Start Weight:(29 Jul 11) 176.0 lb
Current Weight:(22 Mar 14) 137.1 lb
Goal Weight:135.0 lb
following: It's Not a Diet! It's a Lifestyle!
performance: Steady

I'm a mom of 2 in my late 40's. My husband and I are watching what we eat for better health and weight loss. Never really overweight most of my life as I got older the weight just didn't seem to shed as easily. I made modifications to my diet going from a high carb diet (rich in cereals, breads, rice, pasta) to a better balanced diet of quality meats and lots of veggies.

I chose intermittent fasting to lose/maintain my weight. I follow the either the 16:8 (16 hr fast, 8 hr normal eating) or 5:2 way of eating (2 days, 500 calories fasting, 5 days normal eating). My "diet" or lifestyle as far as eating includes lots of nutrient-rich foods focused around fresh veggies, berries, nuts, quality proteins, good fats. I still eat some refined/packaged foods and sugar but on a limited basis.

My profile picture is a combination of my very first picture I posted on FS at my heaviest and a picture of me now. I was so angry when I saw that picture. It was 80 degrees or hotter and I was covered head to toe! It was at that moment that I started my quest to lose weight.

FatSecret member since: 30 Aug 10

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mrspackrat's Latest Member Challenges

  Making It Through The Holidays Part 1 Halloween
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  10 lbs in 10 weeks
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mrspackrat's Cookbook

cals: 301kcal | fat: 10.26g | carbs: 23.87g | prot: 26.33g
Turkey Enchilada Casserole
Sensational layered tortillas and ground turkey with enchilada sauce and reduced fat cheese.
cals: 378kcal | fat: 6.71g | carbs: 65.09g | prot: 16.97g
Mexican Style Quinoa and Black Beans
A yummy, healthy main dish with black beans and quinoa.
cals: 124kcal | fat: 1.11g | carbs: 11.90g | prot: 16.46g
Chicken Soup with Whole Grain Noodles
Perfect for cold and flu season, with plenty of natural flavor and vegetables.
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IF Question
Draglist, I am doing 1 thing he recommended in his article which is having a small amount of protein and greens. I mix a high quality whey with mixed greens in a blender. It's a great drink! Supposedly this may actually increase the benefits you get from fasting. I'm definatly going to continue with that habit if anything just to get some much needed protein added to my diet.
posted 22 Jul 2014, 17:11
IF Question
It's like anything, there are always various opinions. It does make sense that if you have a heavy meal that it will take a long time to digest. I read and reread his comments on circadian rythyms and my eyes glazed over Smile I didn't think IF was that scientific lol
posted 21 Jul 2014, 12:25
IF Question
I ran into this article and am not sure if the information is out of date (from 2012) and I know nothing about the author or his book.

This is the first time I've read about net fasting (after a meal has been digested). I've been doing the 16:8 and have never accounted for disgestion time.

While I'm fasting for weightloss what I'm more intersted in is the health benefits gained from fasting so I want to be sure I'm doing it in the most beneficial way.

Does anyone have any thoughts on this?
posted 21 Jul 2014, 09:22
Bella, I was just joking, yes in moderation is fine. I just prefer weights or HIIT to hours of cardio.
posted 17 Jul 2014, 09:29
gnat824 wrote:
I understand that, mrspackrat and I'm not disputing that anything that you say is true. In the short term, you might have to manage your carbs differently to increase your insulin sensitivity. But while insulin resistance interferes with the underlying functions of your body. Low carbs simply doesn't change the basics or "reprogram" how your body works, as so many people seem to think. You're just managing the inputs.

I tend to think of carbs not in terms of how many I need to eat to sustain my body but in terms of how many I can get away with Wink So much yummy goodness!

I agree that it won't "reprogram" the way your body is intended to work but what low carb does is fix what went wrong and get your body working the right away again. It's very hard to reverse insulin resistance and enjoy all those "yummy" carbs as you put it. At least not in the interim.
posted 16 Jul 2014, 11:53
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30 May 2014

Just had the worst lunch ever. If everyone was forced to eat my cooking, the world would NOT have a weight problem :)

02 February 2014

Despite being laid up, holding steady :)
on diet It's Not a Diet! It's a Lifestyle!  steady weight

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For anyone interested in alternate day fast, The Fast Diet, The Longevity diet, 5:2 Diet or any similar fasting program

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