The Weight is Over: Something New to Chew On – Intermittent Fasting

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You may recall back when I wrote my first installment of The Weight is Over,  a chronicle of my weight-loss and fitness journey with Matthew Lister at Align Private Training (now Align Redding). At that point – December of 2015, I felt so much shame and frustration, and yes, hope, as I wrote that first piece, steeped in lots of personal disclosures.

For my first 12 years of life I was raised by a model-beautiful Manhattan mother who probably meant well when she said things like shame on you when I reached for seconds of mashed potatoes, but that voice stuck.

Doni, chubby at age 9, downtown Redding, across from the Cascade Theatre.

As a lifelong dieter, someone who was first described as chubby at age 9, this topic was my constant companion, my Achilles’ heel through my teen years, two marriages, three pregnancies, motherhood, singlehood, two divorces, career ups and downs, house building and remodeling and menopause. Wherever I went, there it was. All around me. Right behind me. Always with me.

I’ve been high, I’ve been low,
I’ve been yes, and I’ve been oh, hell no!

I started working out with Matthew R. Lister at Align Redding in December of 2015. My logic was that with you watching, it would keep me accountable. There’s nothing like telling tens of thousands of people that you’re starting a diet to make a person feel motivated to not fail.

With Matthew’s help, I worked my ass off – literally. I posted before photos that, to this day, I can barely look at without feeling ashamed and disgusted with myself.

How could I have let myself go like that?

A tipping-point awareness. November 2015.

No stranger to diets, I accepted the first of many Align diets, which had in common breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner and snack that equaled about 1,200 calories. Low carb. Lots of veggies. Easy on the fruit.

I worked out like a fiend Monday through Thursday. I got stronger than I’d ever been. I lost 30 pounds. Those 30 pounds were lost in the first six months.

Doni working with weights at Align, July 2016.

The diet was difficult for me. The longer I was on it, the more hungry I felt. I fell off the wagon a few times. I climbed back on, gave myself a pep talk and kept going.

Matthew R. Lister gives Doni a hug after an especially taxing workout. January 2016. Photo by Brad Garrison.

I was never going to be fat like that again. Never.

Doni celebrates one year at Align, and 30 pounds down. Photo by Matthew R. Lister.

Even so, my body seemed stuck on the six-month 30-pound mark. And there it’s stayed.

It was the spring of 2017 when I wrote my last The Weight is Over column about my weight-loss and fitness journey. Because really, what more was there to say, other than to report when I’d increased the amount of weight I could lift, or how long I could hold a plank? (100 pounds/three minutes.) In my last The Weight is Over piece, there’s a grainy photo of me decorating a wedding cake.

Doni works on a small wedding cake, spring, 2017.

And the previous month – almost exactly a year ago – there’s a photo of son Joe and I when we were the wedding-cake makers for my nephew and his bride.

Doni and son Joe Domke breathe a sigh of relief that the cake is finished and it’s still standing. Photo by Shelly Shively. March 2017.

I weighed then approximately what I weigh now – give or take a few pounds. And although I know don’t exactly think of myself as a big fat pig any longer, or wince when I see myself in a store window, I’d still like to lose another 20 pounds, even 30, for some wiggle room.

Since those wedding-cake photos, I’ve sold my Garden Tract house and bought an 80-year-old West Redding major remodeling project. I traded The Weight is Over columns for Doni’s Old House Remodel. I had material galore, what with the rat-infestation and dry rot and whatnot and so forth. Now, although there’s still plenty to do, I’m living in the house, and taking a breather before I tackle any more projects here.

So here I am. Back to talking about my weight.

I gained about seven pounds over the holidays over which I’ve engaged in the elusive whack-a-mole chase every week since. Down 4 pounds, up 3. Down 5, up 2. I’ve lost track of where I am now, but I know I’ve not lost all 7 pounds.

