6 weeks of consistent weight loss :)
Monday, May 03, 2021
Mid February I was as high as 259 lbs with an average of 256 lbs. As much as I have ever weighed. I had given "eating less and moving more" a go for a few months with no results. Scale was stuck.
I was about to embark on another Keto plan. Keto always works for me for weight loss in the short term, but makes my body feel yucky and leaves me just waiting for the day until I can "go back to normal eating." I was about to (once again) throw out all the bread, pasta, crackers and cereal in the house when I stumbled on the idea of intermittent fasting.
For the first week, I ate all my normal foods, just in a "window of 8 hours while fasting for 16 hours. I like breakfast, so I had my coffee, creamer, avocado, egg and toast with mayo at 7 am, I had a big lunch at 2:30 pm and fasted until 7 am the next morning then I repeated.
Mind you I don't work outside the home, so my schedule is pretty much my own and this is what works for me.
At first it was kind of hard because my body was used to the idea of "healthy snacking" at regular intervals to “keep my metabolism going.”
I ended the week with an average weight of 253.2, down almost three pounds.
Nice, but we all usually get that first week bump when we try something new, so I was wary. However, I liked the feeling of sleeping with an empty stomach and I was learning that the health benefits of given your gut a rest were muti-faceted so I would keep going…
I wanted to repeat the 16/8 pattern (fast for 16, eat for 8) the second week but busy schedule pushed me to 17 or 18 hours of fasting with a 6 or 7 hour eating "window" still eating basically two meals, breakfast and big lunch.
I ended the second week with an average weight of 251.5.
On to week three, four, five and six......working my way "up to" an average of 19-20 hours fasting with a 4-5 hour eating window of a late breakfast around 9 am, lunch at 12:30pm, done by 1 pm.
End of week
Avg wt. Pounds
Week 1 253.2 - 2.8
Week 2 251.5 - 1.7
Week 3 249.9 - 1.6
Week 4 248.2 - 1.7
Week 5 247.4 - 0.8
Week 6 245.5 -1.9
I've never had the scale move so consistently, so easily. I've never had a change in eating pattern be so easy because I can eat anything I want so I don't feel the least bit deprived. If I don't have room for the something today because I'm full, and the window closes, I just shrug and say "I can have it tomorrow."
Am I hungry sometimes?
Yes, particularly if I chew gum or drink flavored waters or flavored black coffees so I've cut those out. Even plain lemon or lime in my water seems to set up some sort of metabolic response in me that releases hunger hormones. If I eliminate those and just drink water, plain green or black tea and plain black coffee I'm much better off.
And it's totally easier than shopping, cooking and thinking about special foods to eat on certain restrictive diets.
My biggest gift has been more time.
Now mind you my hubby works out of town all week, so I don't have to cook dinner for him. If I did, I might do a later window or otherwise alter my eating window or food prep so I would not have to be around food in the evening. He has started to do this with me on weekends so even weekends are getting easier. On weekends my "window" tends to be a bit longer.
I can flex this however I want. I don't feel guilty, and I really can't "cheat" per se because we all have to take time out between meals, right? It's just a matter of how much time and whether that amount of time is working for my body in terms of weight loss and other health benefits. Otherwise, nothing is "off the table" in terms of what I eat, but I do find myself becoming more of a food snob.
So, there you have it. I'm excited and can't wait to see where I'm at by the end of summer.
I thought I would share what is working for me.
What is working for you?
Be well, and
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