago
  • SHEL_V2
    Great to hear how this is going for you. I don't have your luck on cravings, but a simple fast plan makes it easier for me to say no to snacky ideas. Eating diligently low carb means I'm not ever dealing with blood sugar roller coasters, anyway.
    2078 days ago
  • JAROL7
    It won't kill you but the question is, "Can you live like this the rest of your life?" That is the answer you are looking for. You need to find a way to live the rest of your life that is healthy. Good luck with your plan.
    2078 days ago
    Fantastic! It is always a good thing when one finds the plan that works for them...sounds like you've got it! How wonderful that your sleep has gotten better as well. I am so glad that you are enjoying this & it sounds as though your body is too!
    2078 days ago
    I do the 8 hour intermittent fasting too and find it works well for me too.
    2078 days ago
    I'll have to check it out.
    2078 days ago
  • JAROL7
    It won't kill you but the question is, "Can you live like this the rest of your life?" That is the answer you are looking for. You need to find a way to live the rest of your life that is healthy. Good luck with your plan.
    2078 days ago
    I love Moseley's work...I too, use the FAST DIET plan or 5:2.....the weight loss is a side benefit...the extra neurons and no cravings are the BEST....well done....my 82 year old mother has been using this program for several years now; she has been a vegetarian for 45+ years and the healthiest woman I know......still dances and sings and does yoga....this plan really works...
    2078 days ago
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