Here’s the deal, though. I’m done with “dieting” the way I’ve been dieting. Just in time, sister Shelly found a YouTube link of a woman talking about the “magic” of intermittent fasting. This woman, Dy Ann Parham, had been a trainer and weight-loss coach for women for 25 years. She was a runner. She was fit. She preached the widely accepted weight-loss gospel of eat less/move more. And then she approached menopause and her body fell apart. She went to the doctor for help and walked out with a handful of prescriptions, including one for an anti-depressant.

She said she wasn’t depressed. She was frustrated.

Fast forward to the new her. Fit. Happy. Clear-headed. No meds. Feeling younger than before. No more diets. She has lengthened the number of hours she doesn’t eat, and shortened the window when she does eat. She typically fasts between 16 and 24 hours a day, and eats just one nutrient-packed meal a day. She’s never felt better.

My reaction to the idea of fasting was visceral. Fasting? No way. That’s crazy. Fasting eats muscle. It makes people light-headed. Come on! It’s just not good for us! We were born to eat, weren’t we? Hello, can you say starvation? We need breakfast, lunch and dinner. And we need Starbucks stops for our afternoon slumps. Besides, what about breakfast – you know, break fast, the most important meal of the day?

My mother’s words – which I passed on to my children, and now grandchildren – ring in my ears.  Eat a better breakfast, feel better all day. 

I’ve probably watched about 20 YouTube videos and listened to as many podcasts about intermittent fasting in the last week, and guess what? All those assumptions I made about fasting are dead wrong. I was ignorant about fasting. My beliefs were not based in fact.

Those who promote intermittent fasting describe a long list of benefits that almost sound too good to be true. Fasting helps blood levels of insulin drop significantly, which facilitates fat burning. Fasting helps promote the development of human growth hormone in our bodies. Fasting can promote cellular repair, including removing waste material from cells. Fasting might even prevent cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Fasting helps your brain, such as helping us think more clearly. Fasting helps reduce weight and belly fat. Fasting can reduce insulin resistance, lowering the risk of Type-2 diabetes. Fasting can reduce and fight inflammation. Fasting may be beneficial for heart health. Fasting can help with depression. Fasting can help people who have seizures.

Basically, if I believe everything on this list, intermittent fasting is a freakin’ fountain-of-youth miracle. There’s nothing to buy. No calories to count. No program to follow. All I have to do is extend the periods of time I don’t eat.

There’s lots of science to back up many of the above claims, some of which were reported in a BBC documentary that really got my attention. The bottom line was that not only could fasting help with weight loss, but it benefited overall health and even longevity. (The documentary is long, but so worth the watching.)

I’ve watched dozens of videos by three big promoters of intermittent fasting. First are videos by Dy Ann Parham, who I mentioned above. Her specialty is intermittent fasting and the aging woman.

Dy Ann Parham’s specialty is intermittent fasting and the aging woman.

Second is Eric Berg, a chiropractor who specializes in weight loss through nutritional and natural methods. He’s also a fan of the “keto” diet, which, so far, I am not, because it seems too restrictive for me at the moment. But we’ll see.

Dr. Eric Berg shares the benefits of intermittent fasting. Photo source:

Finally, one person I’m particularly impressed with is Dr. Jason Fung, a Canadian nephrologist. He’s an expert in obesity and intermittent fasting. In this video, he speaks directly to doctors about what he calls the calorie deception.

I’m not here today to try to sway anyone, or even to necessarily extol, debate or defend the virtues of fasting, because I am brand new to this entire concept. Everything I know about intermittent fasting is literally academic at this point. I have no personal results to report yet.

But I am giving it a try. My sister and I both started intermittent fasting on March 1. As identical twins, we’re the perfect test cases. She’s sticking to low-carb foods during her “feasting” window, while I’m not, because I want to see how it goes when I’m basically eating what I want (within reason). If I don’t lose any weight, then I will dial back the carbs and see what happens then.

