Does Intermittent Fasting really work? Many people think it’s too difficult, but it’s actually quite easy. And YES, it works.
A Quick Backstory
On June 1st, I weighed more than I ever had at 194.4 lbs. That was turning point for me. I started working out 5 days per week, stopped drinking sodas and tried to eat healthier. After 3 months (and a scare when I hit 197.2 lbs, six weeks into my program) I finished at 188.6 lbs. A net loss of 5.8 lbs! I was happy, but I wanted faster results. Work was getting busier as I work in Elections so going to the gym everyday wasn’t going to work much longer. I took a week off from training and researched Intermittent Fasting.
My New Plan
I came up with a new plan. I would workout just on the weekends, and do intermittent fasting as my meal plan. I have never eaten breakfast because I’m just not hungry in the morning, so that part was easy. Lately, I was finding that when I ate lunch, I wasn’t all that hungry for dinner, but I’d eat anyways because it was the social thing to do with my family. My wife is an amazing cook, so even though I wasn’t hungry, I would eat way more than I wanted to because her cooking is so awesome. My solution was to continue to skip breakfast, have a protein shake or protein bar for lunch and then eat whatever I wanted for dinner. I allowed myself to have a mini candy bar for dessert if I needed something sweet. So how did it go?
The Results of My Intermittent Fasting & Exercise Program so Far…
AMAZING. I skip breakfast and lunch, drink water throughout the day and then eat as much as I want at dinner so I can enjoy my wife’s cooking. I workout on the weekend with heavy weights and do a mile hard on the treadmill to warm up. As a result, the weight started melting off. I was afraid I was losing muscle as it was coming off faster than the recommended 2 lbs per week. However, at the gym, I just keep getting stronger on the weights and faster on the treadmill. I feel INCREDIBLE! I’ve gone from a 10:30 mile down to an 8:53 and I know I can go faster. My bench has increased from 135 lbs to 175 lbs (lifting it twice).
Since September 11th, I’ve lost 9 lbs and now weigh 179.6 lbs. I haven’t been below 180 lbs since 2016. I still have 7 more weeks to go in my second 3 month challenge so I’m really excited to see where I end up.
When I started dating my wife, I was 163 lbs so I’m looking forward to looking like the man she married once again.
What’s Next for Me?
My goal is to hit 185 lbs on the bench before I turn 51 this month. Right now, I’m the strongest I’ve ever been and honestly don’t feel 50/51 at all. I also want to get back into running now that I’m lighter and there will be less stress on my knees and feet. My running goal is to get under an 8:30 mile…which is hard to say since I used to run 8 minute miles for half-marathons. That’s why you don’t stop running kids. Not matter how crazy busy life gets. You lose your speed so fast.
If you’d like to know more about Intermittent Fasting, my workout plan at the gym or anything running related, please contact me.