Happy New Year everyone and I have some exciting news, I lost four more pounds over the holidays. I was doing my calorie counting and intermittent fasting eating program. In December, I wasn't as strict on counting calories as I was in November and I still lost weight and it surprised me. I got on the scale on Saturday just before going out to dinner to celebrate my wedding anniversary. The scale read 140.3 pounds, I was totally shocked. I guess intermittent fasting is a real fat burner.
I fast 3 days a week and the fasting time can range from 14 to 20 hours. I did a few 20 hour fasts on days I ate a holiday meal or went to a holiday party. Most of the time, the fasts lasted 14 - 16 hours. I eat clean but I don't worry about having a dessert after dinner. This isn't a diet for me but a lifestyle change. I started fasting to lower my cholesterol. Read about my results and journey here. It has been proven that intermittent fasting can help with lowering total and LDL cholesterollevels. My total cholesterol has dropped 30 points but I haven't gone back to my primary care doctor to get my complete lipid panel. I will do that soon.
Why does intermittent fasting burn fat?
After consuming your last meal up to eight hours, you body uses glucose and glycogen as fuel but after 8 hours your body switches over to fat as the main fuel source. With the fasting lifestyle, you are eliminating one meal so you are consuming less calories, so this is the other reason one loses weight with intermittent fasting. You can read more about fat loss and intermittent fasting, I won't go into here. Read: Lose Weight Using Intermittent Fasting. If you are a woman of childbearing years, a 12-14 hour fast tends to work better for some reason. If you want to get started, start with this fasting range to see how your body responds.
Who shouldn't do intermittent fasting
If you have an eating disorder, you shouldn't practice intermittent fasting. If you are medication(s), talk to your doctor first and try another form of fasting. There are a few different models of intermittent fasting. If you are breastfeeding, you can't do intermittent fasting. Remember to always work with your doctor or nutritionist before changing your eating habits.
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In November, I reported here that I decided to lose some weight in order to see if that would bring down my cholesterol levels. On that same post, someone commented that intermittent fasting has been shown to lower LDL and total cholesterol levels. I decided to lose weight and also practice intermittent fasting at the same time.
I joined a DietBet and I lost 7.2 pounds by Thanksgiving by counting my calories on non-fasting days. Two to three times per week, I went on 16 hour fasts. I found this easiest to do because if you finish eating by 8pm, you don't eat again by 12pm the next day.
Two weeks into the fast and weight loss program, I joined an arthritis study and they checked my cholesterol. The research group told me that my total cholesterol dropped from 280 to 252! They didn't check the LDL cholesterol. I was overjoyed with my results. I can't wait until this week, because I will return to see my doctor to redo my lipid test. I'm sure it would even be lower because with the arthritis study blood test, I had just begun fasting and losing weight.
If you are looking to lower your cholesterol by intermittent fasting, read the following articles I have posted below. I will be back in a couple of weeks with my final results and no meds for me :-).
I have a real fun challenge starting today on Black Friday, November 25, 2016. It is based on the Clue game and my game is The Fitness Clue Game. The goal is to find who killed the personal trainer. Here are the rules below:
The Fitness Clue Game - Who killed the personal trainer
a. The yoga instructor
b. The club member
c. The bodybuilder
d. The cycle Spin instructor
e. The club manager
f. The aerobics instructor
a. Jump rope
b. Kettle bell
d. Medicine ball
e. Tennis racquet
The weight room
The men's locker room
The women's locker room
The aerobics studio
The babysitting room
The front desk
The cycle studio
The Pilates studio
1. You choose a character and you must start your journey where that character's name appears on the board
2. For every 30 minutes of exercise, you can move your game piece two steps or two blocks
3. Once you enter the room, you will send me a personal message what was the weapon and who did it. You don't guess the room because you are already there.
4. I will only give you one clue that I have in my hands. You mark that one off and then move to the next room or stay if you like after two 30 minute workouts.
5. If you are in a corner room, you can jump through the secret passage way, no exercise required.
6. The first two people that guess correctly are the winners.
To join the game you have to ask to join my Facebook group. If you are not on Facebook send me an email at email@example.com
Any questions? This will keep us working out through the busy holiday season.