Okay, a goal without a plan is a plan to fail. Yes, I do have a plan.
So my starting point is that I’m 389.4 pounds and need to evict 249 pounds. It would be foolhardy for me to think for a moment that I could evict all that in a year. It took more than a year to get on there and I expect it will take more than a year to evict it. The goal this year is to evict the first 50 pounds. If I manage to meet that goal before the end of the year then any additional is a running start on the next round.
My plan has to be sustainable, this is going to be a long term effort. I have to create a calorie deficit that I can repeat over and over. I know, it seems the logical answer to that is just eat less at meals. Sadly I’ve proved to myself that the more focused I am on eating smaller portions the more I crave not only food but foods I’d not normally bother eating. It’s a lot like trying to think zero thoughts… the more you try not to think, the more you think.
Studies have shown that the body remains in the ‘fed state’ for four to six hours after eating. Once the body moves out of the fed state it’s then triggered to start burning fat stores, and I have plenty of those. So it would seem that I need to make sure that my body passes the fed state for a period of time before once again putting it in fed state. The logical solution would be intermittent fasting, Therein lies my plan.
Brad Pilon wrote a book a few years ago which explored a wide range of published studies and reports on the subject of weight loss, exercise and fasting. I’ve been reading through “Eat, Stop, Eat” and have reached the conclusion that I’m going to work on his suggested plan of intermittent fasting coupled with moderate eating. The fasting periods creates a calorie deficit, by not eating more between the fasts the deficit encourages weight eviction.