How have you been able to permanently lose weight?

Weight loss was never a problem for me when I was in my 20’s and 30’s. Although it was not an easy task, it so happens to be a lot easier, and less of a headache than now in my early 40’s. That’s not to say that age is the factor here – it’s not entirely the right way to steer this conversation- it’s more so the damage that’s accumulated as a result of what I put my body through during that period. Can you relate somewhat?

When losing a substantial amount of weight, it can be difficult to maintain for years on end. Life situations change, we change and so does our environment. Our metabolisms do slow down, and we may be subjected to moments of food. Laziness…

I was always able to maintain a steady amount of weight initially (in my 20’s and 30’s) although I was not completely happy with my body. We all have goals and loved the toned and muscular physique. So, I set out on the adventure of attaining it.

It’s when I embarked on physique competitors that it really took a turn for the best and then the worst! I’m not sure if you are aware of how strict a competitor’s diet is, and how we must stick to it (to the absolute gram) each and every day, experiencing extreme deprivation of normality. As you can imagine, this leads to massive cravings and bingeing when we resume normal life. Not the best way to celebrate your winning trophies, but a harsh reality that most people are not aware of. A lot of us (including me) then go on to experience very difficult times when nothing works for weight loss. This went on for me, somewhere along the lines of about 5–6 years. It was terrible, to go from shredded to lumpy.

Now, at age 41, I’m very happy with the results of fasting. it’s helped me to control my appetite, cravings, whilst stabilizing my insulin. For once, food is working for me, not the other way around. I’ve been able to increase strength, muscle mass and become the leanest I’ve been in many years. It’s a reality that our weight problems don’t always stem from food and exercise (as I was eating healthy), it’s a hormonal issue – namely insulin.

I know for sure that there are many people who have experienced superb results with Intermittent fasting, and I’m going to stick with this lifestyle change, and I always urge many people to try it for themselves. I never feel deprived, I can have my treats, I can also eat larger portions – and I don’t blow up like a balloon when I eat carbs anymore. it’s miraculous what happens to the body when you allow it to do its job and stop feeding it endlessly. This is a body building miss-hap and has led most of us towards accumulating fat stores.

The moral of the story is that I urge you not to torment yourself at any age, and to pick simplicity over complex. It’s far more sustainable to go for a duration without eating, than it is to constantly nit-pick at absolutely everything you eat during every meal. Plus, calorie restriction doesn’t work long term – and it does make our metabolism lazy. It’s not worth it in the end.

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