Many people, (myself included,) have heard of IF for weight loss, but brush it off as a fad. Other people, (myself included,) may have also tried IF at some point and “failed miserably” because it was too hard and unrealistic.
Believe me, I get it! The thought of going more than 3 hours without food used to sound absolutely dreadful to me! By 10 o’clock in the morning, my stomach would be growling and begging me for a snack. If I pushed through and made it to lunch without a snack, I would be absolutely ravenous and “hangry” until I shoved anything edible into my pie-hole. After lunch, I’d feel heavy, but in a much better mood…that is until 3 o’clock, when I needed another snack or caffeinated drink to get me through the afternoon slump. That would very conveniently hold me off until dinner with the family at around 6 or 7 o’clock in the evening. But then, by 9 or 10 o’clock at night I’d need another light snack, maybe some fruit and a glass of wine, to help me relax and wind down for bed. The next day, I’d start all over again.
Wow, I am exhausted just thinking about it! About how I was such a slave to food for so many years of my life! About how much of my day was occupied by thinking about food! About how much time and energy was wasted on planning out my snacks and meals for the week and counting calories! About how much money was spent on buying “healthy snacks” and “pre-portioned meals,” so that I wouldn’t go overboard when I did eat. About the anxiety I felt arguing with myself about whether I should order something “healthy,” or something I really wanted to eat at a restaurant. About the confusion I felt about whether I should cut my fat or carb intake. About the guilt and shame I felt when I gave into my hunger and ended up overeating again for the fifth time in a week.
Honestly, it doesn’t just make me exhausted to think about this…it makes me downright pissed off! There were so many times in my life when I wished I just didn’t have to eat…that I just didn’t have an appetite. Not necessarily because I wanted to be skinny, but because life would be so much simpler. But I couldn’t just live off nutritional shakes my whole life. In fact, I couldn’t even live off of them for one day! I never had the “willpower” necessary to stick to any kind of strict eating plan. That’s probably because I absolutely LOVE food!
I love to cook and try new foods for myself, as well as my friends and family. And, of course, I LOVE TO EAT! Who doesn’t? And coming from a Hispanic family, food is a very big part of my family’s culture and traditions. We literally bar-b-que for every occasion possible. And we thoroughly enjoy eating “fattening” indulgent foods just as much as “healthy” ones. These include Mexican staples, such as tacos, tamales, fajitas, refried beans with bacon – and don’t even get me started on tortilla chips with guac! (My mouth is watering just thinking about it.)
Believe it or not, my What IF Diet Plan has allowed me to participate in all my social occasions and eat real food with my friends and family, while feeling satiated, not guilty. In fact, since starting my new plan in February 2018, I have stopped counting (obsessing over) calories and carbs, gained a whole new level of energy and mental clarity, and lost 20+ pounds without actually trying. My husband also adopted my What IF Diet Plan and lost 30+ pounds, which was incredible because he had hit a plateau after losing 50 pounds from good ol’ fashion diet and exercise! Other friends and family members have also adopted my plan and have been shocked to find out how easy and convenient intermittent fasting is. Some of the feedback I’ve received is that these people are losing weight, gaining energy, eating and drinking whatever they want, not having food cravings and lowering their blood sugar.
So if any of this resonates with you, I invite and encourage you to give my What IF Diet Plan a chance! Never in a thousand years did I think that I would be writing a “diet” blog of any sort, but I am so incredibly passionate about intermittent fasting, that I knew I had to do my small part to get the word out. Asking myself “What IF?” and adopting an intermittent fasting lifestyle has changed my life completely, and I know that it can change yours for the better too.