About 8 months ago I started my weight loss / fitness journey. I was 199 lbs and basically no muscle to speak of, at 5’9″ish that manifested as a lot of body fat, mainly in the belly region. As of today I’m 178 lbs, its been a long process with lots of ups and downs.
20 lbs in 8 months, isn’t a lot, but nothing to sneeze at either. I’ve been exercising 6 days a week, lifting weights, and have gained muscle. Muscle being heavier than fat by volume would seem to be a reasonable reason for the slow weight loss.
For several months my weight has plateaued, fluctuation between 182-185 lbs. Nothing seemed to break it, following the meal plan as best I could, tracking everything in myfitnesspal, on top of exercising 6 days a week. The problem, it would seem, is I simply enjoy food and beer, way too much.
182-185 lbs doesn’t sound like too much weight you say? I thought so too, but it turns out the experts disagree!
Based on the Robinson formula (1983), your ideal weight is 152.3 lbs
Based on the Miller formula (1983), your ideal weight is 151.9 lbs
Based on the Devine formula (1974), your ideal weight is 155.9 lbs
Based on the Hamwi formula (1964), your ideal weight is 159.4 lbs
Based on the healthy BMI recommendation, your recommended weight is 125.3 lbs – 169.3 lbs
All this time I was operating on the assumption that my target weight should be mid 170’s… Enter intermittent fasting.
I started ‘leangains’ style intermittent fasting a month ago. 16 hour fast, 8 hour feeding window. It was hard at first, skipping breakfast after eating a large breakfast every morning… such hunger. Making it to the start of the feeding window was difficult, but quickly got easier. This went on for about 3 weeks, during which time I kept reading more about IF and learned about the Warrior Diet. Which I initially considered extreme and unsustainable. My weight, was fluctuating more than ever between 180-184, which I understood as eating too much on some days and low on others.
Around the 3 week mark, I was no longer hungry at the start of my feeding window and decided to push it back a bit. Before I knew it, it was 20 hours since I had eaten anything and still wasn’t hungry. I forced myself to eat my “lunch” and went to the book store for a copy of the Warrior Diet.
The day I started the Warrior diet I was back up to 184 lbs, and had been for a few days. 5 days later I’m sitting here, writing this, at 178 lbs. I haven’t been 178 lbs in years.
I have more energy than ever, alert, focused, more assertive/aggressive. And to top it off, I feel GREAT! Only time will tell how sustainable it is to eat like this, but I intend to find out. I still have about 20ish lbs to go to reach the “Healthy” weight for my height. But if the trend of the last 5 days continues, it shouldn’t take too long.