Intermittent Fasting Results 1 Month
Today I’ll be revealing my intermittent fasting one-month results, with before and after photos! The process was really interesting, and I learned a ton. I’m pleased with my results and am super excited to share everything about my intermittent fasting one-month experiment!
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Why Intermittent Fasting?
As explained in my week 1, week 2 and week 3 intermittent fasting updates, I tried intermittent fasting after failing at every other attempt to lose weight for several years. For more detail on the background, check out either of those posts.
Briefly, about a year ago I learned of intermittent fasting on the Reddit forums, r/fasting and r/intermittentfasting. The good folks over on that forum highly recommended this Kindle book, so I grabbed that and read up even more (SERIOUSLY, GET THIS BOOK, IT’S AMAZING)… But I was too scared to try it for myself.
For the month of May 2018 I gave it a try, and for funsies and accountability thought it would be neat to track my progress here on the blog.
Here are the final results!
One Month Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss Schedule
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I chose a 16:8 intermittent fasting schedule. The goal was to fast for at least 16 hours daily and eat all my day’s food within an 8-hour window.
This usually meant skipping breakfast and eating around 11 am or noon and having my last bite of food between 7 and 8 pm.
For exercise, I wanted to walk/run at least 2 miles most days of the week and throw in some in-home weight training, using these adjustable dumbbells (click here for an in-depth review), and a little yoga at my leisure.
Like 20 minutes a few times a week.
I also wanted to make more effort to just be outside.
Like walk with my toddler to the park and toss the ball around with him.
I didn’t really have a “diet” or off-limits food list, other than sugar.
I’ve had some mean sugar cravings since quitting alcohol 6 months ago and wanted to keep this under control.
Overall I wanted to eat healthier, mostly home-cooked foods, but nothing was really on the no-eat list.
My main goal was to just keep an intermittent fasting schedule for one month.
I didn’t want to get too strict about everything else.
I figured keeping it simple would help me see the effect of the intermittent fasting schedule itself, not necessarily compound effects of sticking to a strict diet or workout routine.
Intermittent Fasting Results Before And After
Starting weight: 176.6 | Ending weight: 166.8 | Weight lost: 9.8 lbs
Starting body fat %: 38.8% | Ending body fat %: 35.9% | Body fat % lost: 2.9%
Intermittent Fasting Results Before & After Pictures
My Experience Intermittent Fasting One Month
This month has taught me so much about myself.
Looking at the photos honestly, I’m not thrilled with the outcome.
I was hoping for a more dramatic difference, but the scale, fat percentage and inches measurements tell a different story.
It’s super important to track different metrics to get the big picture.
The first three weeks intermittent fasting were easy-peasy, though that’s always the case with something new (at least for me). The “newness” of it all and instant results are motivating.
It’s still exciting and you don’t get bored of eating clean or exercising. Also, life hasn’t yet thrown curveballs.
Things Finally Unraveled
My last week intermittent fasting one month completely unraveled and it was hard for me to stay the course.
I got really sad about that, too. But I’m feeling better now.
Though I fasted properly leading up to the Memorial Day holiday, I ate some foods I shouldn’t have during our holiday celebration, and that was mistake #1.
I started to seriously crave fast food after that.
I didn’t cook or meal prep that Sunday as usual, so I wound up eating out a lot that final week.
It all went downhill from there.
My son got sick and we had to take him to the hospital.
Seeing him so unwell was heartbreaking. I literally told my husband “I’m going to emotionally eat my feelings now”… and we went to Fatburger.
This was a setup.
Not only did I eat a huge burger and fries, but I ate it late at night well past my feasting window (I usually quit around 7 or 8… I ate this burger at 10:30 pm).
Eating such an unhealthy meal so late at night meant my next feasting window wasn’t until 2:30 pm the next day!
With the added fun of making me feel starved early in the morning, too. And not for healthy food, either.
I caved, and ate more, outside of my feasting window.
More unhealthy food, which I continued to crave more and more of.
