Two months have passed since I started intermittent fasting. The life-change struggle is real. I have spent twenty years living my life a certain way. Changing is not easy. Old habits just don’t go away over night. It takes time and a will stronger than old urges. In other words, you have to want your goals more than a bowl of ice cream or chips. What gets me through? Logic. I spent many years feasting. I figure now a little fasting is in order.
A couple of weeks ago The Obesity Code by Dr. Jason Fung was recommended to me by a friend. They insisted it was mind-blowing. The book changed their life forever. That is a high endorsement. I couldn’t ignore the advice. So, that evening I ordered the book off Amazon. After three days of highlighting, annotation and dog-earing, my paradigm shifted as was promised.
The great thing about The Obesity Code is the history Dr. Fung interweaves throughout the book. He answers the question of “How did we get here?” How did America become the fattest country in the world after only fifty years? Ever since the government became involved in what we eat in 1977 obesity has skyrocketed. After finishing the book, I felt betrayed. Long story short, it all boils down to making money. I am not nieve. However, I felt let down by the government, the food industry and the medical world. My worldview became just a little more cynical. On that depressing note, what else did I take away from Dr. Fung’s book?
Near the end of the book, Dr. Fung defines weight loss as pieces of a puzzle. It is a good way to look at it. From what I gathered there are four main pieces for success: What To Eat, When To Eat, Stress Management, and Sleep. It makes sense that weight gain is not a one-dimensional problem. It is multi-faceted. As part of providing solutions to obesity, Dr. Fung outlines different intermittent fasting plans. As you all know, currently I am on an 18/6 IF schedule. It has worked well for me, and yet, I feel compelled to try one of Dr. Fung’s protocols.
Since I do not have any major health issues, other than being obese, I want to try Dr. Fung’s 24 hours IF plan with modification. You may ask, “What does this new protocol look like?” The good news (at least for me) I will eat every day. Four days a week I will only eat dinner. Three days a week I will have lunch and dinner, keeping with the same hours as my 18/6 schedule. I will do this for a month to see how it goes and how my body responds. Now, that I have the When To Eat piece of the puzzle, it is time to look at What To Eat.
Up until now, I tried to eat healthily. I cut the refined sugar down and increased salads. After reading Fung’s book, I realized I was eating wrong. My carb intake was insanely high and my fats low. I made the switch. The idea is to keep carbs low and increase fat. Being a vegetarian, this means eating eggs, full-fat dairy, dark leafy greens, nuts and seeds, berries, and tofu. It also requires cutting all boxed food, bread, refined sugar, root vegetables, and most fruits. Carbs spikes insulin. Protein moderately spikes insulin. Fat spikes insulin hardly at all. The reason to make the diet change is to keep insulin levels low. Over time, along with intermittent fasting, a low carb/moderate protein/ high-fat diet will correct insulin resistance. The end goal is using hormones to signal the body to use fat stores. Thereby, losing weight.
It all seems too easy. I know. I feel as if the American people have been jerked around so much with fad diets and food pyramids, we have lost touch with what our ancestors knew instinctively. How do I know intermittent fasting and a low carb/high-fat diet will work? Can I lose the fat and keep it off? Time will tell. The science is there. The history tells an interesting tale. I feel comfortable giving this life style change time.
How have I done so far? In two months I have lost 15 lbs. I am down to 259 pounds. That is good progress in my book. It will be interesting to see how a low carb/high-fat diet will affect my body. I recommend Dr. Fung’s book The Obesity Code to anyone who wants to learn more about how their body works. It was an eye opener for me. Maybe, you can benefit as well. Knowledge is power.
Thanks for reading.
J. R. Lowe