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Monday, December 29, 2014

Intermittent Fasting - Second Try

My weight has gotten away from me, again.  Sigh!  Up about 15 pounds since Ironman in August.

A few years ago I tried Intermittent Fasting.  In a nutshell, there have been scientific studies demonstrating that that fasting has significant health benefits.

It was interesting, but didn't yield the weight loss results I had hoped for.  I did what they call the 16:8 fast - basically, fast for 16 hours per day, eat the other 8 hours.  I ate between 11:30am-7:30pm, basically skipping after-dinner snacking (a good thing!) and breakfast (a controversial thing).

One thing I did not do was change my diet - I ate anything and everything during that 8 hours, without a tinge of guilt.  My weight did stop increasing (yay!) but didn't decrease (boo!).

It did teach me to not eat and quite early on I found that ravishing hunger subside.  That was amazing.  Also my energy levels throughout the day were much improved.   So I feel like I owe it another shot.

This Time...

It's easy and something I feel I could maintain indefinitely.

To actually lose weight (rather than merely maintain) I will also cut calories, and count calories.  At first I'm going for 2lbs/week, significant losses, but once I drop 10 pounds or so I will ease off to a 1lb/week goal, and eventually to maintenance.

Goal: 175lbs by Paris to Ancaster at the end of April.

And yes, I do know the chart goes up for two weeks.  Shhh.

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