After I ate it I’d feel lethargic, have digestive issues and just feel “blah”.
So, I’d eat more.
I never really hit binge eating territory, thankfully, and I only broke the fasting window on that one occasion, but I don’t feel good about unraveling the way I did.
Eating unhealthily, feeling nauseous, bloated, slow, lazy and just gross overall has been hard to bounce back from.
It’s a huge lesson to myself to try to be as prepared as possible.
Nobody’s perfect, so I don’t expect to nail it 100% each and every time, but really?
What are they putting in fast food to make it do all that?
After eating mostly clean for the first three weeks maybe my body was used to something different.
The immediate, horrible effects of fast food became glaringly apparent and it’s nothing I want to repeat again.
Glad that’s over!
Intermittent Fasting One Month — Sugar Cravings Still Gone
One of the best outcomes I immediately noticed from day one was the removal of my sugar cravings.
I’m SO pleased that they are still gone!
I ate sugary treats a total of 3 times since starting intermittent fasting, expecting it to re-trigger me.
But it hasn’t!
I’m still actively avoiding sugar for the most part, but I think 2-3 sugary treats each month isn’t too crazy.
I’ll indulge if I feel like it.
At this point, it’s safe to say my sugar addiction is cured!
I feel like a normal lady!
Intermittent Fasting and Exercise
I think my experience for the month is something I can expect for myself, in general, going forward.
Starting out strong in the beginning and tapering out over time, then getting back on track is normal for me.
I thought sobriety would be the magic pill that would give me consistency with diet and exercise, but that has not been the case.
Throughout the years I’ve always been consistent with exercise overall.
I don’t think I’ve ever gone more than a week – two TOPS – without doing some exercise.
But it’s been common for me to start a new program, last 3-6 weeks, fall off, then pick back up.
That’s exactly what happened this time. And I still lost 10 lbs.
The first couple weeks were great.
The end sucked. Now I’m back at it.
I’m sure in a couple more weeks something else will happen, and I’ll pick myself up again too.
I’ve learned to be OKAY with this.
This is a huge win for intermittent fasting for me.
I feel like I can do the bare minimum 100% of the time – which is just DO THE FAST.
Some weeks I’ll go beast mode in the gym and eat only broccoli and kale (exaggerating).
Other weeks I’ll slip and order Domino’s pizza because I don’t want to cook.
But in the end, with the help of intermittent fasting, I’m confident it’ll even out.
I can dig it.
Benefits of Intermittent Fasting One Month
Here is a brief bullet-point summary of the best benefits of intermittent fasting for one month, given all the ups and downs I’ve experienced:
- Sugar cravings zero: This is the biggest takeaway. If I never lost a single pound I would STILL do a 16:8 plan just to kill the sugar beast.
- I still lost weight: Even with everything falling apart, I STILL got a good result. That kind of staying power is so important for someone who has problems with consistency.
- Intermittent fasting is simple: I love the simplicity. Even when I “fail” I still won. Out of 31 days, I made my fasting window 30 times. I like easy wins.
- It’s sustainable: No matter how busy I get, how unmotivated I am or what other ills life throws my way, I can do this.
- It’s flexible: If I’m hungry, I eat. Bottom line. The flexibility of picking right back up again without skipping a beat is freeing!
- It doesn’t hinder socializing: We had two holiday celebrations this month. Both times I fit fasting in without having to tell anybody what I was doing. This is important to me.
- It saves money: save lots of moneyEating less sure does. This may be an unconventional approach to saving money, sure, but it does help!
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The Downside of Intermittent Fasting One Month
- Hunger is still uncomfortable: I only experienced an uncomfortable level of hunger after eating fast food. Fully acknowledging exactly why this happened, I can still say it was absolutely miserable. I did go ahead and feed myself when this happened, but it was still really terrible. I kind of also felt bad like I let myself down when I did this.
- Some compulsive desire to “push it”: I still feel the desire to push it to longer fasts sometimes, though I’m not going to. Still, the compulsion is there and I’m not really a fan.
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