Intermittent fasting is the only thing that has worked for me after I hit late 30s.
I am 42 now and have been seriously using intermittent fasting since April and its really worked, I’ve lost loads of weight.
The only real thing you need with any form of fitness and diet is willpower. Willpower is your best friend. No good intentions will come to pass without this.
Its only hard the first week, and then you get used to it. Your stomach will shrink in size and you will feel full after only half of your usual portion anyway. So keeping it off also becomes easier.
So this is what I do, its easy and most anyone can do it. I eat a good breakfast, anything I like. I will eat a decent size lunch, but the portion is HALF of what I would normally eat (you can stick to what you would know as half a portion for you). I will also have juices, coffee tea, whatever I like. From 3 pm onward I will start to slow down my food intake. This means I have my last meal at 2 pm. I eat between 8 – 3. I eat sparingly or not at all the rest of the time (I’m asleep at night for most of it so its not as bad as it sounds).
I almsot always skip dinner. I will eat a banana, apple or watermelon.
Ever since I started this, I have noticed feeling lighter and more rejuvenated.
One day a week I will cheat. Eat anthing, no holds barred. I will notice instantly that I feel sluggish, bloated and I will probably skip breakfast the next day. I wont eat until I truly feel hungry again. I may even allow some hunger pangs to pass without a meal (as you may know, your tummy tries to trick you into thinking you’re going to die of starvation before grudingly releasing all that fat stored around your belly). I watch my waistline. I will wait for it to go back to its normal size (usualy just takes overnight) and then only start eating as per the routine I mentioned at the top of this post.
Unless I’m cheating, I completely avoid bread because just looking at it makes me put on a pound. I will also eat a piece of chocolate instead of a whole bar. Just little mindful changes like that, for what my weight triggers are, yours may be different.
I have just come back from a holiday where I ate a lot more than usual, and had soup for dinner. I even ate my own dessert at one meal and finished hubby’s (as it was so yum). It took a week, but now I’m back to my usual diet plan.
I’ve been overweight since I became a mom 12 years ago and could never go below a UK size 14. I now fit into a size 8 top and my jeans are a size 10. Its not skinny by any means but I’ve definitely gone back to my pre-marriage size clothes. I hope anyone reading will feel like trying this because it really worked for me and could be the thing that works for them too.