4 Weeks of Intermittent Fasting

Well, that passed by quickly! I still remember all the pasta, chicken, and Korean Spicy noodles I ate during this period. If you haven’t read my earlier post, this self-experimentation is due to my doctor commenting on my weight gain. Which to him was evident, but to me was “okay pa naman ah”. 😅

The results are in! Starting on March 1 and 27 days after, I’ve lost 1.8kgs – from 60.4 to 58.6kgs today! But I feel this weight loss is not to be trusted… not yet.

As you can see in the photo above, although my current weight is 58.6kgs, there had been a lot of fluctuations from day to day. And this is mainly due to my method: eat anything within my Intermittent Fasting schedule, which of course resulted in disaster on the scale the following day.

  • With intermittent fasting – I was able to keep 0.5kgs off consistently, with an additional 0.6kgs fluctuations depending on what I eat.

The culprit: CARBS and my longing for CARBS every single day of my IF regimen. I would be on a level 7 on hunger and eat basically what’s on my plate by lunchtime. I would cook those calorie-rich Spicy Korean Noodles and eat them with two pieces of egg. I didn’t limit my sugar intake, in fact, it increased. I had this (erroneous) idea that IF will take care of the sugars I consumed. Basically, I ate around 300-600 calories (or more 😓) of processed sugar in the form of chocolates, 3-in-1 coffee, milo&milk, etc in a day. Which of course, resulted in disaster weight fluctuations.

Conclusion: Intermittent Fastings will work, but it isn’t a license to overeat and choose “bad” foods. 

Shifting to Keto

I’ve been “Keto” since Sunday and the results are somewhat immediate. This action is brought about by my father being recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and my brother’s incessant recommendation to go Keto (which I tried before but gave up on immediately because I can’t figure out where I’m going to get enough FAT in my diet). I started reading Keto Clarity and as well as Reddit for Keto. I also purchased 32oz of Brain Octane and drizzled that into my meals.

Keto is basically no rice, no added sugars in the form of Spicy Korean noodles, chocolates, milo&milk, chips, etc. I get my carbs from vegetables, 1 fruit every other day, and hidden sugars I won’t be able to avoid.

  • Keto combined with Intermittent Fasting for the last 4 days resulted in 0.9kgs weight loss, which is mind-blowing but needs a couple of weeks more to show if results are consistent.

Moving Forward

I will combine a low-carb (50g a day maximum), moderate protein (60-65g) and high fat (100-120g) a day equivalent to 1400+ calories (I’m 5’4 with a sedentary lifestyle). This will be measured thru a MyFitnessPal premium subscription. I will continue doing Intermittent Fasting with Keto. And I’ll see how that goes. I’ll have blood tests and Lupus indicator test results by the second week of April.

I’m expecting my Triglycerides to fall due to the absence of surplus carbohydrates. Hopefully, lowered inflammation from very low carb consumption will also show favorable Lupus test results.

Author: Joandrea

Hallo! I'm Joan! I write to tell stories that inspire.

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