Focusing on the restriction of certain foods is exhausting.
Don’t eat carbs. Skip all sweets. Count all of your calories.
It’s not sustainable, at least for me. In 2011, I was about 80 lb overweight. I had joined an office weight loss challenge and had also recently read an ebook called Eat Stop Eat.
In this ebook, Brad Pilon lays out the reasoning for fasting instead of dieting. I absorbed his input and tried it out and won the weight loss challenge ($200 and 80lb lost).
Learning how to take a planned break from eating helped me achieve amazing results.
Intermittent fasting aids weight loss without a feeling of restriction.
Ever eat 1 potato chip or have 1 bite of ice cream?
You can swear off these foods completely or you can do some intentional fasting and still enjoy them later.
Fasting was critical to me in reframing what hunger feels like and not needing to eat constantly.
There are 3 things to remember before starting your first intermittent fast.
#1. Fasting does not give you a license to binge.
It will create a 20% weekly calorie reduction causing reasonable weight loss.
Without self-control, your fast weight-loss benefits can be undone easily with a sleeve of Oreos if you “think you deserve it”.
#2. Find something useful to do with your time.
An idle mind can make fasting more difficult. If you keep yourself busy, the time flies by and you can be done before you know it.
Now, in this paragraph, quickly give them 3 more actionable steps they can take to put this larger piece of actionable advice into practice. Be specific.
#3. Drink plenty of water.
Water/coffee (no cream) can satisfy your need to ingest something. Keeping hydrated will help alleviate your thirst which can be confused with hunger.
There are many intermittent fasting regimes. For more information, look up the Zero app or check out Eat Stop Eat ebook. The usual caveat here is, I’m not a medical professional — always seek your doctor’s advice before using any new eating plan.
Fasting has become a regular part of my life, not for weight loss, but more for maintenance and it just helps to reframe my relationship with food.
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