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Intermittent Fasting Week 9

by Dave on March 5, 2009

Steady weight loss has continued this week, with another loss of 2lbs. I am very pleased with this weeks weight loss because  I was at a party at the weekend I did not hold back !. I ate what I wanted, and had a few glasses of red wine.This is why I love intermittent fasting so much, I just enjoyed the party, One of the interesting things was hearing women at the party say they things like ” I will go back on the  diet tomorrow” or even not eating certain foods because of ” the diet ” , I must admit I did get some strange looks when they heard how much weight I had lost, yet had lots of varied foods on my plate, and even went back for more. I continue to follow my own flexible fasting plan , where I have a small eating window through the week, and eat normally on a weekend. My eating window is quite short,  realisticly it is only the one evening meal, but I would say it is between 5.30 and 7.30 . This fits in with my weekly lifestyle very well, and I am not finding any problems staying with this. Remember if you are new to intermittent fasting I suggest you first start with only one or two days per week. I think it is important to first get in tune with your  own body and understand your own eating habits and triggers. One of the reasons diets fail is because none of us are the same, we all have different lifestyles, and commitments. A good friend of mine who is now also doing intermittent fasting , has many business lunches, so my routine of fasting would not suit him, we are all different. A diet that tries to lay down the rules of what we must do is always doomed to failure. Plan your diet around your life, not your life around you diet. I keep saying that intermittent fasting is not a diet, but a lifestyle, I know it seems a bit of a cliche, as all the diet books love to say they are a lifesyle too, it is good marketing, but  with I.F  it truly is a lifestyle, you are just using it to eat less, you are not told you can’t eat carbs, or you must only eat brown rice, with Intermittent Fasting, you continue to enjoy the foods you love, you just eat less. 

What I have found over the last 9 weeks is, It is very easy for me to resist  food during my fasting time, knowing that  if I really want it, I can have it during my eating window. Again most times for temptation in my case would be at the time of evening meal anyway, so for me there is no reason to feel restricted in my food choice. I keep saying it. but even after 9 weeks I have not had any cravings for any particular food at all, and I am sure this is because I know that nothing is off limits.

So 9 weeks into using Intermittent Fasting I am now half way to my weight loss target. My total weight loss is now 28lbs. or 2 Stone to any Brits reading !. I set the target to lose the weight over 12 months, based on 1lb per week average and expecting to lose some weight fast at the start. To be at 28lbs after only 9 weeks is way beyond my expectations. If I continue to lose body fat at the rate of either one or two pounds per week , I will be happy with this. I should say at this point the weight is a guide more than anything, as I get closer to my goal weight, I will use my clothes , the mirror, and my body fat percentage as a more accurate guide to where i am at.

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