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.”