I am not saying that this is fool-proof or that it will work the same thing for you. It can be that you will lose more than 17 kilos or you could lose less than that. But as for me, that’s what happened. In four months, I lost 17 kilos, and all I did was eat the healthy foods that I like to munch on, bond with my best friend and have fun.
Yes, that’s true. I didn’t diet or do anything like eat less than 1200 calories or strip off carbs in my meals. There was no “dieting” done, but I had to enforce a new eating lifestyle. I call it an eating lifestyle because it was a natural thing to do for me. It was a lifestyle and not some diet fad or craze.
What was this eating lifestyle that I followed? It’s called Intermittent Fasting.
What Is Intermittent Fasting?
Intermittent fasting or IF is an eating lifestyle that works between phases of fasting and eating. It doesn’t require you to eat specific foods but rather when you can eat such foods. In this way, it’s not a diet in the traditional way but more precisely labeled as an eating pattern.
The usual intermittent fasting ways include every day 16-hour fasts or fasting one day straight, two times a week. Fasting is a common practice of humans since the beginning of time. Prehistoric hunter-gatherers didn’t have grocery stores or freezers, and the food wasn’t readily available for them back then. At times, these early people couldn’t find anything to eat.
With that, bodies of human beings developed into something that can make them withstand hours of not eating. In fact, fasting has become natural compared to eating three big meals a day.
Simply put, I eat within 8 hours and fast for 16 hours every single day. I start my first meal at noon and eat my last meal by 630 PM or seven in the evening, at the latest. It was hard at first, but when I got used it, everything was natural.
When I said “bonding with my best friend,” I was talking about a walking exercise. I was almost 35 kilos overweight, and my body couldn’t do most exercises. With that, a doctor friend of mine suggested that I start to do walking exercises. When my best friend learned of this, she immediately volunteered to be my walking buddy.
Benefits Of Walking – Weight-Bearing Exercise
I chose walking because I learned of its many benefits, among which are as follows:
- Boosted cardiovascular and pulmonary health
- Lessened chances of developing heart ailments, stroke, and hypertension
- Better management of ailments like hypertension, high cholesterol, muscle, and joint problems, and diabetes
- Balance and bone improvement
- Muscle increase and endurance enhanced
- Lessened body fat
Now, do you understand why I love walking? And I’m with my best friend while doing that – it’s having fun while losing weight. I know, it’s impressive!
I started with 102 kilos and now, four months after, I’m at 85. I still need to lose 15 more to reach the target weight for my height. I am working on it, slow and steady, and I’m not in a rush. Eating is a challenge at times, but I make it through. I do eat fast food in some days, but with the IF, my craving for fast food and processed meats have become less. My body now tells me to pick up berries, apples, and veggies. I also eat lean meat and whole wheat carbs. It was a natural change, not forced or anything like that.
If it worked for me, it might work for you. Just now that before you start any eating lifestyle or a walking exercise, consult with your doctor first.