I’m not one for fads and I don’t find dieting easy, but I can do it.
On January 5th this year, under the guidance of my daughter, a fitness and nutrition coach in London, I embarked on an intermittent fasting regime that is now nearing the end of its fourth month.
But has it worked?
Well, I’ve shed an average of over half a pound a day throughout that period. In total 61lbs so far.
What’s the basis of my regime?
- Daily exercise
- Intermittent fasting
- No alcohol
- Vegetarian diet with a careful balance of my macros
I’ve been walking in excess of 15,000 steps a day (an average of 14,000 this year so far).
I walk when I wake up and don’t eat until 1pm.
Then I typically eat a high protein brunch (scrambled eggs is the most common, with Avocado often). I then eat again at around seven and, apart from frozen grapes in the late evening, that’s me.
My diet is now 100% vegetarian, although definitely not vegan.
I drink a lot of coffee, although decaf after 6pm, and often with oat or almond milk rather than skimmed cow’s.
I have binned the alcohol, although I will be back when this is over. (In some ways this is the toughest part of the regime, even in Lockdown).
My 61lbs loss is 22% of my body weight (you do the math yourself) and I’m closing in on the first of my targets, to be under 200lbs for the first time in probably 30 years.
The attainment of a normal BMI seemed unthinkable at the start of all this – if it is indeed even a meaningful thing – but I’m into the low 29’s and closing in gradually on the elusive 25. But that needs another 28lbs weight loss so it’s a long term, rather than short term, goal.