There’s something about autumn that inspires me to set weight loss goals. I like to think of it as me imitating the trees – letting go of what we no longer need.
While others wait until after the holidays, I’ve decided to do a self-imposed weight loss challenge to shed at least 15 lbs. by January 1. Then life happened. I had a specific milestone in mind before I stepped on the scale only to find I had gained some pounds during October. To reach my “magic number” (the milestone, not the ultimate destination), I’d need to lose 21 lbs. in two months to hit it. Game on!
As of today, I have let go of 7 lbs. and have 14 lbs. to go! How am I doing this? Aside from sticking to a whole food plant-based eating regime, I’m also keeping a close eye on the amount of oil that can slip into my meals when eating out. The magic bullet for me, though, is for at least 4-5 days a week I am doing the 16/8 intermittent fasting method.
This means you fast for 16 hours (i.e., from after dinner until lunchtime) and you eat within the remaining 8-hour period (lunch and dinner). Sound extreme? Intermittent fasting has been a natural part of life since the days of hunters and gatherers (though not intentional) and even now is an essential part of many different cultures and religions.
The benefits of practicing intermittent fasting are many as it’s shown to trigger a series of changes in your body down to the cellular level.
- It causes your insulin levels to drop, which improves insulin sensitivity, lowers blood sugar levels and burns fat.
- It increases levels of human growth hormone (HGH), triggering cellular regeneration which has been linked to improvements in body composition and decreased body fat.
- It causes your body to remove waste and toxins, keeping you healthier.
- And, some research suggests it may offer protection against chronic disease and brain aging by altering specific genes and molecules in your body.
Looking for a longer fast? Let me know and I’ll point you in the right direction.
Stay tuned for more results from my weight loss challenge and thanks for reading!