Intermittent Fasting For Weight Loss
Today I’ll be revealing my intermittent fasting 3 weeks results! Time is going by so quickly — just about another week until the final before and after… I’m very excited! Please be advised this post contains affiliate links. Let’s jump in!
UPDATE: 1 Month Intermittent Fasting Results (with photos)!
Why Intermittent Fasting?
As explained in my week 1 and week 2 intermittent fasting updates, I chose to try intermittent fasting after failing at literally every other attempt to lose weight.
For more detail on the background, check out either of those two posts.
To keep it cute, I’ll just say about a year ago I learned of intermittent fasting on the Reddit forums, r/fasting and r/intermittentfasting. But I was too chicken to give it a try.
I’m giving it a shot for the month of May 2018 and for funsies and accountability have chosen to share my results on the blog.
Here’s update #3.
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Week 3 Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss Plan
I went into week three with the goal of mimicking week 2. I wanted to continue the 16:8 plan, walk/jog 2 miles most days and do a little resistance training with these bad boys a couple nights during the week. The previous 2 weeks I didn’t miss a single day of fasting, and week 3 was no different. I crushed it!
Intermittent Fasting 3 Weeks Results
Starting weight: 169.0 | Ending weight: 167.2 | Weight lost: 1.8 lbs
Starting body fat %: 36.6% | Ending body fat %: 36.1% | Body fat % lost: 0.5%
Total intermittent fasting weight loss results:
Starting weight: 176.6 | Ending weight: 167.2 | Total weight lost: 9.4lbs
Starting body fat %: 38.8% | Ending body fat %: 36.1% | Total body fat % lost: 2.7%
My Experience Intermittent Fasting Week 3
General Observations – 3 Weeks Intermittent Fasting
This week was probably the most uneventful with intermittent fasting, but I think this is a GOOD thing. The newness and excitement wore completely off.
I got a little sick for a couple days and didn’t exercise or focus as much as I wanted. I began to obsess less over what hour I was on, didn’t track any calories or eat particularly clean.
And I even FINALLY allowed myself a sugary treat! The family and I went to the pier and ate churros. What was amazing is that it wasn’t a craving. And I haven’t had any additional sugar since.
This is pure magic because I could literally put away an entire box of candy without issue. I feel like my sugar addiction has truly been cured. Over 3 weeks with only one sugary treat and zero cravings? Eureeka!
I really like the “blahness” of this week. Usually, with a new diet or fitness program, I’m super excited in the beginning.
When week 3 or 4 hits and I lose steam, or life happens, it’s so easy to fall completely off. With this, there’s literally only ONE requirement — don’t eat for at least 16 hours.
Everything else is extra.
Meaning with very little effort I stayed on target. That’s really important to me for sustainability.
Exercise – 3 Weeks Intermittent Fasting
Like I said, my activity plummeted hard this week. I didn’t go to the gym at all, and only jogged/ran outside 2 days (maybe 3). I only also lifted weights exactly once, for 22 minutes.
Diet – 3 Weeks Intermittent Fasting
My diet was whatever too. I ate salads most days but went to the pier on the beach and ate shrimp, potatoes, garlic bread, fries and churros one day too! Thoroughly enjoyable. I was happy to not really track or care this week!
Benefits Of Intermittent Fasting 3 Weeks
- Sugar cravings zero: I think this is the biggest takeaway and probably will remain so
- I still lost weight: With zero effort on my part, I still lost as much weight as I would have with a “normal” diet plan with working out hard
- Fasting is way easier than ever: As you can see in the above image, I’m hitting super long stretches before eating. This is by accident. Just not as hungry!
- Proof that it’s sustainable: If literally ALL I have to do at the very least is just not eat, I’m convinced it’s going to work for the long-haul. Most of the time I have the energy to work out and eat clean. But it’s nice to know that if I don’t, I’m still good. By contrast with low-carb dieting you lose weight but if you come off low carb for a week you start to gain almost immediately. No thanks.
Week 4 Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss Plan
It’s the home stretch already and I can’t believe it! I’m not gonna lie — doing this publicly makes me want to go hard and maximize my results, so I think I’m going to go apeshit lol.
Now that I’m over my cold and had a week of taking it easy, I feel pretty rested and revved up.
I do want to get back on my weight lifting. Having lost almost 10lbs I see a noticeable difference and think maybe with less fluff covering the muscles, sculpting will be more rewarding now.
So I want to do a bit more of that. Running also! I’d like to increase my speed and mileage.
For diet, I’m not so sure I want to change anything. I mean I’m fasting so long that I’ve pretty much made it to where I eat once a day. For the most part, I still crave fruits, veggies, and lean meats, so I’m just going to eat what I want.
I don’t think I’m in danger of overeating at all at this point. On a caloric basis, if I’m running 2-4 miles plus lifting weights and only eating one meal, it will be really hard to eat more calories than I’m burning in a day in one sitting.
So… no more calorie counting. Just responsible eating!
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