My day job is as a lawyer at a non-profit in Boston and one of our perks as a non-profit is that we get a sabbatical after 7 years of working. I never thought I would stay there for 7 years but I did, and I made it to my sabbatical! I have had the last 7 weeks off to do whatever I want. One of my goals was to focus on my health. I quit my gym membership after having our second baby because I could not figure out how to fit it into my schedule. I was pretty happy with my weight about 6 months after Elliot was born but since then I have slowly gained it back. I have never been much of a dieter but after Elliot was born I read a book called Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes and it convinced me to try a low carb diet. Sugar has always been my friend so stopping sugar was intimidating. After a couple of weeks not eating sugar or many carbs I did lose weight and I lost my cravings for sugar. Of course the extreme diet did not last but I have significantly lowered the amount of carbs and sugar I was eating and overall felt healthier. I've tried to extreme low carb it a couple more times over the last 2 years but I haven't been able to stick to it. A couple of weeks ago I started to hear about this fasting thing and read some more about the benefits of fasting but it sounded terrible because who wants to be hungry? I skimmed The Obesity Code by Jason Fung but it was also too extreme. I have no desire to skip eating for a whole day! However, I am not a big breakfast person so I thought I could at least try skipping breakfast for a week and see how it goes! The diet people call it 16:8 because you fast for 16 hours and eat between 8 hours. For the past 1.5 weeks I have eaten my meals only between 12-8pm. I joined the gym and still work out in the morning after only having coffee and water and it has been fine. I was sure I would feel tired or dizzy working out without breakfast but as long as I drink a lot of water it has been fine. Now, when I go back to work next week it might be a little harder because I am used to having breakfast as soon as I get to the office. We'll see if I can make it to noon! If not, I may shift the eating window to 11-7pm and see if that helps.
And...I've lost 2 pounds in a week and a half. Of course I'm still trying to eat healthy when I eat but I have also eaten apple crisp, chips and guac and pumpkin beer so not exactly perfect. I'll keep you updated on how it goes.
A little bit more about what I have been doing:
- Eat first meal around noon, usually a loaded salad.
- Stop eating by 8.
- Drinking a lot of coffee in the morning with a splash of milk or heavy cream. I am going to try to move to black coffee but it's hard!
- Drinking a lot of unflavored soda water and regular water. Anything with flavor, including gum, will stimulate your hunger so keeping it plain helps a lot.
- Working out most days. Zumba, HIITS, elliptical, yoga and walking are my favorite
Weight has gone from 173.2 to 171.4. I started working out mid-August and did not lose any weight so I really think the fasting has made a difference.