See the progress I’ve made through my journey with intermittent fasting! Read about the ups and downs of my story, share some smiles and tears, and see my amazing before and after pictures!
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Intermittent Fasting- Before and After
Disclaimer: Big girls can rock it, no matter their size! This is my story of how I went from not being personally happy with my body, to feeling like my true self again. Please, no nasty comments or hate here!
While I struggled with weight loss all of my life, my story really begins with the birth of my son. After an extremely rough pregnancy, he was born prematurely, and while I felt like my body had just given me the greatest gift in life, it left me with a lot of pregnancy weight and an uncontrollable binge-eating habit.
While I had never been completely satisfied with my weight, I couldn’t fathom how I had possibly let myself get that big. I felt defeated, like I had “let myself go” even though I was constantly obsessing over trying to lose weight. I had gone from being a varsity athlete to being in so much pain, both physically and emotionally. This led me to look into gastric bypass surgery because I thought it was my only option for how obese I felt. This got so bad that I wanted to hide my body from others, and barely left my house.
I knew that my relationship with food was unhealthy, and I wanted to fix that. I had previously seen some success with Atkins “Low Carb Diet Program” so I gave it a shot again. This is when I realized that this high-fat, low-carb diet was both effective and doable for me, so I decided to do some more research into it. That was where I discovered the glorious Keto diet!
The Keto diet changed my life forever. After starting it, I began to lose weight, start learning a lot about my health, and most importantly, my binge-eating stopped. I continued to do more research into my health and eventually did an interview with Dr. Ken D Berry, where he recommended that I try intermittent fasting. At first, I was extremely reluctant. I thought that with an eating disorder background, it would ruin all my progress.
That was when I learned that our bodies natural biorhythms are to fast and feast, or to eat and then not eat for a while. With this style of diet, human bodies function at their prime. In fact, intermittent fasting has a ton of health benefits. Autophagy is one of these benefits, which can even help prevent against genetic degenerative diseases. Having a family history of Alzheimer’s disease and cancer, this was the selling point that led me to try intermittent fasting.
I started with a 16 hour fast and 8 hour eating window. What astonished me was how much easier it was to fast than I thought it would be. I found that by eating with my body’s natural biorhythm, I didn’t have to think much about eating or not eating. In fact, I started losing weight by NOT obsessing over it.
And that brings us to now! I’m still a “thick milkshake” in some parts, but my journey is still continuing! I’m proud of all of the progress that I’ve made, and I know that intermittent fasting will give me the tools and resources to get where I want to be. I hope that this before and after inspires you to continue with your own journey of progress!
Listen to me share about my before and after journey with intermittent fasting in my YouTube video!