Start Weight:(29 Jul 11) 176.0 lb
Current Weight:(21 Jan 15) 137.0 lb
Goal Weight:137.1 lb
following: It's Not a Diet! It's a Lifestyle!
performance: Steady

Proudly in "maintenance" mode.

I'm a mom of 2 in my late 40's. My husband and I are watching what we eat for better health and weight loss. Never really overweight most of my life as I got older the weight just didn't seem to shed as easily. I made modifications to my diet going from a high carb diet (rich in cereals, breads, rice, pasta) to a better balanced diet of quality meats and lots of veggies.

I chose intermittent fasting to lose/maintain my weight. I follow the either the 16:8 (16 hr fast, 8 hr normal eating) or 5:2 way of eating (2 days, 500 calories fasting, 5 days normal eating). My "diet" or lifestyle as far as eating includes lots of nutrient-rich foods focused around fresh veggies, berries, nuts, quality proteins, good fats. I still eat some refined/packaged foods and sugar but on a limited basis.

My journey started when saw a vacation picture and realized it was nearly degrees and I was covered head-to-toe in clothing. I was so angry when I saw that picture and from that point was determined to make a change.

FatSecret member since: 30 Aug 10

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mrspackrat's Cookbook

cals: 301kcal | fat: 10.26g | carbs: 23.87g | prot: 26.33g
Turkey Enchilada Casserole
Sensational layered tortillas and ground turkey with enchilada sauce and reduced fat cheese.
cals: 378kcal | fat: 6.71g | carbs: 65.09g | prot: 16.97g
Mexican Style Quinoa and Black Beans
A yummy, healthy main dish with black beans and quinoa.
cals: 124kcal | fat: 1.11g | carbs: 11.90g | prot: 16.46g
Chicken Soup with Whole Grain Noodles
Perfect for cold and flu season, with plenty of natural flavor and vegetables.
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Weight loss jumpstart--intermittent fasting
I practice intermittent fasting too. Nothing wrong with it and it helps in improving insulin sensitivity which is one of the primary reasons people have a hard time shedding excess fat.

You can do the 5:2 which is 2 days of 500 calories (600 for men) and 5 days of regular eating. This type of fast you can eat anything within the calorie limit and drink water, tea, coffee. The fast lasts from the time you wake up to the next morning. The 2 days you pick can be any 2 days of the week, they do not need to be the same days each week.

You can do the 16:8 which is 8 hours of normal eating, 16 hours of fasting. During the 16 hour fast window, you should only have water, coffee, tea. During the 8 hour window, eat anything but stay within your RDI.

As someone said, there are other variations. Here are some articles:

I love fasting and thought it would be just something I'd start to kickstart my weightloss but I love the benefits so much that I continue to do it today.
posted 29 Jan 2015, 11:27
not loosing weight
First, stavation mode is not real. Second, are you sure that's all the calories you consume? You don't log your food, you could be overeating due to your workout schedule not realize it. Third, have you tried switching up your workout? Our bodies get used to the same old routine. If you are eating under your RDI and are not seeing a weightloss, you should look at what you are eating too. There are foods you can eat which help improve the body's use the fat stores you have for fuel, increase insulin sensitivity and glucose health, etc. I just posted in another thread some of the tips.
posted 27 Jan 2015, 10:56
Not Losing Weight !! Advice Needed!!
There's no way you are burning 500 calories an hour walking. What I did was concentrate on total calories consumed, any exercise was just a bonus. If you must net exercise calories against your food calories, only count on about 200-300 kcals. To determine my RDI, I took my goal weight x 10 (or use one of the recommended calculators) but it's not recommended to go below 1200.

If you are exercising and eating under your RDI, but still are not seeing a weightloss, then look at the quality of food you are eating. There's a few things you can do to help the body use the fat stores you have for fuel, increase insulin sensitivity and glucose health, elevate protein synthesis and support optimal hormone levels for fat loss:

1. Get Enough Omega-3 Fats - If your cells are made up of unhealthy fat, they will not bind with insulin easily, which leads to fat gain and elevated cortisol—the stress hormone.

2. Get Plenty of Probiotic Bacteria which aids in digestion.

3. Optimize Protein Intake - it is preferred by the body to build muscle and tissue instead of being stored as fat.

4. Get Enough Zinc, Magnesium, Vitamin D - adequate vitamin D in the body will increase fat burning directly, but it also suppresses the production of enzymes that cause the body to store fat. There’s evidence that higher vitamin D suppresses hunger and increases insulin sensitivity, leading people to eat less.

Magnesium also makes the cell receptors more sensitive to insulin, and this mineral has been shown to be inversely linked to body fat—higher magnesium means you’ll be leaner.

Zinc also plays a primary role in insulin health by improving the production of enzymes that protect the cells, and it helps detoxify inflammatory biomarkers that get in the way of metabolic function.

5. Support Detoxification with B Vitamins and Methylated Folate - B vitamins are necessary to help the body eliminate environmental toxins and excess hormones such as estrogen (avoid soy products which mimics estrogen). People who eat a high protein-diet increase their demand for B vitamins, which takes away from the pool needed for elimination and may inhibit fat loss.

Full article:

posted 27 Jan 2015, 10:48
Just Started ~ Right Now
One year I had 4 deaths within 6 months, the last one I couldn't even attend the funeral, it was too overwhelming. I'd like to recommend a book, Embraced by the Light by Betty J. Eadie. You should be able to get it from your local library. It's a wonderful book.

On getting started, taking care of our bodies is the first step to healing our minds and spirit. Start small with walking a little each day if that's physically possible. Then look at your food choices, make the calories count (processed foods and their preservatives, additives, dyes, etc., are hard on our bodies and are higher in calories). Get fresh, whole foods and watch your portions. When you are ready, start logging your food. Even healthy food when overconsumed causes weight gain.

Good luck!

posted 27 Jan 2015, 09:49
upper body melt down
If you tend to gain belly fat easily and have a difficult time getting rid of it, there’s a strong likelihood that you’re producing too much cortisol. Here's just a few things to consider:

- Get 7-9 hours of quality sleep
- Eat foods rich in or supplement magnesium, Vit C and Zinc, all help balance your body’s production of cortisol
- Eat more omega 3 fats/cut bad fats, omega 3 fats reduce corisol levels, improve insulin sensitivity and improve metabolism.

posted 26 Jan 2015, 15:32
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