We each started with a 12-hour fasting window, and easily progressed up to 16, 18, 20 and 22-hour fasts. Shelly even did one 42-hour span this week. She didn’t die. In fact, she felt great. And she even swam the day she’d done the long fast, and said it was one of the best swims of her life.

I forgot to mention that if you do this right, a good part of your fast happens during sleep. For me, someone who’d boasted all my life about how little sleep I need, this has meant routinely getting a “fasting” (sleeping) window of zero to 4 hours per night. That was followed immediately by a big cup of sweet-and-light strong coffee and a carb-loaded breakfast before my workout. After that it was snack, lunch, snack, dinner and bedtime snack. Plus, I’d have more sweet-and-light coffee when my energy tanked in the afternoon. I was exhausted and gaining weight. The fasting proponents would take one look at my lifestyle and say, well no wonder!

The wild thing for me, someone who fights cravings, is that I’ve found that not eating at all is somehow easier than eating a bunch of little meals that spike my blood sugar and leave me wanting more. The days I’ve crammed three meals – or even two – in my five- or eight-hour eating window, I actually felt more hungry than when I carved it down to just one meal per day at between 1:30 and 3 p.m.

And by the way, do a search on YouTube and you’ll find videos by hundreds – maybe thousands – of people around the world who embrace this one-meal-a-day intermittent fasting method, which they affectionately call the OMAD diet.

For my one meal, I’ve eaten huge salads packed with kale and all kinds of greens and veggies, topped with olive oil and avocado and nuts and some chicken. I’ve made fresh-egg omelettes loaded with cheese and vegetables and sausage with a side of toast and bacon. Whatever my meal, no matter the hour, I indulge in one large coffee with Equal and cream, to compensate for missing my routine light-and-sweet morning coffee. For a true fast, it’s black coffee in the morning, or tea. No sweetener or cream of any kind. I’ve adapted. If this works, the sacrifice will be worth it.

For the last five days I’ve fasted an average of 22 hours each day. During the fasting window I wake up drinking water, followed by a cup of black (I’m learning to like it) coffee. Throughout that fasting period I drink lots of mineral water and some plain tea. Never a big vitamin-taker, I now take vitamin D, potassium and magnesium with my meal.

Shelly and I learned from one podcast that the gut fat is the worst, and if you have belly fat, you have too much insulin. For optimum health, one’s waist measurement should be half – or less – of one’s height in inches. I am 63.5 inches tall. My waist should measure 31.75 inches.  It does not.

Want to hear another piece of trivia I learned? Do you know why the former contestants on The Biggest Loser don’t have reunions? Because they’re all fat again. How sad is that? Can you imagine how those people feel about themselves now? Biggest losers, indeed.

At first, I thought that what I’d do is try this intermittent fasting thing for a few weeks, and if I found success, then I’d tell you about it.

Instead, I decided to do this similar to how I chronicled my 2015/2016  weight-loss journey: report my story in real time, starting at the beginning. I have no clue how this will turn out. I may love it and embrace it, or I may run screaming and say it was a big mistake. I’ll let you know. You know I will tell the truth.

But here’s the truth about my diet history: My metabolism is destroyed from a lifetime of yo-yo dieting. The more I reduce calories, the more calories I must reduce to maintain my hard-earned weight loss, let alone lose more weight. Losing weight and keeping it off for the rest of my life feels like an uphill battle. And I’m scared to death of growing into a fat old lady with diabetes and Alzheimer’s.

There must be a better way, and I’m willing to try intermittent fasting as a solution. I’m not saying I’ll do a week-by-week report, because that could be boring (and the beauty of online is we can see what you like, and what you don’t). But I will share milestones, insights and enlightenment gleaned along the way.

Meanwhile, I’m off for my workout at Align. Today is weigh day. I’ll write the results in an update here when I return. I’m kind of excited. And I’m kind of scared.

I’ll keep you posted.

WEIGH-UPDATE: I’m down 1.5 pounds. I’ll take it. 

