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I have been an on again off again member of Weight Watchers for most of my adult life, but I realize that for me it's just not sustainable. I just can't count those points every single day for the rest of my life! Thanks for the reminder about counting EVERYTHING! Yes, no more "free" veggies...everything counts!
My main reason for IF is the weight loss, but closely followed by reducing cholesterol and improving insulin sensitivity. I'm intrigued to see what my annual blood test results are in a few months time...!
I am a Newbie and just started reading through this forum. This is very helpful!
Actually I had the idea of IF already about 15 years ago (never tried it, though), because I thought it might be a good idea to confuse the metabolism. Now other people are making money out of it... LOL.
I find it easier to fast than to reduce calories every day. And yes, I get hungry! But I also know that the next day I am allowed to eat, that makes it easier.
Starting today with the 5:2 fast, coming Friday being my first fast day. As someone who never eats breakfast and sometimes has the first meal for the day at 3 pm I hope I am somewhat prepared. I have never done an official diet but was intrigued by FastDay because it pointed out some things I have found to be true through experience:
1. Fasting seems easier than dieting
2. Exercise delays hunger (counter intuitive but confirmed over and over).
Soooo, starting with a weight of 143 lbs (waist 35") I hope to reach my goal of 135 lbs (waist 32) within a reasonable time frame.
Oh oh, too optimistic? Would love some feedback from the old-timers here
Too optimistic? Not really. At your current weight and estimating your height at 5' 3" (160 cm) or greater places your BMI in the normal range. As we get closer to our ideal weight - whatever that is, and no one ever really knows - the rate of weight loss tends to slow down. But that still leaves room for improvement.