|Start Weight:||(05 Feb 15) 163.0 lb|
|Current Weight:||(09 Feb 16) 161.6 lb|
|Goal Weight:||143.0 lb|
following: sjdallas's own diet
performance: gaining 0.4 lb a week
51 years old in Colorado. I started using Fatsecret in Feb 2011 and went from about 183 lbs to a low of 146 in the summer of 2012. I lost the weight by strictly counting calories (weighing ever gram of food I eat). The heaviest I've ever been was 194 lbs and my average as an adult was around 183 lbs. At 5' 7 1/2", according to BMI, I should be under 155 to not be overweight.
I started training in late June 2013, and ran my first 1/2 marathon in September. Did it mainly just to see if increasing my running times would finally get rid of my belly fat that I've had my entire (literally) life. That has always been my goal--a flat stomach. Which is something I've never had. And I will do it. I've run for 30 years now and when I've gotten my weight down below 150 my wife says I look gaunt. But I still have a lot of belly fat and I want a flat stomach. They say there's no way to spot reduce fat so the only way I know to get rid of the belly fat is to keep losing overall fat.
I started on the Fast 5:2 diet with a Fatsecret challenge on July 15th 2013 and I stuck to it for a full year without missing a single week of fasting (600 calories or less) two days each week. I found that, for me at 150 lbs, this diet allowed me to maintain my weight and eat, mostly what I wanted, 5 days a week. And I'm one who is hungry all the time. The fasting helps me continually know that I can ignore hunger. Obviously the less you weigh, the less food your body needs to maintain itself. So that is the curse of weighing less and why people find maintaining weight loss so hard. I say 'obviously' but I don't think most people think that through when attempting to lose weight. I know I didn't. So intermittent fasting helps me maintain.
In September 2014 I decided to try the 8-hour diet. Did that for a month and gained 5 lbs. Went back to 5:2 until Christmas 2014 when I stopped for a few weeks and gained 10 lbs. I'm back on 5:2 now while also limiting calories on the other 5 days.