Did anyone not get fat during COVID?
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I know I did. With snacking one of the few activities still permissible by law, I ballooned up to 219 pounds by the summer of 2021.
Little things show you it’s gone too far.
Bending over to tie my shoes was no picnic. Ahh….picnics….
I knew I had to make a change. And while moderation can be a tough balance, you know what’s pretty simple?
I experimented with various fasting schedules until I found one that resulted in weight loss, week after week.
Here’s how I did it:
Sunday: Skip breakfast and eat dinner only. (I’m not really into lunch.)
Monday: Fast all day.
Tuesday: Eat a normal, moderate diet.
Thursday: Fast all day.
Friday: Cheat day!
I eat as much as I want all day, including my favorite foods. Cookies, ice cream, chips, you name it.
But those foods are off limits the rest of the week.
Consuming a lot of calories one day per week can keep your metabolism high. It tells your body not to go into “starvation mode” and expend as little energy as possible to survive.
After all, the feast is coming!
I find including a cheat day makes it much easier for me to eat healthy the rest of the week.
It’s not that I can never have cookies. Just not until Friday.
Saturday: Eat a normal, moderate diet.
I also work out five times a week. I generally do 4 cardio sessions of 30 minutes each and a strength session of about 30 minutes.
I try to put as many workouts as I can on fast days. Fasting and cardio together may improve longevity.
The key to fasting is keeping electrolyte levels in a healthy range. When your electrolytes get low, your life sucks.
You’re tired, your muscles ache, and your heart can race. Just trust me, it’s not pleasant.
So I never fast without electrolyte supplementation. I like to consume 4-6 eight ounce glasses of electrolyte replacement drink per day.
I usually buy a powdered electrolyte mix from Dollar General, which works great. I’ve also had good results with Liquid IV and Pedialyte.
Isn’t Fasting Dangerous?
Actually, fasting has a ton of health benefits.
In addition to weight loss, you can improve insulin resistance and immune response. You may even live longer too!
But of course, everyone’s body is different. Discussing it with your doctor is always a good idea.
If you’re getting chubby, you probably have a hard time with portion sizes. I do too!
That’s the magical thing about fasting. Portion sizes are easy.
You also have a ton of free time to work, enjoy the outdoors, and pursue hobbies. It’s amazing how time consuming cooking, eating, and clean-up can be.
If you give it a shot, let me know how it goes! And when your fast is over, get one of these. 🙂
Have you tried fasting? Why or why not?
Leave a comment and let us know!
Have a great weekend everyone!
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