Doni Chamberlain
Independent online journalist Doni Chamberlain founded what’s now known as in 2007 with her son, Joe Domke. Chamberlain is an award-winning newspaper opinion columnist, feature and food writer recognized by the Associated Press, the California Newspaper Publishers Association and E.W. Scripps. She lives in Redding, California.
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54 Responses

  1. Avatar Hollyn Chase says:

    I love it when you do the things I really should do. I read Dr. Fung’s book a few months ago and keep meaning to get around to fasting some day. And every day I find an excuse for why I would rather eat. Therefore, I too am up eight pounds—and from a place that was still twenty-or-more pounds from ideal. Rats.
    So, I will read about your adventures in fasting. I’m much better at reading than fasting.

  2. Avatar sal says:

    I first learned fasting diets when I was a high school wrestler, it worked for me then, but I didn’t have a weight problem per se. Then as a young adult I worked with a couple of guys who were about 20 years older than I was and they were all over this thing called the atkins diet which included these things called butter buds. I still use a book from that time called calories and carbohydrates by Barbara Kraus which lists 8k different foods. Now the internet is as good a reference. As I’ve aged I realized I don’t need 3 meals a day, not even close. I generally have one meal a day and it’s exact time-of-day floats around. Sometimes it’s a breakfast then it’ll be a dinner the next day, then a lunch thrown in somewhere down the line. My Achilles heel is carbs, and when I stopped my consumption, or really really limited them the pounds were way easier to lose. The issue is what to do in between these meals, and losing the sweets craving. Good luck and IMO you are onto something here.

  3. Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

    I’ve dropped 15 pounds so far with intermittent fasting, and husband, Jim, has dropped ten. We follow the 5:2 fasting routine that Dr. Michael Mosley suggests (eat what you want five days a week; fast (500 calories a day for me, 600 for Jim) two days a week. On fast days, we generally have cereal and fruit for breakfast and fish, a green vegetable, and brown rice for the afternoon meal. My cereal choice is a combination of two very high fiber cereals and half a banana. Our fish choices rotate among salmon, cod, tilapia, and shrimp along with asparagus or green beans. I’ve also prepared a vegetable omelette using Egg Beaters and high-fiber whole wheat toast sans butter instead of cereal. It’s a cinch to follow. It’s amazing how much food can be crammed into 500 calories with just a little planning. Intermittent fasting isn’t drinking water, tea, and coffee and getting light-headed from lack of calories; it’s nutritious food, just less of it. I have found that on non-fast days, I’m not particularly hungry; so I don’t make up for fasting by gorging. A comment from one of the researches of Dr. Mosley’s book has stuck with me: she said, “diets suck the life right out of you.” Intermittent fasting doesn’t.

  4. Hal Johnson Hal Johnson says:

    I’ve kind of embraced a half-baked routine of intermittent fasting. I’ve been a slut for going out to breakfast for my entire allegedly-adult life, but in recent years, I’ve come to skip breakfast more often than not. I found that I often don’t get hungry until noon or so.

    For a few years, I incorporated just one twenty-four hour fast a week into my routine. I learned that I wouldn’t die from being hungry, and that I often felt better when I was hungry.

    I’ve been dabbling in songwriting since retiring, and I’ve learned that the surest way to kill a creative session is to have a meal.

    • You made me laugh at your “slut” line. Yeah, I love breakfast, too. What I do now is have breakfast at around 1:30. An omelette is still an omelette.

      And yeah, you’re onto something about the connection to eating and creativity. (Hope to hear some of your songs one day.)

  5. Avatar Michelle says:

    I am curious about Matthew Lister’s thoughts on fasting. I have no doubt many diets are a fit for certain people. I think it is matter of what eating style fits for an individual. Seems to me a bottom line goes back to caloric intake and movement. Less of one more of the other. In the old old old days people weren’t fat– their calorie choices were limited and living/surviving required much more work than we presently have to do. If we replaced our pleasure fun time with chopping wood, hauling water, laundry by hand, constructing our homes, running/walking and not driving we’d all be more fit. So it looks like we need to make time for movement…or else. I have always thought I finally can afford to eat what I want, but I can’t afford (physically) to eat it. Dang it!

    • Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

      A chiropractor friend stated: sitting is the new smoking.

    • I can’t speak for Matthew, but my new eating plan is not something he recommended for me. I told him what I’m doing. I guess you might say I’m going off plan. 🙂

      “The old days” – that’s something Dr. Fung talks about a lot, mainly how in earlier American generations we didn’t spend so much of the day eating, which spikes our blood sugar. Have you ever noticed how many products have the word “snack” in it? Back in the old days, there wasn’t a lot of snacking. And you’re right about physical activity.

  6. Avatar Patricia Bay says:

    Your brave, honest transparency always inspired me! I love this article. Very informative!!!

  7. Looking forward to reading about your experiences. I’ve tried the intermittent fasting — but I didn’t do it by the book. I ended up eating too much and feeling gross. Also – if I can’t start my day with coffee and half and half, I collapse in a weeping heap. 🙂 But I’m not too old to learn new tricks. Yet.

    And yes, as Hal said, hungry is good for creativity, also: for sleep and for concentration when mixing music. Thanks for taking us along on your journey.

    • I can relate to your coffee fix. That’s the way I’ve been my whole life, and have often joked that someday when I grow up I’ll drink my coffee black. It’s been an adjustment. For my morning coffee, I now use instant coffee, just one spoon, super weak, and it’s not horrible.

      That’s funny about your and Hal’s observation about being more creative when you’re hungry. Interesting.

      • Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

        For what it’s worth, Dr. Mosley touts whole milk and whole milk yogurt because he thinks there are nutrients in both that are removed in the skimming process. Jim eats yogurt twice a day, and is delighted to forego the low-fat variety, and he’s especially happy about drinking whole milk the few times he has a glass. I don’t care for either milk or yogurt; so it matters not to me. In fact, milk is the one food that, if it were a requirement of an eating plan, I’d turn the page. Can’t abide the smell or taste. If I’m using milk in a recipe, Jim has to test it for me because it all smells sour to me. So maybe you can sneak a bit of whole milk or even cream into a cup of GOOD coffee and not blow your fasting plan.

  8. Avatar Denise O says:

    Hey! Great minds and all. I’ve been doing kichari cleanse this past month or so. Has moved the scale, too.

    This idea is based on monodiet concepts. Aryevedic to boot.

    Kichari is basically yellow lentils, rice and veggies, cooked into a stew with aromatic spices.

    As a busy working woman, I like having all my food lined out for the next few days.

    Good luck and keep us in the loop!

    • Your kitchari cleanse was new to me, so I looked it up. Interesting. (I wonder if there are any places that sell it, or is this something people make for themselves?) Does it taste good?

      Keep us posted!

      • Avatar Denise O says:

        I love it. The chutneys for the top really make it delicious (lime and cilantro)

        I use vegetables that I get from Churn Creek Meadow Organics so every batch I’ve made is different. I adore it, cuz I love fragrant spices. I tend to add in a jalapeno and curry powder to every batch.

        It’s turned out to be sort of a spiritual thang, as I release being food centered for the time being. My workouts for those days are easy, so I even release that compulsion. The longest I’ve lasted is 2.5 days and am okay with doing a 24 hour stint.

        I did buy triphala drops and think those are a big help in the afternoon slump.

        Like Carla states, trying harder to eat majority of calories in mid day. My off kichari cleanse days I eat what I want but try hard to stick to WW sized portions at any one sitting. Vegetables allowed liberally.

  9. Doni, what I like most about Intermittent Fasting, is that it is science based. Our embarking on this lifestyle, as twins, makes for an interesting study. Here’s a link to another Dr. Jason Fung YouTube video that helps explain the concept of why low calorie restriction doesn’t work long term, and in fact, sets dieters up for failure. I’m happy to be part of your fasting story, and look forward to being healthier as we age.

