Last Updated on June 19, 2021 by Lori Geurin
In this post, you’ll learn how to lose weight while eating normally and find out how I lost over 6 pounds (and 10 inches) in a month without exercise.
Trying to lose weight? If you’re tired of following diet plans that are so restrictive they cut out entire food groups, this post is for you!
Here’s a new video I just made all about my experience.
How To Lose Weight While Eating Normally
This is the transcript from the video above.
In this video you’re going to learn how to lose weight…even while eating your favorite foods.
Sound too good to be true? I get that. But I promise it’s not. So stick around to get all the details!
Want to lose weight? Are you tired of diet plans that are so restrictive that they cut out entire food groups? If so, you’re in the right place!
Today you’re going to learn exactly how I lost over 6 pounds and 10 inches in only 1 month. And the best part? It didn’t cost a penny, I was able to enjoy all of my favorite foods (like pizza, frozen custard, and pad thai) and didn’t exercise at all during this time.
Working out has so many benefits but I specifically did not work out this past month as an experiment and to be able to show you how effective this weight loss method really is.
We’re going to look at how you can lose weight without depriving yourself of your favorite foods.
Then we’ll look at exactly what I did to lose weight and impressive inches this past month.
Finally, we’ll see if this is the best weight loss plan for you.
Then I’ll show you my Before And After photos and give you all my results. So be sure to stick around until the end of this video!
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Advantages Of Intermittent Fasting
There are many advantages to this weight loss method, but one of my favorites is that you don’t have to restrict what you eat. In fact, this past month, while I was losing weight and inches, I enjoyed my favorites…pizza, pad thai, frozen custard, cheeseburgers, and sweet potato fries!
And, even while I was enjoying all of my favorite foods my body was burning more fat, I rarely felt hungry, I had more energy and more time to do the things I love!
My secret to losing weight is something I’ve been doing for years. In fact, in the past I lost over 30 pounds doing intermittent fasting and reversed severe hypoglycemia symptoms. Plus, I improved my health while dealing with chronic illness.
But, in the past few months with all of my family being at home more because of Covid-19, I became more relaxed and gained a few pounds. Like 20.
One of the things I love about intermittent fasting is that it’s always available and so simple to do. So, if I gain a few pounds over the holidays after enjoying a little too much rich food, I know I can reset my body and get back on track with my health goals whenever I want to.
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Top Rated Books On Fasting
One of the ideas in her latest book is to do a 28 day fasting challenge to kick-start your health and make your body more receptive to a new eating schedule.
The emphasis is not on weight loss at all, but on getting the intermittent fasting part right. Especially the clean fasting.
What is clean fasting? Learn all about clean fasting vs dirty fasting and how it’s essential for long-term fasting success.
In the book, she shares 3 different 28-day plans based on how long you’ve been living the fasting life. And, because I’ve been intermittent fasting for a few years now I went with the most intense plan, which Gin calls the “Rip Off The Band-Aid Approach.”
You may also enjoy my new ebook, How To Get Awesome Results With Intermittent Fasting.
The Intermittent Fasting Plan
These next 4 slides show the exact plan I followed for the past month. I focused on clean fasting, drinking tons of water – and, like I mentioned earlier – I didn’t work out because I wanted to see how much my body could change with just the fasting. Nothing else.
Intermittent Fasting Plan, Week 1
You can see here what I did the first week. I ate all of my meals within a 6-hour window. So, in fasting terms, we would call this an 18:6 – because you’re fasting (or not eating anything) for 18 hours (out of a 24-hour day), and eating within a 6-hour time frame.
You can also see some real life examples of what an 18:6 might look like. Just keep in mind that you have tremendous flexibility with fasting and YOU get to choose when you fast and when you eat.
So, if you’re someone who wakes up hungry, you may want to eat earlier in the day, as compared to someone like me who doesn’t feel hungry in the morning. I just want my coffee, then I’m good for a few hours. I tend to feel hungrier in the afternoon and evening time.
Whatever fits your life and body’s needs the best is how you’ll want to schedule your fasts.
Intermittent Fasting Plan, Week 2
Week 2 was the same as Week 1. On days 8 through 14 I fasted for 18 hours and ate within a 6-hour window.
Intermittent Fasting Plan, Week 3
Then, Week 3 was a little more challenging because I was eating all of my meals within a 5-hour window, doing a 19:5.
You’ll notice that each week I only drank water, black coffee, and green tea while fasting. This is called clean fasting, and it’s super important!
Gin Stephens has said something like, “If you’re not clean fasting you’re not fasting at all” and I agree 100%.
You may hear differing viewpoints on clean fasting – like whether it’s important or not. But, if you want to lose weight and experience all the fasting benefits, know that clean fasting is super important.
Fasting helps you get back in touch with your hunger cues, so learn to listen to them. And, if you’re truly hungry, you may want to break your fast early and eat something. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with this. It’s not a race. It’s a lifestyle.
Fasting has helped me learn to feel grateful that my body is showing me what it needs. Fasting is not about deprivation or starving – not at all.
So I want to encourage you to really get in touch with what your body needs.
