Monday, May 06, 2013
I started with Spark about a year ago. My goals of one year ago were:
Stop the slow weight gain
Get eating under control
Lose muffin top
Get BMI back into "average" category since I had just hit the "overweight" percentage
I lost about 8 pounds and most of my muffin top with the Simple Diet. Then I transitioned to Intuitive Eating and maintained the weight and inches loss. I got my, what I call," food frenzies" under control with understanding some emotional issues, mainly by using the principles of Inside Out Weight Loss. I learned that I just plain couldn't eat as much because metabolism slows as a person ages. I incorporated much more cardio with consistent line dancing, walking, and Leslie Sansone DVD's which really seemed to help boost a more positive attitude as well as a noticeable difference in stamina.
Maintenance continued. But, I just felt like I wanted to take one more shot at going a little farther with my goals. It just seemed like there was just a little too much fat hanging around.
Yes, probably vanity pounds. One more shot and if that didn't work......just be fine with it.
I looked around for a small diet team to join. I like very small teams! I stumbled on the 8 Hour Diet and read the basics on that. It sounded so weird and unusual. I researched it a bit and found that others call it intermittent fasting and that there are some followers. So, on a lark, I tried it. I figured I wouldn't last a day! I figured I'd feel weak and unsettled.
At first, I didn't have the book so I just followed the basic principle of fasting for 16 hours (8:00 PM until noon) and then eating for 8 hours (noon until 8:00 PM). Although I do not track or count calories, I would estimate that I ate the same during the 8 hours as I had been during my normal days previously.
After about a week of sticking with it, I realized that I had dropped 2.5 lbs, busting a 6 month plateau. Another thing that happened was that I started to feel much more motivated, energetic and even-tempered. I felt more alive and vibrant. I was sleeping better and longer.
I even felt like my senses were more acute. I noted these effects BEFORE I read the book, so, to me, that means my reactions were not biased by expectations learned from reading.
I really had thought the diet was all about weight/fat loss.
Then I got the book and found that others had experienced the same effects and the author cited research and explained the rationale for them. I am sticking with this plan for Monday through Friday and have tweaked it to make sure that I am eating what I consider "healthy" foods (fruits, vegs, lean protein, dairy) and avoid eating what I believe are detrimental to me (wheat, peanuts,corn, sugar, processed grains, excess salt) during my 8 hour eating period.
I am also continuing with my effort to do consistent cardio and be as active as possible.
Then I did hit a new low and have gone down another .5 lb.
At this point, I will continue with it as a lifestyle because I feel so much better!
I know that many, including Spark experts, make negative comments about it.
I know it is definitely not for everyone. But, I say, don't knock it til you've tried it!