Do you find yourself piling on the pounds as you get older? Finding it harder to shed weight following the same routine?
As we get older, our metabolism generally starts to slow down, meaning even if we were to stick to a similar diet that we had in our younger years, we’d start gaining weight. What’s worse, we also find it harder to lose it.
This was exactly the situation I found myself in…
After hitting 35, I realized I struggled to shed weight – something which was easily done during my younger years with just a little exercise.
I also realized I started gaining weight despite sticking to a balanced diet and a calorie limit.
This became a bigger problem over time as I felt that my wife didn’t find me as attractive as before. I felt really self-conscious in public because of the way I looked – all of which contributed to my low self-esteem.
I’ve tried EVERYTHING to lose weight, but nothing ever worked. I was slowly starting to lose hope…
At first, I thought I was not counting the calories I would consume correctly.
So, I purchased a food scale to measure my daily recommended macros.
This, however, was frustrating, to say the least. It felt more like a chore rather than something I could keep doing long-term – especially considering my daily routine was stressful enough when dealing with both my work and family life.
My diet also affected my mood. I felt constantly grumpy and irritable as I was eating the bare minimum. I was essentially starving myself, and despite the initial success of losing a few pounds, my weight loss efforts would eventually start to plateau.
This endless cycle was tiring, and my motivation soon died out.
I found myself snacking late at night – more often at larger quantities. And so, in the end, I ended up weighing more than when I first started. Slowly I started giving up hope until…
I discovered intermittent fasting.
I actually heard about intermittent fasting before, and I’m sure most people have as well. At first, I thought it was just another ineffective fad diet that would eventually lose popularity, like many other diets before.
This all changed one day after I ran into a previously close friend of mine while out shopping for groceries.
He looked a lot leaner than he did previously, so I thought I’d ask him how he made such a transformation possible.
He said he tried a lot of diets before, from the Paleo to the Atkins diet.
But none of these diets were sustainable in the long run. He’d always end up putting the weight back on. This definitely resonated with me due to my own personal struggles with weight loss, so I wanted to dig a little deeper.
He then said that what he really lacked was a sense of direction.
He explained that he needed a plan in order to help him stick to his goals. He was looking for something more realistic rather than something that’d require drastic measures.
He then mentioned that intermittent fasting was exactly that. He said that instead of having to plan his meals and eating schedules all by himself, he discovered an app that did everything for him.
Apparently, it saved him a ton of time – and frustration – as he didn’t have to go through trial and error again and again.
How I started my journey to becoming a better me
I asked him what app he used to achieve such incredible results.
He said it was called DoFasting. It all started with a short quiz that asked a few questions about my lifestyle – my height, weight, my eating habits, and so on.
It then created a personalized intermittent fasting plan and showed me how much weight I could potentially lose within the next 28 days.
My starting weight was 200lb, and I initially hoped to lose around 8lb the first month.
So what is intermittent fasting exactly?
Generally speaking, intermittent fasting is not about what you eat but rather when you eat.
For beginners, a 16:8 method is recommended to start, meaning that you eat within an 8-hour window and then fast for the remaining 16 hours. This isn’t too daunting when half this time would be taken to sleep.
An example would be someone eating in between the hours of 10 AM to 6 PM. This, in turn, can put an end to late-night cravings that many of us often get with busy schedules. This alone could potentially make a substantial difference to your weight loss efforts as you’d simply be consuming fewer calories.
Intermittent fasting, while excellent for weight loss, can also have a whole host of other benefits, as stated on the popular health and wellness blog Healthline(i):
- Reduces insulin resistance, lowering your risk for type 2 diabetes
- Reduces oxidative stress and inflammation in the body
- Helps repair damaged cells
- May help prevent cancer
Not trying to make the same mistakes as before, I went ahead and purchased a plan. I did this because it would help guide me without having to stress myself with research and getting it right, just like how my friend mentioned when talking about his own struggles with weight loss.
Once I started, it was challenging simply because I wasn’t used to the new schedule. This schedule, in comparison to other diets, was far more flexible as I could adapt it to my specific lifestyle.
The cravings I had eventually subsided, and it became a lot easier to stick to the plan.
They say it takes around 21 days to form a habit. But it only took me a week before my body was fully adjusted, which was a huge relief as I was close to breaking my fast multiple times!
Then the dreaded weigh-in came…
Jumping on the scales again was a nerve-wracking experience. I did feel lighter, but I wasn’t 100% sure that I had achieved my initial goal of losing 8 pounds. This was partly due to my past experiences where I’d lost very little or stayed the same weight even after sticking to a diet for a month…
Surprisingly, I had lost 11 pounds!
I was thrilled and over the moon and couldn’t believe the results. Not only did I feel a lot lighter, but I also felt SO MUCH healthier!
Other diets I had tried in the past did help me lose weight, but I felt drained both mentally and physically, which would eventually take a toll on my health.
This time around, it was different. I knew that this was something I could continue doing indefinitely. The app did a lot of the legwork as it counted calories, macros and logged them automatically, meaning it also saved me a ton of time – and stress.
What I loved most was that I could still eat the foods I loved – nothing was off-limits. It was balanced out to fit my body, my needs, and my wants.
I felt more in control of my cravings, and my body was more efficient at burning fat, especially in a fasted state.
I found that an intermittent fasting schedule combined with healthy eating habits could potentially double your weight loss efforts, as it had done so for me.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
Why not start your weight loss journey today by taking the free quiz and finding out how much you could lose in just the next 28 days?
Results may vary due to personal features. This should be used for educational purposes only and not as a replacement for professional advice.
Healthline: 10 Benefits of Intermittent Fasting –