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

mrspackrat's Weight History

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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mrspackrat's Latest Posts

Eat to Live
Vegetarians have to be careful about vit B12 deficiency and the effects come later in life in terms of Alzheimers. Supplementing is ok but the best sources of vit B12 come from animal sources.
posted 08 Apr 2014, 09:07
Eat to Live
I think a lot of his information is valuable and many people should shift more to plant-based foods vs the stuff they are eating. Even if you follow it 85-90% of the time, I bet you'll see some nice results. Just make lifestyle changes, not temporary changes because weightloss becomes temporary too.
posted 07 Apr 2014, 17:57
Need morning energy during 16:8
Draglist, if I can interpret, the short answer to "will coconut oil break my fast" is yes because anything but water breaks a true fast, however, your body will still reap the benefits from fasting even if you consume it during your fast period because coconut oil is a fat (and the type of fat it is matters too I think). So fast loss, lower blood sugar/insulin, autophagy (the way the body that deals with destruction of cells), etc., will still be achieved even if you don't stick to a true fast (water only).
posted 07 Apr 2014, 12:57
Need morning energy during 16:8
Draglist, I found this which I think answers your question on coconut oil in your morning coffee and if it will break your fast (excerpt from the article):

"“Doesn’t This Break the Fast?”

This is the most common question I get as how this also can fit into an IF or 2 Meals lifestyle.

In short “Yes”, as anything but water “breaks” a true fast.

However I also like to ask the question “What particular benefit are you looking to maintain with 100% fasting?”.

If it is lower blood sugar/insulin, then that is still maintained as fat alone should not impact levels (like protein and carbs will).

If it is for autophagy, then you are still having the proper environment with lower insulin/blood sugar and protein intake. Also combined with caffeine will help through mTOR/p70S6K inhibition (inverse relationship with autophagy).

Still want to burn fat? Well coconut oil shown above will increase EE (energy expenditure) and not inhibit overall fat oxidation. In fact one small study (Klein S, 1992) done comparing metabolic parameters of a fasted state vs lipid (fat) only showed:

Changes in plasma glucose, free fatty acids, ketone bodies, insulin, and epinephrine concentrations during fasting were the same in both the control and lipid studies.

While no one really just eats fat only all day, it showed that the metabolic parameters from fasting are more from carbohydrate restriction (protein was also restricted too).

So the real question becomes rather “Do you need a pure fast to reap the benefits or is there a better way to go about it?”.

For many especially those with compromised stress loads, adrenal/cortisol issues, lower bodyfat (making access to FFAs harder) or those with more mentally demanding jobs and needing more “brain fuel”, this may just be a better (or “gentler”) way to go about an IF/2 Meals protocol lifestyle.

I think of it more of an “enhanced” fast..or perhaps this is just progressing into IF 2.0."
posted 07 Apr 2014, 08:13
3 Pt. Chocolate Breakfast
posted 04 Apr 2014, 11:21
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02 February 2014

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

07 December 2013

Went to a Christmas party where I saw people I haven't seen in a year. It felt great to get so many comments on how skinny I look. Feeling great today ...

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