Disclaimer: I've been working on an intermittent fasting plan since February. The second week of February consisted of a 3 day juice cleanse, with 2 days before and after eating vegetarian soups. (The cleanse really rebooted my system and eliminated some bad habits, btw). Then, I started IF and have been researching the subject. My process has consisted of slowly tightening my eating window. Started with the common 16:8 and tracking calories. Have progressed to 20:4 until...
4/11 was my first real OMAD day!
Some items I have discovered:
Green smoothies are legit. Adding supplements to them and experimenting with taste/fruit/veggies has been invigorating. I was obviously malnourished. This will be my drink.
A lower carb diet does wonders for my energy level. IF, however, helps with carb toleration. I'm excited to see how OMAD works for me in that regard.
I'm from your typical southern family that thinks about food 24/7. IF has been liberating!
Now, onto my current weight loss totals:
Feb 1 - 273 lbs
Feb 11 - 257.2
Feb 20 - 253
March 1 - 251.2
March 12 - 250
March 19 - 249
March 25 - 245.6
April 11 - 241
Current loss: 32lbs
I only weigh when the urge hits, because being obsessive is a hazard.
The strength and growth hormone benefits of fasting are obvious. My weight loss has slowed (tweaking it now, was consuming some extra calories to prevent binging), but my muscles are growing with minimal workouts. Yes, I mean minimal. 7 minutes, twice a week. I take slow walks to clear my head on other days. At 44, I feel 24. Yes, in every way. It's insanity.
I hope to carry you guys on my journey and inspire a few people along the way.
Short-term goals: below 225 for an early June vacation and 215 on a late June trip.
Mid-term goal: reach 200 lbs before a late July trip to Canada. Eventually, I want 180 lbs and 10 percent body fat on my 5-11 frame. That is doable by the end of 2018. My maintenance weight will be between 180-200.
I plan to start eating cleaner and with more purpose to achieve these goals. My knees/back/hips are struggling and wanting to avoid surgery.
A favor - just ask if I am staying with the plan. Force me to post honest results. Given that I have a mood disorder, having a schedule and accountability is crucial. It is easy to float around and lose time and focus (however, this eating plan is really helping!).
Thanks for reading,
Robert from Alabama