I’ve lost 60 pounds!
I’ve also gained 60 pounds.
Three times, after a reduced calorie diet, I dropped 20 pounds. And three times I gained it all back.
What a yo yo.
Fool me once: shame on you. Fool me twice: shame on me. Fool me three times: I’m a yo yo.
Okay. I’m done with this “yo yo” diet thing. Something’s gotta give. I know how to lose weight. I can do it. I’ve done it before. It’s keeping it off: that’s the trick.
I’ve developed some bad eating habits over the years. If my new behavior (eating less, exercising more) doesn’t replace my old bad habits, the old habits will return and I’m back to square one.
So, how do I replace my bad habits with better ones? Instead of going into “weight loss mode” for a few months and then reverting to old habits, how can I make a permanent change that allows me to lose weight and keep it off?
For me, the solution may very well be “Appetite Control”, as detailed in a book by that title by Dr. Bert Herring.
Dr. Herring’s approach makes sense to me. It’s based on the simple truth of how we convert our food into energy. If we eat too much, our bodies convert the excess fuel into fat. Fat is our body’s “refrigerator “. It’s a way to store fuel for later use. But since we are constantly supplying our bodies with fresh fuel by eating three meals and snacking throughout the day, we never give our bodies an opportunity to draw from our fat fuel reserves. So, over time, as we consume more calories than we burn, the fat accumulates, and we become obese.
Dr. Herring’s advice is to give your body the time it needs to tap into your fuel reserves and burn off that fat. If you do, you will lose about a pound a week. It doesn’t matter what you eat so long as you give your body a chance to raid it’s fridge each day and use stored fat for energy. No more counting calories. No more eating food you don’t like.
To tap into stored fat for fuel, you have to hold off giving your body fresh fuel. We already do this when we sleep. The seven or eight hours of sleep we have each night gives your digestive system a break. You go without eating during that time. But to burn off all the food you ate the day before, your body needs more time. You’ll start consuming your stored fat for fuel after 10-12 hours.
Dr. Herring’s approach is to hold off on eating until later in the day, and then eat all you’re going to eat in a five hour window. You are already fasting 8-10 hours between your evening meal and your breakfast the next morning. If you extend that “fast” so you go 19 hours without eating, you then “brake” your fast with a healthy snack, followed by a good meal somewhere in that five hour window.
I’m thinking my window will be 2-7pm. Getting up at 4:30am, I’m in bed by 8:30pm.
The idea of not eating anything until 2pm seems daunting to me. While I understand the metabolic mechanisms at play here, I’m used to eating a “good” breakfast every morning.
But it can be done. Thousands of people do it every day. After the initial three week adaptation period, it’s easy. Or so they say.
Anyway, this does make sense to me. I’m going to give it a try starting January 1st. If it works for me, who knows, I may teach the approach and promote Dr. Herring’s book in a seminar: “Eat anything. Lose weight. Keep it off. Guaranteed.” While there’s no real guarantee it will work, if you try intermittent fasting for 60 days and don’t lose a pound a week, we’ll refund the price of the seminar.
I’ll let you know how I do. Wish me luck.