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Feeling Lighter Physically & Mentally --Priceless

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!

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    Very interesting about the 8-hour diet! Are there resources online about this? I looked for the book. Ordering it in my country would be difficult and/or very costly, I think.
    I did Fit for Life for several years and that book too, talks about different times of the day when it's best to not eat or only eat fruits (between 4 am and noon). I think it's an interesting concept.
    1849 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/25/2013 8:00:16 AM
    Great advise! Like you, I say try it and if it does not work then find out what does work for YOU! I am all about that and support your decision for doing so. I am also proud of you for not allowing others comments from stopping you from doing what is best for your body!

    I always appreciated that infinite wisdom about you though! I am pretty sure you will do and be fine no matter what you chose! I like to take many things from various "diets" to do what I know what works well for ME!

    So cheers emoticon to you for doing YOU! emoticon emoticon
    1858 days ago
    Good for you! How cool that you came to these conclusions before reading the book! That feeling of physical and mental lightness is priceless indeed. emoticon
    1867 days ago
    Congratulations on your anniversary and on releasing that unwanted weight.
    1868 days ago
    I'm doing the fast diet, other wise known as the 5:2 diet, and I find the same as you, I am energised and buzzing during my fast days, more able to work out, more alive somehow. It works for me.
    1868 days ago
    We are all an experiment of one! If this is what works for you and makes you feel healthy and strong - I say go for it!

    1868 days ago
    I read about this diet. Interesting concept. Eager to hear how it goes. I think the best part is that you are making great food choices and exercising a lot!
    1868 days ago
    Interesting - glad you/ve found something that works for you!
    1868 days ago
    emoticon You can't beat that feeling of lightness! I'm glad you found something that works for you.

    1868 days ago
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