Intermittent Fasting and Bulletproof Diet: 1 Month Results
Updated: Feb 12, 2020
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I must confess. Once I hit the one month mark of being on the Bulletproof diet and intermittent fasting, I’ve started to slack a bit, so I need to get back on track to meet my goals!
Staying motivated is very hard for most of us, and I am no exception. I have an incredible sweet tooth (chocolate chip cookies might be my biggest weakness), a little gremlin on my shoulder that tells me I should just enjoy myself and indulge, and a penny-pinching mentality that just doesn’t want to say no to FREE food.
Overall, I have stuck very well to the main principles of this eating plan. I haven't been perfect, but pretty darn close. I had a few momentary lapses where some chocolate chips cookies got the best of me, but I don't think that disqualifies me from sharing my results.
The effect of intermittent fasting and the Bulletrproof diet on my body has been pretty crazy, most of which you can't see on a scale. My greatest results and symptoms came in the first 2 weeks. In those first 2 weeks, I lost 8 pounds. Since then, my weight has fluctuated up and down a few pounds but I’m pretty stuck at the 7-8 pound mark. I was not heavy to begin with so I’m right at that cusp where the final 10 pounds are hardest to lose.
Before I started the diet, I was already pretty in shape, exercising 5-6 times per week, and eating relatively healthy. The biggest shift for me was the fasting, cutting out all the sugar, adding more healthy fats, and making sure to eat only the cleanest foods. I already don't drink (often) or smoke. For anyone who didn’t have great habits to begin with, and is a little heavier, I am certain weight would melt off a lot faster.
The first 2 weeks were also the hardest. Sugar detox is no joke. Prior to starting this clean eating, I was eating a lot of sugar and carbs. Eliminating this caused some withdrawal that manifested in cravings, headaches, brain fog, slightly elevated anxiety, increased energy, and difficulty sleeping.
After 2 weeks, I was fully detoxed and all of these symptoms cleared away. I finally felt the mental clarity I was expecting. My energy level was steadily high, but not to the point of being jittery. My digestion was amazing. I stopped feeling hungry all the time and my cravings were just about gone. I really felt great and the food was so delicious. I love eating high fat food and being able to drown my veggies in butter. It makes them so much more pleasant to eat!
Intermittent fasting was the part of this plan that made the most nervous. I didn’t know how I was going to go 16 hours without eating, and not feel totally HANGRY. I also work out in the morning, which meant working out on the fast. In doing my research, I was reassured to learn that intermittent fasting seems to be a very healthy approach, with studies pointing to anti-aging benefits as our bodies kill off harmful cells in fasting states. Many people fast for longer than the 16 hours. An 8 hour eating window seemed moderate and manageable.
At first, I was definitely hungry. Thankfully, I had my bulletproof coffee
in the morning to give me a full feeling and some energy. But that would quickly wear off at first. After the 2 week mark, I really didn’t think about it anymore. I now feel less hungry for lunch (with the fasting), than I did before when was eating a protein-rich breakfast. Because I’m often up at 4:30 in the morning, my eating window is 11am-7pm. It’s been working really great. It turns out the fasting is actually very easy and I don’t feel deprived at all.
As I move forward, I have a plateau to overcome. My weight loss is stagnant and I would like to lose another 10-15 pounds. To up my game, I hope to do the following:
1. Aim for a gallon of water per day. This has helped me lose weight in the past, and I’ve been slacking in the hydration department.
2. Cut back portion sizes. While this in theory shouldn’t matter much on this diet, basic common sense and the fact that the scale is not moving, tells me that it does matter.
3. Reduce the nuts. I’ve been eating too many nuts. They are healthy but they are high in calories. Every time I attempt to lose weight, I get tripped up by the nuts. They fool me every time. Damn you, nuts! Why do I love you so much?! They are healthy, natural, yummy, and satisfy some of my cravings, but they are very high in calories. I need to cut them out or have the self-restraint to only have a handful.
4. To a better job of sticking to bulletproof foods and not giving in to processed temptations. This is an obvious one, but necessary.
Here are my results so far. The angle is different so it’s hard to get a direct comparison. Basically, I have lost 7-8 pounds and 2 inches off of my waist. If you are curious about my original weight and measurements, check out Bulletproof Diet: 9 Reasons Why Its My Diet of Choice in 2020.