This is such an important topic…especially for women.
And more especially, for women who have gone through menopause or are experiencing any kind of hormonal imbalance.
Speaking from a very personal perspective – I completely relate to what she says here about the weight-loss challenge for ladies after they reach their late 40’s and beyond.
As many of you may know, I have really been struggling to lose weight the past few years. I mean…my weight has always been a challenge. But if I was diligent and stuck to a particular plan, my body would respond favorably and I could lose the extra pounds.
That started to change when my hormones began to fluctuate…I guess right about when I turned 45 or so.
Even then…when I adopted a raw vegan diet…I lost weight.
But I also experienced a lot of negative side effects. So, I had to go back to eating animal products again.
And the side effects went away.
But I really packed on the pounds, as a result.
I’ve tried almost every kind of diet or protocol out there; low-carb/high-fat/keto, high-carb/low-fat/whole-food plant-based, I tried special wraps that were supposed to melt off the excess weight, bought whole nutritional “programs” that included consuming special protein powders combined with vitamin supplements and even a stick-on appetite suppressant/stimulant “patch” you wear 24-hours a day. I tried eating only starches and then eating only meat and eggs.
Seriously…I’ve tried it all.
I even went on a 7-day Water-Only fast.
You read that right. 7 days with literally No. Food. At. All.
Zero. Zilch. Nada.
I ate nothing.
And sure…I lost some weight. 8-pounds in 7 days.
But guess what happened as soon as I started eating again?
You got it.
The weight all came back.
However…the one thing that I have found to work…CONSISTENTLY…is Intermittent Fasting.
Yes, daily, on-going fasting.
But, unlike Water-Only fasting…with Intermittent Fasting…you still get to eat, DAILY.
And that makes all the difference in the world!
In fact…I really don’t know why I gave up the practice for a couple of years…
When I was first introduced to the idea of Intermittent Fasting (before the water fasting experience) I really, REALLY resisted the idea!
I’m not sure why…but I think it must have something to do with my Mormon upbringing, when we had to fast for 2 meals a day once a month. It was a compulsory ritual for all members over the age of 8…
And I hated the practice!
It was deprivation, pure and simple.
So, as an adult, I really bristled at the idea of fasting as a voluntary weight-loss practice.
B-u-t…when I finally did decide to give OMAD (One Meal A Day)…a specific type of Intermittent Fasting…a try, I was astonished by how effective it was!
In fact…over a period of three months or so I successfully lost 30 pounds.
And despite the fact that I haven’t been practicing IF for the last two or three years…I have still kept that weight off.
Long story short…I’ve re-incorporated Intermittent Fasting into my weight-loss regimen.
And once again…I’m seeing results!
In addition to Intermittent Fasting, according to Cynthia Thurlow in this video, the practice can be especially powerful when combined with a low-carb, ketogenic dietary approach! She specifies all of her reasons why in the video, so I’ll defer to her expertise on the subject!
But if you are experiencing a persistent weight-loss plateau and the pounds just won’t budge…I recommend you give IF a try for yourself to see if it works for you, too! Combine it with a keto eating plan and odds are really in your favor that you’ll bust right through that plateau and begin seeing success, just like I have!
Until next time…
I bid you good health!