I haven’t worked out in two weeks, but I planned that (well sort of – it was supposed to be a single week off, but two felt really good).
I have, however, changed some things about how I eat. I mentioned last week that I’m now doing Intermittent Fasting where I eat only between the hours of noon and 8pm. The way it’s supposed to work is that you still eat your regular three meals during that time, but with my schedule it never works out that way. I tend to eat only 2 meals with a small snack.
It turns out when I eat has a huge impact! More-so than what I eat (though I will concede that the calories eaten in only two meals still falls around my target caloric intake).
I am insulin resistant. This study talks about how this small amount of fasting each day affects insulin sensitivity (emphasis mine):
A total of seven studies were found. Increased insulin sensitivity, as indicated by decreased fasting concentrations of glucose and insulin, has been demonstrated in rodents on alternate-day fasts both with (19,28,33) and without (17) decreased calorie intake. Anson et al. showed that mice on alternate-day fasting regimen who consume the same amount of food in a 48-hour period as mice fed ad libitum, decreased glucose and insulin concentrations to a similar degree as did mice on daily calorie restriction despite maintained energy intake and body weight (17). In another study, as little as two 24 hour fasts per week, without calorie reduction overall, were sufficient to improve insulin sensitivity in mice (46). In diabetic rats, alternate-day fasting reduces blood pressure, normalizes HDL levels, protects against glomerular damage and prevents development of diabetes nephropathy (32). These findings suggest beneficial effects on glucose metabolism and improved markers associated with obesity and the metabolic syndrome.
Yes I know that snippet is talking about findings in animals – but it’s promising. And if my results are any indication – there is truth to it.
Starting Weight: 233.6
Last Weigh-in: 220.1
Current Weight: 218.1
I lost 4.6 pounds over the past two weeks! The weeks I haven’t worked out. I’m curious to see if this trend will continue once I start lifting again next week.
Neck: -1.25 (no change)
Waist: -2.5 (no change)
Hips: -4.25 (no change)
Thighs: -9.75 (up from last week)
Chest: -3.75 (up from last week(
Total: -26.75 inches
Something else that happened this week is that I finally started to see a difference in the way I look. I posted this on Facebook to show the difference in my face:
And yes, that July photo is awful (I hate curly hair) – but I still see progress.