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How fasting works for me

Friday, May 10, 2013

Some folks have asked how I'm doing with this fasting thing.

I have been toying with intermittent fasting sporadically since last June.
I learned then that fasting fit into my current lifestyle (semi-retired) but I was not following a specific program so just fell away from it.

However, I learned a lot about hunger and my body from the experience.

Then, I had been hearing about this IF diet craze sweeping the UK-
saw Dr. Mosley's show on PBS about the many health benefits of fasting
(his motivation, as he did not need to lose weight)
and decided to give it another more organized attempt.

Believe me, intermittent fasting is not for everyone! emoticon
But it works for me-
and lots of other folks-
there is even a sparkteam now. emoticon

So, my old friends know I have struggled mightily with losing weight and have come to the conclusion that the tried and true calories-in-calories-out formula does not work for all of us. emoticon

So, I admit, I have not read the book (The 5:2 Diet, or whatever it's called) and have been going by what I've learned online (last year and recently) and from my team.

My weight has been 185 (+ or - 2/3 lbs) since last June, despite having a negative calorie differential 9 days out of 10.
Since restarting fasting (16-18-20 hours) on 2 days a week I have dropped down to 180 and stayed there a few weeks.
One day I saw 179! emoticon
I am SURE I will continue to slowly but surely drop down, down, down.

I actually enjoy my fasting days.
I have no headaches,
which has been a problem in the past when I have tried to live on 1200 calories a day-
(I think because it's only 2 days a week).
I do not feel deprived.
I feel so in control of my eating.
I love working out in a fasting state.
And it is working for me!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ROSEWCI 5/14/2013 6:22AM

    Only you know your body! Great job!!! emoticon

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HARMONIUM 5/11/2013 2:24PM

    It was great to read your review of The Fast Diet. I wish you the very best of luck in reaching your goals.

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CAMAEL100 5/11/2013 2:07PM

    I have been toying with it as well for the past few months. I actually find it works for me too and because I am not thinking about what to eat next, I tend not to get too hungry.

I must look up the team as I am going to start it again. It does seem to regularise my cravings somewhat!

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CAPECODBABE 5/11/2013 10:20AM

    emoticon It's great when you find something that works.

I will check out your team... emoticon

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BETHGILLIGAN 5/11/2013 7:53AM

    Good job!! It sounds like your body likes this!

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MADLYINLOVE 5/11/2013 6:58AM

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 5/11/2013 3:47AM

    Awesome!! Good luck with it!!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 5/11/2013 12:52AM

    Good job Lizzie!
Keep up the good work.

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IAMBIZI 5/10/2013 10:18PM

    I am so happy that this is working fo emoticon r you! congratulations on 179!!!!!!!!!!!

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EDWARDS1411 5/10/2013 10:17PM

    You've been frustrated for so long I'm glad you've found something that works for you and that's what counts!! Continued success!!!

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DWSCHUYLER 5/10/2013 9:40PM

    Very interesting!

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EMMACORY 5/10/2013 9:25PM

    I saw the PBS show too. I was intrigued by the concept.What is the Spark team called? I might check it out. I am glad that you are seeing some results. emoticon

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FRENCHSEAMS 5/10/2013 9:24PM

    Thanks for the update. It must be really frustrating to count calories, keep to a restricted level and to see pounds come off.

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USMAWIFE 5/10/2013 9:15PM

    good luck with it. I just do cleanses occasionally at the beginning of each season to get rid of the old as the new comes in

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