I started my weight loss journey about 3 years ago now, At the time I had gotten to my heaviest - I'm 6ft male who'd reached around 17 and a half stone (Cheers dominoes pizza) - I was much much larger than I am now and carrying a lot of body fat at the time - I didn't work out because I didn't care and figured I would do something about it later - hence why the weight crept up on me so fast.
It's taken me 3 years to learn all I need to learn - I started off for a year or so very strict on most of what I ate - I was on Porridge or eggs for breakgast - chicken salad for lunch and chicken and brocolli for tea. I also tried to do Power 90 cardio and strength work outs every night (takes about 30 mins workout and 30 mins abs). This managed to get me down to about 16 stone - still obese but feeling much better about my self.
After this I broke up with my girlfriend, this put a lot of stress on me but instead of binge eating (the route she took) I joined the gym, started cardio and got more and more into my fat loss journey and researching my nutrition. I still had pretty epic cheat days at this point and was still drinking when I felt like it.
I've been at the gym probably 6-7 months now, I've got down to 15st on the button which I'm happy with. I'm still classed BMI wise (According to the NHS Calculator) as being the high end of overweight but at least I'm not obese anymore
I'm quite a large build so my main goal is to get down to 13 stone which is the high end of the acceptable weight for my height, age and gender. Now that I've lost weight to this point I was starting to struggle and then I started reading about intermittent fasting. This can be done by skipping meals for an entire 24 hours or the route I chose which is not eating at all till after I've been to the gym.
So I might wake up not eat - go to the gym and lift weights, box and swim then after all that between 12-15pm I would have my first meal. usually a 50g protein shake then a bit later Usuaully two poached eggs and some carbs (veg, rice or potatoes) then later on in the evening chicken breast and some more veg. I pretty much stick to this all week. More protein and fat than carbs fasting every day.
I don't feel like I've lost much more weight from this method (at least not the amount I was lead to believe would fall off me) but one of the reasons I chose this method in particular was because from what I'd read this approach allows my body to go into Keytosis and burn my stored fat. Once I work out lifting heavy weights and break down the glycogen stores in my muscle I build that back up straight after by breaking my fast.
I plan on continuing with IF and weight lifting till I reach my goal of 13 stone (it's hard to take into account the lean muscle I'm building vs the fat I'm losing) Sometimes my weight doesn't change at all even if I know I've been in a strong deficit of calories and been in the gym 6 times a week for 2 hours. In all honesty it's been a long journey and it's took completely changing my habits, my life and the way I look at foot and working out. I'm happy with the progress I've made but I can honestly say I was hoping that it would be a much quicker journey but I suppose that's a cautionary tale for anyone who thinks they can lose weight extremely fast and keep it off.
Anyway that's my story so far, I was wondering if anyone had used Intermittent fasting and how they found it as a tool for weightloss and how long they've kept it up for?
attached is an image of my progress first picture is 07/05/2013 last picture is 28/10/2015