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I am starting a new series here at Purposeful Nutrition with success stories of women who have lost at least 40 lbs through intermittent fasting and dietary changes.
Ala’a joined my Intermittent Fasting Group for Women on Facebook and shared a bit about her story, so then I asked her if she would tell us more about how she lost the weight and kept it off. (Disclaimer: She is not a client of mine.)
Below are her before and after pictures.
1) How much weight did you lose and how long did it take you?
68lbs – 16 months so far (March 2018)
I was overweight since I was 13 and I am 34 now.
At first I limited my carbs intake and exercised 5 days a week for about 8 months. Then I incorporated fasting 16:8 (16 hours fasting; 8 hours in which to eat) for a month then 20:4 for 2 months so far. I also did the ketogenic diet for about 4 months and now I’m back to limited carbs, but not as low as keto. I’m still going to the gym 4 times a week.
I did not count calories at all.
16:8 and 20:4 (hours fasting and then hours for eating). Yes, it was at the beginning, and then it got better. Now I love it!
I was very very strict with my diet and fasting. My cut off time was sacred!
Better skin, weight loss, better mood, better MC, better physical stamina, and better health in general.
Yes! My family has been a great support. My mother cooked for me every day and she encouraged me. She watched my daughter when I went to the gym at night. My sisters have been very supportive. And Tony Robbins videos have been a great support, lol .
It’s been 16 months
I switched from keto to limited carbs. I don’t count my carbs now, but when I eat carbs, I usually eat complex carbs like sweet potato or whole grains .. never simple white carbs. My key to maintain is workout.
Just the feeling that I CAN is amazing! I’ve always felt that I’m addicted to food and that I’m weak .. but not anymore!
I really encourage everyone to change the mindset before their body. I’ve seen people go through surgeries to lose weight and gain the weight again, because the reason behind that emotional eating or the lack of motivation was not taken care of. It’s not in your stomach; it’s in your mind. Don’t lose weight to get healthy, but get healthy to lose weight.
You can have success in your weight loss journey as well. It is not easy but habits can be changed. Intermittent fasting is a wonderful tool for making your weight loss goals happen. Sign up for my free 30 day IF challenge, buy my IF guide, and/or sign up for health coaching services which I offer.