Well that went better than expected.
After my initial bout of FEED ME, I calmed down, ate a few puffs, chewed a piece of gum and was fine. I sit here at 10:35pm feeling pretty normal. I do have a slight headache, which I expected, but the rest of me feels fine. Energy levels aren’t out of whack and I have no grand desire to kill and eat anything. Mostly I’m thinking about The Rock and Vin Diesel. Which isn’t as unusual as you would think…
I did want to share a link before I head off to dream of hotdogs and hamburgers (tomorrow is the 4th of July after all). It’s on the Alternate Day Fasting page in the menu bar, but I wanted to link to the full study that came out of UIC. I don’t want anyone thinking that I went into this blindly without doing some research! This was the big impetus to go for it.
I looked at the pros and cons of the diet, and concluded there’s not a ton of data either way. It may or may not work, I make no guarantees nor am I an advocate for ADF. However, based on the UIC study, it seems like this is a diet that is better suited for obese individuals (such as myself) rather than someone who is just looking to lose a few pounds or keep the weight off. More studies are underway, but I feel confident enough in the findings of the linked study that I am willing to subject myself to this for the same 8 weeks that was done there. I know that they are continuing to study ADF and I’ll share whatever results they publish when I find them/they are available.
For anyone worried (Becca, Kile!), keep in mind that Intermittent Fasting and ADF aren’t exactly the same thing. I do eat during the fast days, just calorically restricted. The goal during the non fast days isn’t to gorge myself on anything I could ever want either. It is to maintain a healthy eating habit at or below 2000 calories. So it won’t be cake and cookies all the time. Though that does sound like the greatest diet ever and I’m angry that in the year 2013 we haven’t figured out how to make that a thing yet.
I will not be so stubborn as to put myself or anyone else in danger. So please know that, if necessary, I will eat more during the fast days and keep exercise limited to the somewhat immediate period after I eat on the fast days or solely on the feed days. My goal is to live longer, not die sooner!
Finally, can you believe that they have made six Fast & Furious movies and most of them have some sort of variation in the title (ie, it’s not just the same title with a number after it)? The Fast and The Furious, 2 Fast 2 Furious, The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6. The most recent one is the closest you get to a “proper” sequel title. I applaud them for their constant title changes!