Intermittent fasting is slowly helping me lose weight - Sort of, I guess

By Scratch

PITTSBURGH (FFD) - Losing weight is a very hard thing to do and its not easy for fat slobs like you and me. I usually go strong for about a week on any diet plan and then get frustrated and give up completely. Hell, I might wake up with Sheetz hot dog lodged in my throat and still wrapped in foil.

  I scored a touchdown yesterday because I stuck to intermittent fasting - The 20 hours on, 4 hours off. Otherwise known as the 20:4.

I scored a touchdown yesterday because I stuck to intermittent fasting - The 20 hours on, 4 hours off. Otherwise known as the 20:4.

In case you’re not aware of how the Football Fan Diet works it is about counting touchdowns for your successes and giving up touchdowns for your failures. You can read more about it in the rules section of this website.

 Yesterday I scored a touchdown because I stuck to my intermittent fasting approach despite dealing with a social event. We had a birthday celebration in the family and there was pizza and Italian sandwiches—yummy. I even had a few beers.

  I hit the gym yesterday, so I got a field goal.

I hit the gym yesterday, so I got a field goal.

However, I kept gluttony all to within my a four hour eating window. When I do this I score a touchdown. This is called meeting my daily game day objective. At least, this is how I am fooling myself.

That being said, you can make your Daily Gameday Objective (DGO) whatever that you want. That is why the Football Fans Diet may be the most flexible way to diet or adopt a lifestyle change, that there is today.

Of course, it assumes you like football. If you don’t like football, well, there is Weight Watchers for you. Have fun with that.

Weight loss to date?

Since I started Season 47 it begs the question: how am I doing so far now that it has been about a month?

  I did have some beer yesterday. Man, it was damn good. Hey, it was a birthday celebration.

I did have some beer yesterday. Man, it was damn good. Hey, it was a birthday celebration.

I lost about 8 pounds.  

I started off kind of good in the first week and then in the second and third week it went really crappy. Last week was great though. Since last week I have been sticking strictly to intermittent fasting. I am burning body fat during the day and saving my appetite for a good meal at night. 

Dealing with unhealthy food addictions

This, my fat friend, is a tough one. Everything snowballs. The more garbage you eat, the more you want it. Eat enough garbage and suddenly healthy food tastes like crap.

Coach’s Insight: There is a corollary. The more healthy food you eat, the better it tastes, and suddenly unhealthy food tastes like what it is, crap.

My biggest challenge now is making that main meal, which I can only eat within a four hour window, as healthy as possible. That is hard to do when you’re addicted the unhealthy foods. However, I have noticed that when I exercise in a fasted state, I tend to crave more and more healthy options. Therein that fasted state lies the potential to be healthy—at least for me.  

Coach’s Insight: When Scratch exercises, he tends to eat more healthy food. His body tends to want that healthy whole food.

 As of this posting right now I am on my lunch break at work and sitting in a Panera bread in Cranberry Township, Pa. I am only having a diet beverage (even though I swore to give those up).

  One of the hardest things about losing weight for me, is that in my mind’s eye, my self image does not see with the mirror sees.    In my mind, I am not sure how I weigh over 300 pounds. I just don’t identify as a “big fella” as one friend put it recently, which caused me to call him paint head since he colors his hair.    Anyway, this picture shows that I am a freaking “big fella.” This picture proves that I am a Fat Mofo.

One of the hardest things about losing weight for me, is that in my mind’s eye, my self image does not see with the mirror sees.

In my mind, I am not sure how I weigh over 300 pounds. I just don’t identify as a “big fella” as one friend put it recently, which caused me to call him paint head since he colors his hair.

Anyway, this picture shows that I am a freaking “big fella.” This picture proves that I am a Fat Mofo.

Is Intermittent Fasting helping with weight loss?

Yes. Intermittent fasting is slowly helping me lose weight. I can feel it and the scale feels it too.

Tonight I plan to really kick butt at the gym. I plan to binge watch a Netflix show for about an hour on the elliptical. Then I will do some high-intensity running on the treadmill for as long as I can before I give out. Afterwords, I will try to eat a healthy whole-grain chicken sandwich filled with vegetables.

Coach’s Insight: Screw it—Try to eat a healthy? EAT healthy!

I can be happy that I am at a low weight for the year. However, this is where I usually crap out and have to start over again. So I must be cautious. I must be on my guard.

To all my fellow fat slobs out there, keep at it. We both know how tough it is to get our big bodies moving but once we do, it’s hard to stop all that momentum. 

On that note, happy hump day. See you a little lighter tomorrow.  

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