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)