Fasting works, after all.
As a middle-aged woman, I’m cautious and often skeptical of all the weight loss methods.
I’ve tried most of them before and failed miserably.
I couldn’t bear the hunger pains, counting calories or macros (the worst!), or having to eliminate my favorite foods from my life.
But this fasting experiment worked wonders for my weight loss and health and was far from complicated.
It’s ironic and a bit sad that it took me more than 50 years to find out what it takes to lose weight successfully.
Me before the fasting experiment
My story begins with me being constantly tired of carrying the weight around.
Many 50-year-olds can relate.
I would run out of breath after moving around the house. The pain in my joints was really tiring. And, oh, how I hated my reflection in the mirror!
I was often daydreaming: head held high, feet light and graceful, strangers’ heads turning to take a second look at me.
I saw myself as an active, youthful wife, mother, and grandmother.
But my body didn’t reflect my true inner self-image.
I felt and looked heavy. I was constantly worried that people would judge me for my looks.
I hesitated to order food in public places because it seemed I could read the minds around me.
“You need to eat less.”
“Oh, she shouldn’t be ordering that.”
“How about some salad instead of a cheeseburger?”
I was sweating under too many baggy clothes, suffering from joint pains and constant fatigue.
The rock bottom was when I started hiding snacks all over my house. This way, I could snack whenever I wanted without anyone seeing or judging me.
I was pretending to be ok with my body, but I was suffering
I felt embarrassed and discouraged by who I’ve become.
Until one day, I came across this painless-looking fasting app. It inspired me. I decided to give it a try, but only for a limited time.
I just needed to see if it worked or not.
To those who might not know what intermittent fasting exactly is – it’s eating within time blocks or windows that are ok with you.
I wanted quick results and needed to be comfortable with what I was doing, so I went with the 16:8 fasting method. I gave myself 28 days to try out this fasting experiment.
Before starting, I completed a short quiz that gave me all of the data on the future journey that I needed – at first a personalized fasting plan and then all the tools to actually lose weight.
The quiz also calculated my BMI, which unfortunately showed I was in the obese category and had at least 55lb to lose.
I was afraid to be disappointed again, but the results left me speechless
I felt uncertain when I first started this experiment. I had some nagging thoughts in my head that maybe I shouldn’t do it. I feared I would fail again.
But it was my only way out of the misery, so I gave it a go.
I woke up with a thought that maybe I should start tomorrow. But then I gathered myself together, and with some virtual help on my side, I began my fasting experiment. It seemed doable.
The initial plan was to weigh in weekly, but I needed to know if fasting was doing anything to my body. So I stepped on the scale (something I dreaded doing in the past).
The trim lines were blinking as I waited. It seemed like it took forever for the digits to show up. And here it was. I managed to lose 3 pounds!
I felt like a warrior! I cooked easy meals approved by a professional nutritionist, and I even allowed myself to tweak them a bit to my liking.
Also, by this time, I think I formed a habit of checking my daily goals, fasting agenda and reading useful insights on the topic.
All of which was comfortably accessible in the app. I would mostly do this over my morning coffee.
I could already see my belly sticking out a bit less than before. My energy levels increased. The fasting experiment was going well.
I got an early call.
My sister invited me to come over for dinner. I love gatherings like this. But this time, it was something I really feared.
The dinner time was out of my eating window.
I panicked momentarily and told her I couldn’t come. I hung up the phone and felt miserable and angry at the same time.
It reminded me of all those times I was restricting and depriving myself of the foods I loved.
Once I even distanced myself from friends and family altogether. Only to avoid the horrible feeling of failing when I couldn’t resist eating something when I was with them.
“How is this any different?” I thought to myself.
And then it hit me. I CAN meet my family for dinner and I CAN eat all I want and spend precious time with them.
All I had to do was shift my eating window. My usual time of eating was from 10 AM to 6 PM. I simply pushed it to 12 PM and 8 PM for that day.
I felt indescribable joy that night. I had the best time with my family. It was truly the first time in my life I felt so happy with my decision to lose weight exactly this way.
I went back to the 10 AM-6 PM eating window the next day. It matched my daily routine better, but I never declined an invitation to meet up with my friends or family from that day on.
Whenever it was.
Two dress sizes down and no hunger
Since my past weight loss experiences weren’t successful, I honestly thought this experiment would end in a day or two, with me eating a bar of chocolate from my secret stash.
I also thought hunger pains would break me, but there were almost none.
Walking past the mirror in my sunny room, I realized for the first time how ill-fitting my clothes became on my leaner body.
And how good and happy I finally felt. Funny thing. I noticed my friends staring at me strangely three weeks into the experiment.
They were a bit jealous of the changes I was going through but were hesitant to ask how or why I was doing it.
The difference in my size, mood, and health were and still are so evident it’s impossible not to notice.
Day 28. Finally!
The numbers speak for themselves: I’ve lost 18.8lb and 12 inches around my body. I went two sizes down!
The program that set me for success
For the first time in my life, I lost weight successfully. It wasn’t a matter of willpower because I don’t have much of that. Also, It wasn’t mere luck. I simply had all the right tools handed to me.
Actually, it all started with an insightful one-minute quiz.
I answered a few simple questions and entered my height, weight at the time, and the weight I dreamed of achieving someday (little did I know how quickly and painlessly this would come true).
Then I received instant feedback and calculations on my body state and how quickly and noticeably it could change.
I was hooked. It was an eye-opening experience that I’ve never had before. Like someone was showing my future and how rewarding it could be if only I went with it.
I used the DoFasting app to guide me throughout the 28 days.
From the very beginning, when I saw how smooth, easy to understand, and pleasant it was to use the app, I knew I could trust this process.
I get daily updates on my progress, I have 24/7 access to useful articles and thousands of simple yet delicious recipes (with well-balanced macros), and workouts that work perfectly with the fasting routine.
I don’t have to worry about tracking my progress because they do that for me, too.
Also, having specific eating windows gave me the confidence to experiment with my food and changed my relationship with it.
It feels like I’m finally free and in control of my habits and my life.
I am sure that having credible and qualified help every step of the way for the first time in my life set me up for the amazing results that I achieved.
One month ago, I was an absolute beginner at fasting. Today – I’m slimmer, healthier, and happier than ever.
Here’s how easily you can start, too.
I wish I knew before what I know now after this experiment. There are no secrets. It’s just this one key element – the guidance throughout.
I wish you could feel how light your feet can be, how easy it is to breathe, how happy you are without the excess weight, how rewarding it is to finally buy the clothes you like (not just because they are the only ones that fit).
And how flattering the looks of your long-seen friends and family are.
It is achievable. And not complicated at all.
All you need now is just one minute to take a FREE quiz. No commitment. No pressure.
The least you will get from it are the insights and the vision of who you could become. And the most…You could actually lose the weight and get all of the benefits that come with it.
See the results of people who took the quiz and then decided to go with the DoFasting app for only 28 days.