Reached goal after 3 months on fast 800 & extended fasting

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  • posted by LouiseKangooroo
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    Hi all,
    It’s been 3 months since something in me finally clicked and I decided to look after my health. I thought it would be great to take time to reflect, tell my story and how I reached goal. I know that I loved reading those stories when I started and it would be a great motivation so I’m hoping mine helps some people.

    Discarded 2 st & 2 lbs / 14kg! 🙂 
    I’m now 64.9kg or 10st 2, a weight I haven’t been for 7 years. So happy! Here are some poor photos of a before and now https://ibb.co/64cQFVW

    Everything started when I read an article in the Guardian about MM’s new book and purchased it online the same day. I started calorie counting straight away as I didn’t want to put it out for another day but since I hadn’t read the book yet, I was still eating high carbs but keeping calories below 800.

    Once I read the book and understand the science behind it, going low carbs was one of the best thing I did. The magical mild ketosis state with no hunger, constant energy and mental clarity is the best feeling in the world.
    Thanks to the help and support of this forum, I went on to discover Jason Fung and his books. They resonated with me and after 4 weeks on the fast 800 I started to experiment with 24hrs fasting, and slowly increased to my now usual 3 days fast.I am mostly eating under 20 gr of carbs per day, keeping proteins between 65-80gr and the rest is fat. I stopped counting my calories which feels strangely liberating.

    I believe this new WOE is manageable long term as during the 12 weeks, I went on holiday in Bali and relaxed my eating habits but couldn’t wait to come back to my new WOE. So I both manage to stay the same weight while enjoying my holiday and I also couldn’t wait to come back to this routine. That would have never happened before this WOE.

    Friends and family are all commenting on my new face and body, telling me that I have melted. Best of all, 4 friends have now joined OH and I on the low carbs wagon and having great results too!
    I’m not ready to move to maintenance as I recently had a DEXA scan (ie full body scan that tells your body composition, how much bone, how much muscles and how much fat). 

    My results are here https://ibb.co/DLt8v7Y
    Following the scan, it turns out that I have 36% body fat and a woman my age should aim to be below 30%. Also most of my fat is in the abdominal region which makes it even more important to shift… Therefore I will discard a further 10lbs/5kg and that would bring me to 30% bf. I’m a little concern at how slim I will look then, don’t want to look gaunt – but maybe it’s only getting used to my new face…

    Equipped with all my knowledge and experience I am VERY confident that this is achievable and I will have the healthier body since my 20’s by the end of the year.
    Thanks Michael Mosley, and thanks to this forum and its beautiful members! 🙂

    ETA my detailed stats are under my profile for those who are number geeks like me. 

  • posted by MerryMelba
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    Wow! Thank you for your inspiring story Louise🌺. Your journey has been remarkable and you have really embraced this WOE. Many congratulations on your successes.
    I couldn’t access the first link in your post of the photos. But Dexa scans show such an improvement!
    Did you see that Gary Taubes (Why we get fat) is speaking in Melbourne soon? Some of your friends who are new to this may be interested.
    KOKO Louise. High fives all round. 🤲

  • posted by LouiseKangooroo
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    Thanks @merrymelba 🙂
    Not sure why the link in my original post didn’t work – maybe this one https://ibb.co/64cQFVW
    I saw you mentioned that event coming up, sorry forgot to reply, I checked my calendar and sadly I’m already committed that night
    Im gutted, would have loved to attend!!

  • posted by MelBelle
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    Thanks for sharing @LouiseKangaroo! I find everyone’s stories on here sooo encouraging. I agree that this diet is much easier to restart after a break than any other I have tried.

    I started on 7th July, two months ago. I’ve gone from 58 kgs to 52.6 kgs today. I have had 3 weeks in there where I did not try to follow the diet (all my kids birthdays, a ski trip, and I’ve found the week before my period is nearly impossible to mentally handle and not eat chocolate). My early 20s weight was 50 kgs (I’m only 5 foot) and I would like to see if I can get there or at least fit into some of those clothes. I think because of my size I lose weight more slowly (probably should be doing Fast 700, but not too worried about it). The magic thing for me was finding out there is quite a difference (for me at least) between 12:12 fasting and 14:10 or 16:8. I don’t manage 16:8 every day, but try to a couple of days a week.

  • posted by MerryMelba
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    Thanks Louise – that link worked. An wonderful set of photos – I can see why you are over the moon!

  • posted by Jennie10
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    Hi Louise
    That’s a brilliant result and love the before and after photos – well done that woman!!
    Jennie xx

  • posted by LouiseKangooroo
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    Sorry @melbelle I missed you reply earlier! Well done on your 6kgs discard, it’s a brilliant result over summer, especially with 3 weeks on a loser schedule. Impressive!
    I have found the same regarding intermittent fasting, a 16:8 will give me much better results than 12:12 or 14:10 if only in helping managing hunger cues.
    Keep working towards your 50kg goal, I have no doubt that you can reach it – or maybe we’ll find that we are happy a little bit above goal, who knows!!

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