Last month I got my new blog up and running, and I also spent some time diving into an overview of how to get your mindset in the right place before you start this whole process, how to actually lose weight, what could be happening if you’re not seeing progress, how to transition into maintenance and then the difference between the weight loss phase and the maintenance phase. I’ll be devoting much of my blog to weight loss maintenance topics, but I wanted to take some time to flesh out a point I made earlier-secondary factors. Things that can come into play, within the truth that weight loss ultimately comes down to calories and math. This is where all those lovely diet plans come in, for better or for worse.

Some people prefer to do straight calorie counting and use a site like My Fitness Pal. However, back in 2012 when I decided to lose weight I had NO idea how weight loss actually worked. I didn’t know what the word calorie even meant, and a nutrition label was a totally foreign concept for me. I had never dieted before in my life and I was in uncharted territory!


My (former) doctor was no help either-he just told me to lose the weight to see if that could stabilize my glucose number, and then he hung up on me. I was facing a life threatening disease if I didn’t get this right, and I was on my own. In a panic I talked to a few friends who were always dieting, and they all praised the low carb lifestyle. One told me to check out a low carb forum that she hung out at, so I joined and blindly decided to go low carb. Ha! After less than a week I was ready to quit. I hated the food restrictions and was utterly miserable.

As I hung out in the forum I started noticing that there was a group of women who always had such a positive attitude. While others complained about what they were eating and the set backs they were experiencing, these women were usually upbeat and making steady progress. Several of them were also in maintenance, which caught my attention. I noticed they all followed something called JUDDD, and I decided that I wanted to be a part of whatever they were doing, even without knowing what it was! This is when I was introduced to the world of intermittent fasting.

Throughout the month of August I’ll be blogging in detail about intermittent fasting (IF). I’ll be sharing my experiences with it, how it works, the pros and cons of doing this method, and then some of the tools I learned from IF that I’ve carried into maintenance. Again-weight loss is about calories and math. But for me IF was that secondary factor that helped me navigate through the weight loss phase and now maintenance. While it’s definitely not a plan for everyone, and I’ll never present it as such, I’m proof that IF can be a viable method for weight loss and beyond.

IF is an umbrella term for several plans, so I’m just going to blog about the ones I’ve had personal experience with.
Intermittent Fasting (IF) Vocabulary

ADF-alternate day intermittent fasting. Nickname-JUDDD (Dr. Johnson’s Up Day, Down Day Diet)

  •  Plan in a nutshell– alternate between very low calorie days (also called Down Days), and maintenance calorie level days (also called Up Days). *calorie restricting is built into the plan


  • Plan in a nutshell– 5 maintenance calorie days a week, with 2 non-consecutive very low calorie days a week. *calorie restricting is built into the plan

IF Windows (this is what most people refer to when they use the term intermittent fasting)-

  •  Plan in a nutshell- eat your calories in a certain time frame every day and fast the rest of the day/night. Most common is 16:8IF, where you consume all your calories in an 8 hour window, fast for 16 hours. *calorie restricting is NOT built into the plan
People to Know
-Dr. James Johnson-the doctor and researcher who wrote the book, The Alternate Day Diet, and is considered to be one of the ‘fathers’ of the IF movement.
-Dr. Michael Mosley-his BBC documentary, called Eat, Fast and Live Longer, took IF to the mainstream and his follow up book is titled The Fast Diet.
-Dr. Krista Varady-one of the current leading scientists in IF research. She was interviewed in Eat, Fast and Live Longer and has since come out with her own book, The Every Other Day Diet.


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