Health and Fitness | Intermittent Fasting: A Journey

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This is a very sensitive topic. Not just for me, but for a lot of people. It even makes it worse because of Social Media.

Ever since The Biggest Loser ended last 2011, it has been, to most — if not all former Biggest Loser contestants — definitely a struggle to keep and/or maintain the weight loss. Being on TV trying your hardest week in and week out with at least a million people watching you, screaming for you, and crying with you, you know that there is a certain level of emotion invested in you and it shows. Especially when they see you in a mall or restaurant and confidently voice our their disappointment that you haven’t kept the weight off. It’s understandable but it still hurts to be quite honest.

From 2012 to present, I have gone through a lot of things to try to lose more. The thing is, it would work for a time but I would not be able to maintain it. I did CrossFit, Yoga, and weekly fun runs as my physical activity. I would, then, do juicing, Paleo, Keto, or a variant of all three as my food intake. They would all work for a time, but then I would get lazy and pause for a bit but the weight would come back quicker and thus discourage me.

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On 2015, I finally decided to go back to the workforce and started working at a BPO company in Sucat. Upon receiving my first paycheck, I decided to treat myself to good food and it hasn’t stopped up to 2017 when I left the company.

In 2016, I decided to quit drinking booze for it would quickly bring my uric acid levels up and thus gift me with gout. So, again, I decided to bid alcohol goodbye.

In 2018, I was introduced to this eating phenomenon called Intermittent Fasting. With this, in a 24-hour day, you are only allowed to eat at a short time and fast at a much longer time; preferably 16 hours fasting and 8 hours eating. I admit that I wasn’t really serious with that because I only stuck with the 8 hours of eating and the fasting would be a combination of and not a whole 16 hours straight. In short, it did not work for me. Little did I realize or admit that I was doing it wrong,

Come Christmas of 2018, I was at this point that I got so depressed (one of many episodes) of how big I’ve become and how I wasted my time in the Biggest Loser camp by gaining all the weight back. I wasn’t getting any younger and getting injured now would take me weeks to recover versus the time it would only take me days to recover.

Towards the end of 2018, I revisited Intermittent Fasting and learned that you should strictly stick to 16:8 (16 hours fasting and 8 hours eating) and decided to give it a try but this time, being more serious.

I wasn’t getting any younger and getting injured now would take me weeks to recover versus the time it would only take me days to recover.

In January 1, 2019, I decided to be serious with it but not go completely anal. I decided to take things slowly and gradually. This way, I wouldn’t be overwhelmed with the whole process and not feel that I am taking the fun out of the challenge.

So come 2019, I decided to do Intermittent Fasting with a combination of lessening my carb intake one month at a time. I even tweeted about it to give myself accountability.

When January came, I decided to take things seriously and immediately removed rice from my meals without any withdrawal symptoms. From January to March, my church suggested we do a prayer and fasting regimen in which I gladly did to help me with my diet. It involved me not eating anything for 24 hours, once a week, for 7 weeks and I completed it praise God!

When February came, I gladly took out bread but would occasionally have a pastry here and there but definitely no sandwiches.

March was a different strategy. It got to the point when I was already depriving myself too much that I decided to just cut down on the bread and pasta/noodle intake and just go full swing when I am fully ready.

Now it’s April and I think I’ve successfully removed pasta/noodles in my system except for the occasional bread from Starbucks.

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Despite the things I’ve been eating, I would like to report that my fasting and eating windows haven’t changed one bit. I recently was invited to join this Intermittent Fasting group in Facebook owned by Dennies Siongco and that group has taught me a lot. I started with doing just the regular 16:8 and would often catch myself doing 17:7, 18:6, and even 19 or 20 hours. The results aren’t stellar but you tend to feel the results.

I am still not that confident to show you my results. Being as big as I am, the little milestones aren’t visually obvious yet but I definitely feel them. Give me a few more months and maybe I can post a pic or two in my social media feed. Follow me there.

I definitely have a long way to go but I feel that this lifestyle is the most attainable for me. It may not work for you but it definitely has helped me. Let’s see.

I suggest you try it. I am not an expert on IF so if you have any questions, I suggest you join the IF group in Facebook and post your questions there. It has helped me a lot.

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