I know you are probably yelling “You want me to be fasting to lose weight during the holidays? Linda, are you crazy?”
I just wanted to share my fasting to lose weight story with you. Then you be the judge of whether or not fasting to lose weight is a good plan of action for you.
In nineteen ninety-three, I weighed four hundred and ten pounds. I was wearing a size thirty-four/thirty-six. To say I was huge would be an understatement. Frankly, I was sick of myself, my body, and I knew I had to do something about it.
For some reason, October seems to be the magical month for me to get motivated to lose weight. I don’t know if it is because of the holidays are coming or what. I just know that usually January, April, and October are the months I finally get sick and tired of feeling sick and tired, and I attempt to lose weight.
I contacted my doctor at Kaiser, and he suggested I contact and enroll in one of their wellness programs. One program, I noticed, included Optifast. I had met several people who had done Optifast, losing weight very quickly. Evidence of their success was obvious. One month I saw them and they were really fat. Two to three months later, and then six months later, they were thin, even skinny. That’s all I needed to convince me to give it a try. Fasting to lose weight, here I come!
It was the first week of October. I went for lab work, had a complete physical, and attended my first weekly class. Three months later, in the beginning of January, I weighed in at three hundred and seventeen pounds. I had lost ninety-three pounds in three months.
Don’t laugh, but I felt skinny. I hadn’t weighed under three hundred and twenty-pounds in over nine years. I felt great. Well…for the most part.
By the end of November, I had my first gall-bladder attack. I thought I was honestly dying. It was severe. The doctor told me I was losing weight so fast that my gall bladder was filled with stones from trying to metabolize the fast weight loss.
That was not the only side effect of fasting to lose weight. The other side effect affected me mentally. Thanksgiving day came. The entire family sat around a long table heavily laden with incredible holiday favorites. As everyone piled
plates high, I sat at the table with my shake. It didn’t matter to me the praise poured onto me for sticking with my plan despite the holiday. It felt like torture. I felt angry so angry I suppressed it deep just to get through the day without crying or tearing someone’s head off.
Christmas came. Everyone sat down to eat. I took off to the movies. The large theatre was empty except for me. It was lonely, but it wasn’t torturous. Thank goodness the movie was good.
Now, twenty years later, if you really want to know how I feel about fasting to lose weight, I will tell you if you do it right, can handle it physically and mentally, will not rebel as I did (by January, I got to the point where I was only drinking one shake a day instead of five because I was sick of the shakes), then more power to you. Fasting to lose weight definitely works in getting weight off fast.
Personally, I would do a partial fast, doing the work through Aaron’s program that would put me in the proper frame of mind to handle such a huge change. I would replace one, maybe two, meals with a very good protein powder to make sure I am getting the nutrients needed to maintain good health. Aaron can suggest excellent brands of protein powder. Make sure to talk to your doctor before doing any diet, especially something so drastic as a fast.
Most importantly, remember the premise of Aaron’s program. Making small changes to create large results. Fasting to lose weight is a huge change. Make sure you have done the work, mentally, so your decision to fast to lose weight is now another small change leading to the large results. If you are like me, losing weight is a struggle. I don’t want to give up much, yet. To give up so much as to attempt a full fast to lose weight means you have worked your way toward the fast that food temptations will not bring you down. And again, I will stress to you, it is important to be followed by your physician when doing a complete fast to lose weight. I wish you well.
Until we meet again, this is Linda Misleh Wagner, Future Former Fatty.
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