I have enough grandchildren, Weight Watcher’s credentials and diet books to attest to years spent battling weight issues. I first tried Weight Watcher’s when it was founded in 1961, so you do the math. Despite my best efforts, my weight yo-yoed over the years and I just gave up…
… Until I caught a Public Broadcasting System program about the benefits of Intermittent Fasting (IF). This self-regulating program is customizable to suit individual lifestyles. Once put into action, IF can improve the general health of anyone following the plan’s simple guidelines.
Noted British physician Michael Moseley introduced me to Intermittent Fasting on that PBS broadcast. It sounded too good to be true; another gimmick claiming to give me control over my roller-coaster weight gains and losses. But, further research helped overcome my skepticism. I read more of Dr. Moseley’s theory, jumped in and tried it out.
Let’s just say that this is the first time in my life I’ve fallen in love with a weight loss plan, because I can eat anything I want (and do) and I don’t have to exercise to keep my weight in check (though I should!).
Some fasters follow Moseley’s standard two-day-per-week, 500 calorie-restricted fast days and eat what they like on other days. Others adopt restrictive eating on weekends. Blogger James Clear tried his own version of IF two years ago and hasn’t looked back.
For my lifestyle, I decided to fast every day. You read that right: I eat anything I want between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. and fast the remaining 16 hours while my GI system rests and my weight loss stays below my Weight Watcher’s Lifetime membership figure. It works like a charm. Even health guru Dr. Mercola calls IF a “powerful intervention” for weight loss and improved health.
As someone who holds several degrees in anthropology, I can attest to the voracity of facts offered by Mark Mattson, Ph.D. who, when interviewed for Shape magazine, spoke about the increase in health and weight dangers as a result of our society’s affinity for three meals a day. Fasting, Mattson notes, is evolutionary fact. Our bodies are designed to go without food for long periods of time so the body can restore itself while it’s not processing food.
I’m a believer. And I’m making Intermittent Fasting converts left and right, including my doctor. When she congratulated me on keeping my weight loss constant for a year and asked how I did it, I shared my IF story. She was skeptical. Three months later, I dropped by. She told me that her mom, who was struggling with weight loss, was down two clothing sizes after trying Intermittent Fasting out of sheer desperation. Endorsements don’t get any better.