2, 4, 6, EAT

Intermittent Fasting Simplified

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Publication Date: July 20, 2020 • ISBN: 979-8664507300

When I first heard of intermittent fasting, through a Pinterest post in 2017, I assumed that it, too, was going to be a waste of my time and that it was pretty much just a “starvation diet.”

I’ve done those in the past — and was miserable every step of the way.

Also? From my own experience and those of my friends, starvation diets didn’t work.

That said, I am and-always-have-been a sucker for the next new and shiny diet plan… so I gave it a try for 3 days.
(PS: this is usually how I do things. I go all on board for 3 days and then I crash and burn….)

Anyhow, I didn’t do a lick of research before diving straight in with a 4 hour eating window that I decided should only be between 12 noon and 4 pm.
I decided that I was going to have coffee with a bit of “spackle” (powdered creamer) in it for breakfast and chicken broth for lunch.

Any time I felt hungry through the day (and it was ALL DAY hunger), I would have a cup of Bengal Spice (cinnamon-flavored) tea or a mug of chicken broth.
In my eating window I would eat a “healthy dinner” of about 1000 calories.

I didn’t allow myself to have any sugar or anything “fun” to eat.
I white-knuckled it through my 3 days.

I now know I was doing it COMPLETELY WRONG, and how if you do it correctly, intermittent fasting is actually pretty darn easy to stick with in the long term.
I’ve now been at it for over a year, and the stubborn 10 pounds that have plagued me my entire adult life have slowly disappeared and stayed away.
I get it that this sounds way too good to be true and you’re likely to be skeptical.

If you want to get into more of the science-y stuff of how this all works without simply being a “starvation diet” then I urge you to do some research on your own.

But this is what worked for me to heal my “mom” hormones and finally become comfortable in my body. I’m not trying to look like a super model — I just don’t want to embarrass myself or my kids in public.

If you are still with me, this is how you do it.

Praise for Stephanie O’Dea and 2 4 6 EAT:
“Stephanie is like the mom for all the moms. I tried EVERYTHING to lose weight — Noom, Weight Watchers, Atkins, etc etc. It wasn’t until I read 2 4 6 EAT that it all clicked together. I needed to heal my hormones and understand why my brain wanted sugar all the time before I could start fixing my relationship with food. I’ve done this eating style for the past 8 months and have finally lost the 27 pounds I couldn’t ever get rid of since having my last son, 12 years ago.”


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  • I love, love, love this book. As a physician I firmly believe in the health benefits of intermittent fasting. Stephanie O’Dea has presented the benefits of intermittent fasting in an easy to understand, easy to implement way. Her approach is friendly, lovingly laid out and positive. She highlights how to adopt the mindset required to succeed with practical tips such as thinking about your “eating window” rather than your “fasting window.” Read this book. You will be happy you did!

  • Intermittent fasting done easy. This was a fast easy read and basic explanation on intermittent fasting.If you are unfamiliar with how this works or how to get started, this book is a great introduction on the subject.

  • Reasons I loved this book: Stephanie’s writing style is so honest and friendly, and while she has done a lot of research and knows a lot of information about this topic, she never comes across as if she’s trying to tell you what you “should or should not” do. This is the first book I’ve read that actually made me want to put into practice what I’ve read immediately. It’s not about dieting or counting calories. She explains everything so well, and gives enough information to make the reader feel comfortable that this is something they can try for themselves. No stress about thinking that you’re expected to start some whole new lifestyle. Very practical and easy to read. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in getting into a healthier state but isn’t interested in dieting. I just finished reading it, and will be reading this book more than once for sure.

  • In this book, Stephanie tells you just what you want to know about intermittent fasting. Like a good friend, she summarizes what she has learned and how she’s applied it. She reminds you that you are mature to make decisions for yourself. This slim book is not exhaustive…thankfully, I don’t want to be exhausted!