Intermittent Fasting Plan, Week 4
I did a daily 20:4 the last week of this fasting challenge. I ate all of my meals within a 4-hour window. It was definitely more challenging than the first couple of weeks. But, because I’ve been fasting for a few years, and I’ve done several longer fasts, it was very doable.
If you’re new to fasting I would not recommend starting with this Rip Off The Band-Aid Approach because it would probably be too intense.
You may be familiar with Circadian Rhythm fasting. You can try this by fasting for 12 hours, then eating within a 12-hour window. This is a great place to start fasting and it’s very doable for most people.
Then, after you’ve done the 12:12 Circadian Rhythm Fasting for a week or 2 you may want to challenge yourself some with longer fasts. It’s totally up to you!
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Intermittent Fasting Benefits
If you’re wondering if intermittent fasting could help you, here are a few benefits to think about:
One of the most awesome benefits of fasting is a little thing called autophagy. It’s the body’s way of cleaning out old, damaged cells and recycling them into new, healthy ones.
Fasting has also been shown to lower blood sugar and decrease your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
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Fasting promotes weight loss and belly fat loss. It’s been shown to decrease LDL cholesterol,
triglycerides, and reduce inflammation in the body, which we know is associated with many diseases.
Fasting boosts Human Growth Hormone (or HGH) levels which can help with fat burning and muscle gains.
And animal studies suggest that fasting can help decrease your chances of developing a neurodegenerative disease, like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
Here’s a quick TikTok video I made about the benefits of intermittent fasting.
Intermittent Fasting Results
To get the best results from intermittent fasting, make sure you’re not eating or drinking anything in your fasting window except for the following:
- black coffee
- unflavored water
- sparkling water, mineral water, and club soda
- unsweetened teas, (not fruit-flavored); This includes green tea and black tea.
- salt and electrolytes
- medications, as prescribed by your doctor
Who Can Do Intermittent Fasting?
Most people can do intermittent fasting and include it as part of their healthy lifestyle.
But, always talk to your doctor first to make sure fasting is a good fit for you.
Who Should Not Be Fasting?
There are a few groups of people who should not do intermittent fasting. These include:
- pregnant or nursing moms
- people who are frail or underweight
- anyone with an eating disorder
- babies and children
- people with chronic illness
If you noticed I mentioned earlier that I’ve been dealing with chronic illness, so there are exceptions to this. My doctor was actually the one who recommended intermittent fasting to me because I was dealing with severe reactive hypoglycemia and autoimmune issues.
I’m happy to report that my autoimmune diseases are in remission and the hypoglycemia symptoms are completely gone. I just want to emphasize that I didn’t try this without my doctor’s okay.
Intermittent Fasting Video Recap
Here’s a quick recap of what I’ve shared with you today.
Be sure to tell your doctor you want to start intermittent fasting, then make a plan together if they believe fasting could help you.
Always do clean fasting and drink plenty of fresh water to stay hydrated.
And, finally, track your progress. I’ve created an Intermittent Fasting Tracker to help you monitor your progress and stay organized…and a FREE ebook that gives you everything you need to start intermittent fasting today. I’ll post links to those and other fasting tools in the comments below, so be sure to check that out!
Fasting Before And After Pics
Thanks for watching until the end. And, even though it’s not easy for me to share these Before and After photos (that’s something I’m working on)…here they are!
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I want to leave you with these inspiring words.
I get that weight loss is hard. I understand because I’ve lived it. Between having 4 babies, breastfeeding them all, and dealing with chronic illness, I’ve gained and lost weight more times than I can count.
But all of that is over now because I’ve found a simple, sustainable, and healthy lifestyle approach to managing my weight and improving my health.
Fasting has done all that for me and I believe it can help you too!!
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Thanks for watching and have a great day!
Can you eat anything and still lose weight?
Maybe, but if you’re only eating junk food you’re not giving your body what it needs for long-term health. If you want to be healthy you’ll need to focus on eating mainly healthy weight loss friendly foods, like:
1. Fruits And Vegetables
dark leafy greens,
2. Nuts And Seeds
almonds, pecans, walnuts, chia seeds, flax seed, macadamia, coconut, and cashews
3. Healthy Fats
avocados, nut butters, chia seeds, flax seeds, nuts, eggs, and fatty fish
4. High-Quality Meats (and/or protein sources if you’re a vegan)
chicken, turkey, fish, pork, bison, beef, beans, legumes, eggs, and dairy
5. Whole Grains
quinoa (technically a seed, but classified as a whole grain), brown rice, oats, wild rice, barley, buckwheat
Can you eat pizza and still lose weight?
Absolutely! You can enjoy all of your favorite foods but it’s best to plan for them.
I try to make sure that 80 – 90% of the foods I eat each day are healthy and clean.
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Summary – How To Lose Weight While Eating Normally
As you can see, intermittent fasting is a powerful tool to help you lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle.
It’s all in the timing! Intermittent fasting isn’t about what you eat, but when you eat (the eating window) or don’t eat (the fasting window).
Have you tried intermittent fasting? Any tips to share?