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Diet Day 845 - Intermittent Fasting

A few weeks ago, discouraged with steady but super slow weight loss, I decided to hit the accelerator and re-commit to losing another 30 pounds.

Then along came Intermittent Fasting.



Intermittent Fasting calls for eating only in an eight-hour window each day and fasting the other sixteen hours. Proponents claim that it favors muscle development, reduces inflammation, clears the liver and kidneys, and confers a host of related health benefits. There's some scientific evidence that these claims may be true.

Since I want to keep losing weight, I decided to continue the calorie restriction and "Pretty Good Paleo" style diet that has served me well so far. With IF I'm simply starting my food day three hours later than I was before.

Result? After two weeks, I have levels of physical energy, alertness, attention and mental clarity that I haven't had in 15 years. The only downside so far was a slight sleep disruption the first several nights.

When I told my doctor about these effects yesterday he said that I was basically describing improved thyroid function. (He's impressed. Blood tests are forthcoming.)

Indicators of change:
  • Switched to a standing workstation
  • Started taking daily walks at lunchtime because I really needed to move
  • Converted one bike commute per week to a more energy-intensive four-mile walk
  • Completed more open items at work in the last two weeks than in the preceding two months
  • Mood: positive and strong without jitters or nerves
  • Sinuses: cleared
  • Joint pain: greatly diminished
  • Blood pressure: excellent


If you're interested, start here. A cautionary look at science relating to IF and reproductive-age females is summarized here.

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