|Start Weight:||(15 Jul 13) 163.6 lb|
|Current Weight:||(16 Sep 14) 156.5 lb|
|Goal Weight:||135.0 lb|
following: 5:2 Fast Diet
performance: gaining 7.0 lb a week
50 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 where I started using Fatsecret at 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. 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've stuck to it for a fully year now 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 losing weight and why people find maintaining weight loss so hard. The less you weigh, the less you have to eat or you'll gain weight. 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.