    • Shelly, I’m glad you linked to this video. If I had to have a non-believer watch just one of Dr. Fung’s presentations, this would be it.

      Thank you! And I’m glad you’re on this journey with me.

  10. Avatar Carla says:

    A couple of years ago I decided to cut out breakfast and be done with eating anything after dinner, at around 6:30. That’s one way to do intermittent fasting. I just don’t need as much food as I used to when I was younger so it’s working for me. I don’t try to be low anything, (fat, carbs, etc) except sugar. I can definitely be better with more exercise. Looking forward to the longer days coming our way. Hang in there!

    • Well, Carla, it sounds like you’re doing a nice 11-12 hour fast, so you’re already there.

      • Avatar Gary Solberg says:

        Doni and Carla – Carla has described a diet where she fasts MORE than 11-12 hours, right Carla? If you skip breakfast and then have an early lunch, say 11:30 a.m. and then dinner around 6:30 p.m. and nothing thereafter, this would be fasting about 17 hours each day.

  11. Avatar Ginny says:

    Oh, hope the new fasting diet works for you. Maybe I will start it, too, as 10 or 15 lbs. would be nice to say goodbye to. ;o)

    Love your writing!

  12. Avatar Peggy says:

    Very interesting..looking forward to hearing how this works for you and Shelly…digestion stomach issues are compelling me to try some new eating ideas…

  13. Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

    As a high school and college wrestler, I was well-acquainted with fasting to make weight. I should probably take the practice off the shelf and dust it off–I would love to know how much less my back and hips would hurt from tennis if I could shed 25-30 pounds. I’ve been drinking my coffee black since my sophomore year in high school (i.e., since I started drinking coffee), so that’s easy.

    Alas, too late to start by skipping breakfast today.

    • Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

      The fast routine we follow suggests two meals a day: breakfast and an evening meal. The author eats breakfast at 7:30 AM then dinner at 7:30 PM. We don’t do that. Since we’re retired and do our exercising before breakfast, we eat at 9:00-ish and 5:00-ish.

    • Steve, there’s always tomorrow. 🙂

      Beverly, if it works for you guys and your schedule, that’s all that matters.

  14. Avatar Rita Panike says:

    Doni – I will be interested to see how this works for you. Before I came to Align my eating style (by default) was intermittent fasting. I was a 1 meal a day person, on occasion I had 2 meals. It was just the way I always ate, my entire life. The end result was that it was horrible for my metabolism. I was a BIG person and it came from not eating. I remember my first meeting with Matthew Lister, he asked me what I had to eat that day. When I told him he immediately said “and what else?” When I told him that was it he asked about the previous days and again, my answers were much the same. He just shook his head and said “you need to eat more”. There have only been 2 times in my life that I have been able to take weight off and keep it off, those times are when I eat on a regular basis – breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner. Now, if I skip a few meals during the week because I just couldn’t find the time, my weight goes down. Following my old ways, I immediately think “I need to eat less” and go back to my old habits but the following week at weigh in my weight goes up. That’s usually followed with the same statement from Matthew, “Next week I need a food log from you”. He knows me too well and he knows that I will usually eat if I have to expose my soul (also known as my eating habits).
    I guess that means I am a skeptic about intermittent fasting because I have suffered the long term effects. I will be curious to see how this works for you.

  15. Avatar Diane B Hill says:

    I’m not really a fan of fasting diets myself. I think initially you lose weight in the beginning but as soon as you start eating like “normal” you gain it right back. At least that is what has happened to me in the past. Matthew has schooled us that the body needs fuel (food) to be able to function and burn the fat. It just needs to be the right choices. Me personally I have been stuck too, so I get where you’re coming from. In my case I haven’t chosen the right foods and swayed off the plan. I still really believe in the food plan mapped out for me at Align. It really is a mental thing for me and I am determined to keep forging forward.
    The bottom line is whatever works for you is what matters. Look how far you’ve come already. I feel that we are both champions in our own right. Best of luck in your new venture sis.

