Start Weight:(08 May 13) 160.9 lb
Current Weight:(18 Apr 14) 138.0 lb
Goal Weight:127.9 lb
following: Calorie Count
performance: losing 2.8 lb a week

I am a Canadian living and working in Taiwan. I have been around the world teaching Children English as a second language. I live this gig because it gives me time to travel and I can set a large portion of my schedule throughout the day for the things I want to do (since I work evenings).

I have lived my life with chronic Asthma. I used to have to carry around a puffer everywhere I went and take a puff before and after exercise. This January I decided I was done with all of that nonsense. I decided it was time to be the healthiest fittest me.

I have been going to the gym since January 3rd. I rotate 2-3 heavy weeks of intense exercise 5-6 days a week at an effort that leaves me wobbling as I walk back to the change room with a week of lighter, more chilled out recovery week, where I scale back the weights and incorporate hill walking and exercise around 60% of my maximum heart rate. Keeping my body in the "fat burning zone"

More recently I have moved to a low carb-ish diet. On heavy weeks of exercise I will be eating a max of 50g of Carbs while on my lighter weeks, shooting for 15-25 net carbs. I have also been incorporating intermittent fasting into my mornings.I don't have my first real "meal" until about 12pm- 1pm. I wake up with a coffee filled with coconut oil (about 240 calories of full fat. I then go to the gym and blast the heck out of that fat)

Following this plan, in a month and a half I have lost 24 pounds. I am always full. I eat amazing and tasty foods and I am feeling the greatest I have ever felt in my life. The key I have found is eating whole foods. Foods the way they were meant to be, with all of their fat, calories and protein intact. Simple straight up whole foods, the ones our ancestors ate while they were out, running around, being chased by predators and fending for their lives in the search of filling that hunger pit.

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RDI--shoot for reaching it or not?
This idea has come up a few times and I have wondered it myself. In my personal opinion I shoot for a bear minimum of 1200 and try to reach my RDI each day. I want my body to know that food is always available and we (my body and I ) will not starve. I want my body to know it doesn't need to hold on for dear life to the fat that I have for some unforeseeable rainy day in the future. I think if you feed your body, it feels safe and will work harder for you to achieve your goals. This is just my opinion. Good luck with everything !!
posted 24 Feb 2014, 18:30
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It's my understanding that there should be absolutely no carbohydrates or proteins of any kind in the morning coffee. I have been following Dave Asprey "the bulletproof executive" and his "bulletproof coffee" http://www.bulletproofexec.com/category/coffee-2/

He uses an intense mix he has created called brain octane, but it can be switched with coconut oil. I would assume that almond milk would contain a few carbohydrates that would actually be pulling your body out of the fast? Not sure though.

I do a modified fast, everyday. So each day I don't eat until 12-2pm. I have found that the coconut il in my coffee goes directly to my brain. Within 10 minutes of drinking my coffee I am ready for anything. What kind of Intermittent fasting are you doing Marlene? Whole days without food or windows of eating times?

Marlene1952 wrote:
Hey Danyellehawk, Smile

I don't do coconut oil, however I use Almond milk. I've been doing Intermittent Fasting on Sunday's, Tuesday's and Thursdays' since the beginning of January and I found out that using Almond milk during my Fast does not or did not change the effects of my losing weight what so ever.
So I can see where coconut oil wouldn't either.
posted 19 Feb 2014, 18:49
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I am not speaking to the duration of the exercise mentioned. But I will say, going keto is one of the best things I have ever done. I have never seen such a quick and amazing response from my body. I also include an intermittent fast, although I include Virgin coconut oil into a coffee in the morning. It's a bit of a trick, it's 100% fat content doesn't bring my body out of the fast to process any proteins, or carbs. Just keeps fuelling the fat I'm already burning. Coconut oil contains MCT, which breaks down quickly and is used easily by the body. I would actually like to include MCT oil in my coffee, but I can't get ahold of it where I am living. Do any other intermittent fasters out there include coconut oil into their fasts?
posted 19 Feb 2014, 08:20

I was giving my personal opinion according to my personal experience. That's soooo excellent. Thank you so much. I can't believe I had an extra 30 pounds of water in my body. Your expert opinion backed by science here, has really helped me understand. I cant wait to lose another 10 pounds of water. Soo excited for that. I didn't realize that all of this fat was really just water.

My carbs have been severely restricted for over a month and a half now. I dropped that water in my first week of low carb. My body didn't just suddenly hold on to 7 pounds of water. I am not eating enough glycogen to ever store that much water. But your scientific opinion means so much to everyone... Thanks
posted 19 Feb 2014, 02:59
When I was 30 pounds heavier than I am now, I was eating about 300-400 calories less. I only started losing weight after increasing my calories and reducing the time spent between meals. I now eat every 2-3 hours. 2-300 calories each time. Everyone is different, but if you underfeed your body, your metabolism will eventually slow to an expected amount of calories. if you only eat 1,000- 1,200 calories a day, your body will expect that from you. It will adjust the amount it lets you expend from stored fats accordingly. If you alternate between 80% of RDI one day to 100% the next I don't think something like that would have a detrimental effect.

This week I decided I was going to eat 95-100% of my RDI (which I set 300 cals lower than fatsecret recommended) and meeting those calories, I have lost around 7 pounds this week.
posted 19 Feb 2014, 02:43
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