Intermittent Fasting Results: Losing 85 Pounds in 8 Months
I was 14 years old, addicted to video games, Mountain Dew, and Doritos (Salsa Verde and traditional being my favorites). I stood at 5’8″, and I was terrified to get on a scale. One day I finally did, and my heart nearly stopped when I saw the number.
At 14 years old I was morbidly obese, and had no idea whatsoever how to fix the
little big problem I had. That is, until I accidentally discovered a trick and put it to use. These are my intermittent fasting results.
When I was 14, the internet wasn’t as big. It existed, obviously—hence the World of Warcraft addiction. However, the fitness communities hadn’t quite caught on yet. Intermittent fasting was not a raging trend that loads of people were using to lose weight, lean up, or just be generally healthier.
I started just skipping breakfast because I was simply desperate. I was genuinely terrified I was going to end up on the floor of my room with a clogged artery blocking my airway. At the autopsy, the doctor would probably read out…
“Time of death, 3am. Cause: Doritos.”
Breakfast was a goner. I just wanted to cut the calories out. Little did I realize that even if I kept my calorie count the same across three meals, it didn’t seem to be as effective as limiting those calories to two meals. I felt great when I didn’t have breakfast. Sure, the first few days were a bit rough, but they didn’t kill me. I was accidentally getting intermittent fasting results, and they were saving my life.
My intermittent fasting results: I ended up losing 85 pounds in a span of 8 months. I dropped all the way down to an incredibly skinny 135 pounds. Eventually, I realized that I wasn’t healthy at that weight either. I started lifting weights, feeling fantastic, and have kept the weight off ever since (though have added a solid 40 pounds of muscle on top of it).
So how’d I do it? Well, let’s dive in.
Ben’s Intermittent Fasting Results, Strategy, and More
My days generally looked like this:
- 7am: Wakeup, head to school or my internship.
- 7am-11:30am: Fasting.
- 11:30am: Turkey and cheese sandwich (about 5-6 long) and one banana.
- 6:30pm: Dinner, whatever my family was preparing that evening. I kept it to one serving, although I didn’t discriminate too much on the size of that portion.
Smartphones weren’t really around then, so I didn’t have way to easily track my macros and calories. I didn’t know anything about fats, carbs, proteins, or anything at the time. I just knew I needed to eat less calories than I burned. That’s what enabled me to get such drastic intermittent fasting results. Simple math.
If you put a gun to my head, I’d probably estimate that I ate roughly 500 calories a day at lunch; the sandwich and banana. I then would eat another 800-1,000 calories at dinner. I didn’t consume any alcohol (I was 14!), soda, or anything really. Just water and the occasional bottle of Gatorade.
Intermittent Fasting Exercise
Now, here is the part where I’d say you need to be cautious. I was playing basketball for two hours a day and/or running 3-5 miles.
I was doing all of this on that minimal amount of calories. Not to mention—I was 14. My metabolism couldn’t have been that bad. It was a little bit extreme of a plan, but it worked, thankfully. Hindsight is 20/20 though. I probably could have consumed 1,700-1,900 calories a day and been just fine.
I would have had less hunger pangs, wouldn’t have had the occasional weakness (borderline passing out) when exercising, and it would have just been healthier—and probably would have only added another month or two on to the overall journey.
If you’re aiming to lose weight, you should probably cut down slightly on the heavy lifting in the gym. If you’re trying to lean up, you probably not lose too much overall strength.
Benefits of Intermittent Fasting
There’s a lot of them, but let’s start with the obvious.
1. Losing Weight
The primary goal behind why most people begin incorporating IF into their lives. There simply isn’t an easier way to cut calories out of a diet. Not to mention, most people cut out breakfast—which is the least important and most unhealthy meal of the day. Most people aren’t incorporating a steak and eggs diet into their breakfast. Instead, they’re stuffing loads of crappy carbs and sugars down their throat (I’m looking at you, doughnuts and Frosted Flakes).
2. Better Focus
You know how you’ll get back from a large lunch, and then just crash. That’s your body processing all that food you put in it at lunch. Most people report having incredible focus once they start incorporating IF into their life. It makes that morning time as productive as ever. Some people even start extending their fasting time in order to become more productive.
3. Great Coffee
Coffee is the best way to suppress hunger. If you’re fasting every day, you’ll be drinking a lot of coffee. This leaves you lots of time to experiment with high-quality coffee and become a bit of a guru.
Meal Times on IF
There are some steps that you should absolutely take if you want to incorporate intermittent fasting into your life.
Are you on the European eating schedule; lunch at 2pm and dinner at 10pm? Does your work mandate that you take lunch at a specific time every day? These are the kind of factors you should look in to. Ideally, you want to build a schedule that is easy to stick to.
The most important thing is to try to hit 16 hours of fasting. If you choose to go longer, great—but getting to that 16 hour mark is important. The most common IF schedules I’ve seen are:
- “Brunch” at 11am, dinner at 7pm.
- Lunch at 12pm, dinner at 8pm.
- Lunch at 1pm, dinner at 9pm (European style).
It’s completely acceptable to have some small snacks in the middle if you deem it necessary. It probably will be assuming you plan to keep exercising while you’re doing Intermittent Fasting (and you should). Just keep it light and make sure it fits into your macros.
A final note: I definitely think it’s best to save the bigger meal for last. Keeping lunch light keeps you focused throughout the day. Then you can pig out at the end of the day and really enjoy yourself. Plus it’s a reward for making it through your daily fast, and a hard day of work.
Conclusion on My Intermittent Fasting Results
85 pounds was a lot of weight to lose, and set me up for success for the rest of my life. I learned how to control my desires, stay disciplined, and most importantly—I’m healthy.
Intermittent fasting has become a part of my life, and I’ll never look back.
Let me know if you have any questions regarding IF in the comments below,