Honestly I didn't - a few days ago I started reading up on hormonal balance and wrote "My Own Teen Weight Gain Story".
I picked up a Kindle version of Dr. Joseph Mercola's "Effortless Healing". I bought it a couple of months ago and had read it and put it down a few times.
He recommends the usual sensible eating habits as well as "intermittent fasting" to re-train one's body for fat burning instead of sugar burning, for energy.
I had read a couple of his newsletter articles about this but had never thought I could do it.
I have the symptoms of insulin and leptin resistance. My body has forgotten how to burn fat even though I have rarely eaten grains for five years. This means:
- no sugar
- no breads
- no crackers
- no cookies
- no rice
As grim as that sounds I eat well and am pretty healthy.
I also gave up chips of all kinds, and popcorn.
Exceptions would be at other people's dinners. I would enjoy some mashed potatoes or baked, or some chips on occasion.
I still did not lose weight no matter what.
So last Sunday evening I decided I would try the Intermittent Fasting. It looked easier once I did the math. Which is:
Fast for 16 hours a day.
I decided to eat breakfast at 10:30am, lunch whenever I next got hungry, and dinner before 6:30 pm. So my meals are within an 8 hour period. After dinner I drank water or herbal tea.
This was almost what I was doing anyway!
Plus, I cheat a bit because I make coffee as soon as I get up and I put cream in it. I know from experience slow change works best.
By Wednesday I had lost 1 pound. Cool! I wasn't expecting more than that.
On Friday I was wearing heavier shoes and when I got on the scale I expected to see an additional pound because of the shoes.
And I was 4 pounds down from the previous week! Huh?
I am going to keep at this and will be happy with a pound a week loss.
The factor of hormone balance is related to fat (and not sugar) burning as well as slowing down the aging process.
I have to recommend this for any retired athlete especially if you have a desk job. Ihave no medical problems so I just went ahead and did it. But if you have any health issues take stock of them and maybe consult a health practitioner.
This isn't a diet however. It's simply grouping your meals differently. And its success is related to overall healthy habits, like anything else. Everything is connected.
The "Effortless Healing" book is a great reference for all kinds of health issues.
And really good if you're a teen with a weight gain story!