And the busy-ness goes on! All the visits we've paid, and the visits paid us.... All the new restaurants we've tried.... All the coming and going and stress with our backyard makeover.... ALL THE DIETARY CHEATING I'VE DONE ... and i haven't gained! As the man said in "High Spirits": there IS a god!
Yes, i've been pretty "bad" this spring and summer. I ate things i usually eschew. I even took in more grains than i usually allow myself (before, about one serving per month), protected by the hint i got from Dr. Kharrazian to double-down on my glutathione supplement* and also the generous daily portion of gelatin/collagen i take religiously.
One thing i do "right" consistently, though, is minimize meal numbers and eliminate snacking. That boils down to drinking black coffee for breakfast, having one good-sized meal, and having another usually smaller. Therefore, i end up with one long fast, and another 6-8 hour one, every single day. It's been working.
Yesterday i put on a pair of jeans for the first time in quite awhile -- i've been almost living in shorts all summer. And since i'm not a fan of shopping, these were shorts i've had several seasons, a size larger than my jeans (which are also a couple of years old). To my absolute delight, they didn't require sucking-in to get fastened. No muffin-top action going on, either. :-) There HAVE been times in my life when i've had to lie on my back over the bed to get jeans zipped ... but not now. Them size sixes jus' FLOWED on.
It has to be the fasting. And it shows that even such a metabolic train-wreck as i CAN reprogram my body to pretty effortlessly switch fuels like a normal person. Indulge myself, have nothing but coffee and water for 18 hours, and go back to normal....
Don't misunderstand: I didn't eat the FOUR HUNDRED grams of carb that some people advocate, but there were days when i certainly ate over ONE hundred. And if i did it every day, the results wouldn't be pretty -- i'd definitely be retraining my body to operate off glucose to the detriment of my fat-burning ability. I also think it would be dangerous to try, for a person prone to diabetes.
I'm absolutely the LAST person who would claim that "if i can do it, anyone can." I reject that notion utterly! But the power of fasting as a metabolic and hormonal regulator seems to have an almost-magical effect on fat storage, as Dr. Fung has been insisting for quite awhile now.
* It DOES seem to help protect the gut, but i'd be surprised if it would work if i hadn't already healed.