This one's person's approach. It's been about 18 months so I guess that makes me an expert. I use my own un-scientific method. I acknowledge that I have zero expertise and yet am confidently charting my own course. This says a lot about my personality. I'm definitely not scared to be wrong!
Here are my rules.
No fasting on weekends...try not to blow it for the rest of the week!
I hereby do solemnly swear that fasting will not get in the way of my social obligations (that was my wife's contribution).
When fasting I will not eat before 3p but when ever I eat, that starts a 4 hour window.
During the window it's encourage to consume anything edible (doesn't even have to be in reach).
Chocolate, ice cream, and chocolate ice cream will all be a regular part of this diet.
Cheese and eggs will be a prominent part of this diet.
Fruit and vegetables will be a prominent part of this diet.
And while I may choose other things first, my BFF are the carbs. All carbs from all races, sexual orientation, religion...I'm an equal opportunity carb eater.
I will eat until I'm full...ever day. Feel the stretch. And then start the clock.
Here are my conclusions after 18 months.
It was hard at first but it gets easier
There is one point in the day when it's hard, but after it's hard it keeps getting easier
I appreciate my food a little more and care less about delicacies.
I have a new relationship with almonds. They are quite empowering.
I don't lose weight any more using this approach, but I'm maintaining well.
I probably do drink more coffee, tea and Diet Coke's as a result. Yes, all three in a day...every day.
I imagine (again, no science) and proclaim with great confidence that this is a healthier lifestyle and I will be rewarded with a longer life for which I've had to adjust my financial planning because I've declared that I'm living to the age of 105. I can't imagine how cranky I will be by then!
The big finish....
I do better with rules that are black and white...most diets require shading and apparently I don't do shade.
I've learned the difference between being hungry in my head and hungry in my belly.
My doctor says that my numbers look much better.
My wife thinks I'm a ridiculous idiot.
July 20, 2019
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