Eating fat will make your pants fall off!

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I was busting out of these shorts last year!



I was busting out of these shorts last year!

Contrary to what we’ve been told, eating fat won’t make us fat! I have proven that it’s ok to eat healthy fats (yes, that’s a thing) during the past year.

In March of 2018, I was horrified to find myself busting out of my favorite shorts. The pockets bulged, and the zipper strained. Today, those shorts are literally falling off of my body!

Journal entry from March 28, 2018:

The diet industry has done a real number on me—to the point where it seems as though numbers mean nothing. 

My perception about my body has always been a numbers game: weight, calories, portion sizes, clothing sizes, the cost of yet another fad-fueled attempt to get my ever-present eating disorder under control….

So far, so bad. I’m 52 years old, and I still can’t figure out how to regulate myself in the face of cookies, pizza, wine and cheese. 

Is it hormones? Hunger? Cravings? Or am I just an eating-disordered mess with zero willpower?

I drank my U-brew coffee this morning, and I took my PS 1000 drops at 10 AM. My weight today was 156.5. This is a darn sight better than the 160 I saw the other day. That really freaked me out! And there we go with the numbers thing again. I feel hopeless. 

Journal entry one year later: April 2, 2019:

What a difference from last year! Today I weighed 123 after a night out eating delicious seafood and drinking something with rum—yum! 

I didn’t count calories and even dipped white bread in butter sauce! Yup. I went there. And it was okay. My size 4 shorts fit fine, and I’m starting to trust myself enough to know that I will never get fat again! 

So, what’s the difference?

It’s HUGE! 

I’ve been a classic yo-yo dieter since my mom made me lose 10 pounds when I was 10 years old. 

The ups and downs of dieting!

Mother was fat. And she told us that it was the worst thing in the world. She made it abundantly clear that getting fat like her would be a fate worse than death by chocolate!

And yet, the fat was always there; waiting to fill my jeans with excess flesh until they could no longer be zipped up. The fat was lurking behind refrigerator and cabinet doors; waiting for me to sneak into the kitchen late at night like a ravenous thief. 

There were times when I was strong, and even more times when I gave in to my hunger and greed. The result wasn’t pretty.  

Then I began researching, and I suddenly realized that the American diet; which avoids fats and cholesterol, along with the prescribed way of eating—several times a day—has actually been tricking everyone into morbid obesity!

I now know that NOT EATING is just as important as eating healthy food. And eating fat in the form of real butter, cheese, nuts, etc… will NOT make you fat. In fact, you need healthy fats in order to thrive.

Would you be willing to do anything to get off the nonstop diet treadmill?

If you’re like me, and you’ve been struggling with years of losing weight and then gaining it back, I have good news and bad news:

First the good: There’s a new way of eating which can put an end to weight-gain worries! Follow this protocol, and not only will you be thinner and healthier, but you will actually SAVE money AND GAIN TIME.

Now the bad: You have to be willing to forget everything you ever learned about dieting and exercise. You will also have to be willing to go for hours and eventually days at a time WITHOUT FOOD. 

The answer lies in intermittent fasting and ketogenic dieting

If you’re up for the challenge—and I promise that this will change your life—then get ready to buy a whole new wardrobe!

There’s a ton of information about intermittent fasting on the internet, and I urge you to do your own research, because everyone is different.

The video below features Dr. Jason Fung, author of The Obesity Code. A nephrologist, Fung has become a pioneer in telling everyone the truth about fasting.

I began my weight loss journey the moment I realized that paying for diets that sell packaged food was a huge mistake. I had purchased yet another plan for a whopping $400 (monthly cost) and it incorporated a couple of fasting days. On the second day without food, I decided that I would ditch that diet and just try fasting once a week.

When I did eat, I tried to adhere to a ketogenic protocol of

  • 70-75 percent fat
  • 15-20 percent protein
  • 5-10 percent carbohydrates

For the first several weeks, I was diligent about avoiding carbs.

Graph of my progress

And then once I got closer to my goal weight, I shifted my focus onto intermittent fasting—which meant regularly avoiding food (just drinking water, tea, and coffee) for 20-24 hours a day and eating just one big meal. I also like to throw in a 36- to 45-hour fast once or twice a month. Last month, I even saw the scale dip to 119–a weight I hadn’t seen since my 20’s!

I’m now maintaining my weight in the low 120’s. I’m eating carbs again, but I will never stop fasting!  I’ve saved money and have tons more time, because I’m not always focused on my next meal.

It’s certainly a process—it takes practice to get used to not eating all the time. But when I do eat, I really enjoy the experience.

UPDATE

I admit to falling off the dieting wagon a few weeks ago. Processed junk food and too many restaurants got the better of me while I was traveling, and 15 pounds later…. 😱

Intermittent Fasting to the rescue!

In an effort to restart my progress, I embarked upon a 77-hour fast. I originally planned to go for 72 hours, after reading that a three-day fast could reset my gut microbiome. The first 24 hours were difficult. But then I embraced the experience and soared through the next two days with barely a hunger pang! Those extra five hours were easy. It was my longest fast ever!

I broke that fast with bone broth and a cup of frozen blueberries. It was divine! Plus, I ended up losing five pounds. This made so much difference in the way I felt, and now I’m ready to lose the rest.

Coaching others is also helpful, because it strengthens my resolve.

If you have any questions, just let me know in the comments section.

©️Jill Cueni-Cohen