  16. Steve Steve says:

    Doni … I’ve found that not eating at all is much easier, and I feel better. But as soon as I eat something, especially if it’s good tasting … I can’t stop eating. Best of luck to you. It is a constant battle. Unlike you, when I was younger I was thin and could eat anything and as much of it that I wanted and not put on a pound. But when I hit 50, oh, baby, did things change. The pounds add on quickly. So it doesn’t matter if we start out chunky or thin, for some of us, it’s a constant struggle to find that perfect formula. Will we?

    • Thanks for the good wishes. We shall see!

      Staying healthy is a lifelong proposition, and we need to find what works for us.

    • Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

      What is it about reaching 50? I, too, was rail slim until 50. At 5′ 6″, I generally weighed around 115. The first time I gave blood was during a blood drive at work, and the requirement was a woman’s weight had to be at least 110. I missed that mark fully clothed; so the co-worker behind me put his parka over my shoulders, and the needle on the scale advanced above 110. Them wuz the days, and they’re long gone.

  17. Avatar Joanne Lobeski Snyder says:

    I have always had so many questions how our bodies use energy. So much to think about. The only time I maintained a normal weight was when I ate one meal a day. This is certainly something to investigate. A doctor wrote in an article in the RS that it maintaining weight was a simple equation. Less calories in and more out. He was talking about men who don’t have the same system as females. No female died in the ill fated Donner Party… Thanks for your research Doni….

    • Our bodies ARE a puzzle.

      One thing, the article you read where the doctor said losing weight was simply a matter of less calories in and more out … Dr. Jason Fung takes issue with that philosophy.

      If you don’t watch any other videos by Dr. Fung, watch the one Shelly posted in her comment, above. He really takes doctors to task for basically setting patients up for failure by making them adhere to a doomed diet system. He really turns on its head everything we all though we knew about losing weight.

      Oh, and that’s interesting about the female Donner Party survivors. It makes sense. Generally speaking, women have more fat reserves.

  18. James Montgomery James Montgomery says:

    There are spiritual benefits to fasting, too. Those of us who are mystic wackos know that the veil of illusion becomes more diaphanous when we fast. I refer you to the stories of Jesus, the Buddha, and Mohammed.
    Saying that, it has been quite awhile since I fasted more than a day. Thanx for the reminder.

  19. Avatar Gary Solberg says:

    In “Buddha’s Diet” the authors present a good case for fasting every day for 14-15 hours. It might be a challenge for those with jobs and families with a need to coordinate meal timing, but it is surprisingly easy for me after a few months. My eating window is 7am to 5pm. Here is a link to the book on Amazon:

    • Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

      Thanks for that. Since we are already fasting about that number of hours many days and definitely on intermittent fasting days, it will be interesting to see how close we come to Buddha’s recommendation.

  20. Good luck Doni I’ve actually been contemplating doing the exact same thing myself (makes sense to me as well). I will follow your progress and wish you all the best in the next leg of your journey!

  21. Avatar Cate says:

    Am thinking there are bigger things to write about. Everything is about moderation, from politics, to guns, to dieting. How do we find moderation? Extreme anything isn’t in anyone’s best interest

  22. Avatar Esteri says:

    How is it possible to get enough nutrients with a one meal a day approach? I have started to do IF and have my first meal at noon of something like 200 gm. of broccoli, and egg and 4 T of tomatoe paste and am stuffed. However 2 hours later I am hungry and have a smoothie with milk, berries,etc. Dinner between 5 and 7 is a huge salad with a bit of meat and maybe some starchy veggie. I am tyring to hit 4700 grams of potassium per day but this would be impossible with one meal a day. Are y ou tracking your micronutrients? I really don’t think a mulit vitman is reliable. WOndering two where cortisol comes in and if IF causes a problem with cortisol and as a result thyroid? ANy thoughts?