I’ve now completed two weeks of intermittent fasting, and I feel better than I have in years. I went to the doctor Friday for my quarterly blood pressure check, and it was perfect. For this past two weeks, I’ve been fasting for 18 hours each day and eating whatever I want for six hours. I’m considering starting 20:4 tomorrow where I’ll eat only between the hours of 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm. I’m choosing those hours because I like to eat with my family.
I don’t know that I’ve lost any weight doing this, but I haven’t gained any, so that’s a plus. I’ve also been sleeping much better. I’m well rested, alert, happy, and feel great. It has also reduced my urge to stress eat.
I realize that I’m now looking like a total flake with my many dietary failures. Whatever. The keto thing only lasted a day. It just wasn’t right for me. However, I think I’ve finally found my sweet spot.
I went back to give the intermittent fasting another try. This time, I started with 18:6. I only eat between the hours of 1:00pm and 7:00pm. During those hours, I eat whatever I want. Today is day 13, and it’s going great. I don’t get hungry. It’s so easy. I don’t even have to think about it.
I’ve decided not to get on the scale at all because when I do then I start obsessing about my weight. I have no idea if I’m losing weight or not. My clothes are fitting a little better. My face is smaller. The main thing is that I feel really good. I had been in a funk for over a year and a half, and that funk has now lifted. I have more energy. I do have a doctor appointment tomorrow, so I’ll have to weigh, but I’m not going to weigh again until the next doctor appointment.
At 1:00pm, I’m hungry so that’s my biggest meal. I have a bit or two of something around 4:00. Dinner is between 6:00 and 6:30. I’m not that hungry at dinner time, so I eat a light meal just because that’s what satisfies me.
I’m recommending 18:6 intermittent fasting. I feel like I can stick with this indefinitely.