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I am not a doctor and I don’t give medical advice. All information and tools presented within this blog are intended for motivational purposes. Any health, diet or exercise advice shared here is not intended as medical diagnosis or treatment. If you think you have any type of medical condition you must seek professional advice even if you believe it may be due to diet, food or exercise. You should always consult a qualified practitioner before using any dietary, exercise or health advice from this blog.
My story begins like a lot of others – I’ve battled weight pretty much my whole life, etc. In my late 40s I started running and lifting weights and got down to my ideal weight of 120. Not only that, but I felt very fit and strong from the running and lifting. Then I developed severe psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis. Not just a little patch like the celebrities in the tv ads – my whole body was covered! I lost a bunch of my hair and was in constant pain. The pain in my body felt like I had a severe sunburn. I tried to continue running and lifting but I was always in too much pain.
Once we found a medicine to control the disease I did continue to make attempts to get back into running and lifting. But I never quite made it. I also started developing psoriatic arthritis.
I reached my heaviest in December of 2016. Again I felt inspired to lose the weight so I started walking with the intention of getting back to running. After 2 weeks I developed a severe pain in my foot – turns out my arthritis was flaring. But before I found out what was going on, I was told by my podiatrist to stay off of it as much as possible. Well – there goes my intentions to walk and lose weight.
But I knew I needed to do something to get some of this weight off! I was at the heaviest I had ever been and I knew that my weight couldn’t be good for my foot. I remembered that in the 80s and 90s I had lost quite a bit of weight following the Atkins diet. I couldn’t sustain that way of eating – I love carbs too much – but I thought it would at least help me get some of this weight off until I could get back to exercising and eating a “normal” diet again! Because I thought those were the magic bullets of weight loss – exercising and cutting calories.
So I reluctantly started counting carbs. And the weight started coming off. After about a month of counting my carbs I was reading another blog that I follow. This author had also been following a low carb diet to lose weight but recently had discovered intermittent fasting. His source was Dr. Jason Fung, a liver specialist in Canada. I found videos that Dr. Fung has on YouTube and my skepticism slowly turned into “maybe this works?”.
The science behind fasting for weight loss was very convincing, and I figured I could at least give it a try. I am not hungry first thing in the morning anyway, so it wasn’t hard for me to skip breakfast. From there I began moving my noon meal to a later time until I was just having an afternoon snack and then eating supper when I got home.
At this point I was looking for as much intermittent fasting info as I could find and I found a Facebook support group that a woman named Gin Stephens had started. I read her introductory post and was really intrigued by her idea of eating one meal a day. I had lengthened my fasting time to the point that I was already pretty much eating only one meal a day. I was so impressed with Gin’s information and Facebook group that I bought her book!
Intermittent Fasting and reading Gin’s book, “Delay, Don’t Deny”, have changed my life. I know, I know, that’s what people always say when they encounter something new and exciting! But I really don’t plan on ever eating any other way.
So many friends have questions about IF/OMAD. That’s why I decided to start this blog.
Agree or don’t agree. This is where I will share what I have learned about IF/OMAD – and I am a voracious reader and continue to learn as much as I can about this way of life. This is where I will share what I am learning. You can read it or not – it’s your choice. I just want as many people as possible to know about IF/OMAD because there are so many benefits besides the weight loss!