Published on March 29th, 2014 | by Margaret Pardoe0
Little by Little…Bite by Bite…
Four weeks of MAD Fasting and half a stone down!
i.e. MAD: Modified Alternate Day
Half a stone = 7 lbs = 3.175 K
Plus 2 inches off my waist! = 5.08 cms
If I consistently lose fat at the current rate, it will take me 6 months in total to reach the weight I’d like to be i.e. at the upper end of the normal weight range. And then I’ll reassess! I’ve been told that I currently look younger than my years, and I feel that fat can act as nature’s “botox”. My main interest is to get fit and healthy – but if weight loss made me look considerably older, it would have missed the mark!
If each image above represents (for me) a month! Then from a start date 4 weeks ago (1st March 2014), this would take me down to the top of the normal weight range within 6 months. Four weeks ago I was mid-way in the obese range. And at my heaviest, between about 2006 and 2011, I had rocketed up to nearly the top of the obese category for my height!
If I’d been doing a calorie restricted diet, the weight loss would have been about 75% fat and 25% muscle. As muscle is heavier than fat, I would probably have lost more weight just by restricting calories! But calorie restriction always works short term and rarely long term, and any regain would most likely be fat. So the long term end result for calorie restriction tends to be both increased weight and increased flabbiness! I’d sooner stick with preserving, and hopefully building, muscle. It’s not all about the scales! Never mind the fact that there’s not a chance I would have continued for as long as 4 weeks on calorie restriction! For me that would be a miserable way to exist!!
But Moderate Alternate Day Fasting should lead to a minimum of 90% fat loss (of the weight lost), and as I’ve been exercising regularly, this may be closer to a 100% fat loss and no loss of muscle, according to Dr Krista Varady, author of The Every Other Day Diet (along with Bill Gottlieb), who has done all the research and clinical trials related to this style of fasting! That there are other health benefits to alternate day fasting, is yet another bonus!
So how was it?
The third week was the trickiest! Bu then something astonishing has happened this last couple of days – I’ve stopped feeling hungry! Even on my MAD Fast day!
For at least my first quarter century, I never ever felt hungry, and my weight was stable and at the lowest end of “normal”.
In fact it continued to be at the lowest end of “normal” for the whole of my first 3 decades!
Then for over thirty years, I’ve rarely ever felt full!!!
I’ve always said that it felt like “something broke in my head” – and having learned about the hormones related to hunger, seems I was pretty well right. But with alternate day fasting it feels like the break from eating has changed how my brain responds to signals from hormones related to hunger and satiety.
It would be amazing if I’ve regained this level of sensitivity to food and appetite!
Nearly forgot to mention – there were two Birthdays within this first month of MAD Fasting – I chose to enjoy every celebratory mouthful and moment even though they fell on what should have been a fast day. Because my calendar is very flexible, I just fasted the following day instead to get back on track.
Will keep you posted…….update in 4 weeks……