“I found discipline in my diet with Intermittent fasting.”
It was Labor Day weekend of 2021, and I went to a party at a friend’s house. At the party, I went to use the restroom and looked in the mirror. At that moment, I didn’t recognize the person that was staring back at me. I knew I had been gaining weight but didn’t really realize how much I had gained. I had an upcoming vacation planned for mid-October and it was clear that I needed to make a lifestyle change immediately. I was excited about my upcoming trip to Costa Rica and knew that if I didn’t make a change now, I would continue to feel bad about myself and it would affect my vacation. I realize you can’t perform miracles in 6 weeks; however, if I had a path to lose some weight before my vacation, it would leave me in a better mindset to enjoy my trip and help me build some confidence. At first, my weight loss journey started with walking on a treadmill. The first few days were difficult, but I was committed. Every day, it got a little easier. As I approached the end of September and had two weeks left before my vacation, I realized that cardio workouts, at my age, weren’t going to be enough to help me reach my goals. I needed to find a way to be more disciplined with my diet, but I wasn’t sure how to do this. After talking to a few friends and doing some research online, I decided that I wanted to try Intermittent Fasting. In my research, it was recommended to use a smartphone app to help me stay accountable. After doing additional research and reading some reviews, I decided to try the DoFasting app and I am so glad that I did.
I started my journey at over 260lbs. My first plan goal was to lose 20lbs before my vacation and I was able to do that. That gave me confidence and a path forward so that I could relax and enjoy my vacation. During my vacation, I stayed disciplined through the process and only gained 3 lbs upon my return. My overall goal was to 75-80lbs.
I had some prior successes with Paleo but decided to commit to Keto right after Labor Day weekend. Once I decided to commit to intermittent fasting, I continued with Keto as I wanted to limit carbs as I shed weight. On average, I was losing 1 to 2.5lbs a day when I combined Keto, Intermittent Fasting and daily cardio workouts of 30-60 minutes.
Not really. In finding discipline through intermittent fasting, it gave me structure and really allowed me to see what I was putting in my body for fuel. I am grateful for finding it, as it has changed my life!
Yes, I am still counting calories and macros. My typical daily calorie intake requirement is around 2,000 kcal per day, but I am also working on calorie deficit and strength training. I watch my meals every day.
Yes. Like anything, you must have a plan and I decided to set up my weight loss journey in several phases.
If you are looking for discipline in your diet, intermittent fasting is for you. With its structure, I was able to commit to my eating and fasting windows and understood what food I was putting in my body. It made me more aware of how important it is to eat more whole foods and less processed foods. It is a powerful tool that I would recommend to anyone. Additionally, I wanted to become less insulin-dependent and found the value in cell autophagy and reducing body inflammation through fasting.
No. Like any journey, it is a process and you have to commit to it. You have to want to change and be prepared for the ups/downs that come with it. Losing weight was just one part of my transformation and I am so glad that I did this. I have so much more confidence and believe that I can do anything when setting my mind to it.
I listened a lot to Dr. Sten Ekberg. His YouTube videos were so impactful as I learned a lot about intermittent fasting, making good food choices and how it can be a tool for me for the rest of my life.
I'm now aiming for a body fat percentage of 10%. I haven't reached my weight loss target yet, but I need to be patient. I've learned a lot about patience during this process. I didn't gain body fat overnight, so losing it would take patience and a plan. It may take months or perhaps years to achieve my goals, but I now know I can do this.
It is a journey where you learn a lot about yourself. I think one of my biggest takeaways from intermittent fasting is that it gave me the discipline I knew that was inside of me when it came to making food choices. I am grateful for that. It also gave me confidence that I can achieve my goals and have a plan to maintain this weight loss for the rest of my life!
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