Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent Fasting One Month Results (With Photos)!

(Last Updated On: August 29, 2019)

Intermittent Fasting One Month Results

Today I’ll be revealing my intermittent fasting one-month results, with before and after photos! The process was really interesting, and I learned a ton. I’m pleased with my results and am super excited to share everything about my intermittent fasting one-month experiment!

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Why Intermittent Fasting?

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After failing at literally every other attempt to lose weight in my adult life, in early 2017 I first learned of intermittent fasting on Reddit. Over on the r/intermittentfasting forum, people were sharing success stories and amazing before and after pictures left and right! It was intriguing, but I was super skeptical.

Concerned about scary health risks like metabolic damage or throwing my body into “starvation mode”, it took me a really long time to wrap my head around the idea that regularly avoiding eating altogether could be a safe, healthy way to lose weight.


The ONE Book That Changed It All

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After expressing my concern, the good folks over on Reddit recommended Dr. Jason Fung’s The Complete Guide To Intermittent Fasting as an intermittent fasting Bible of sorts, so I instantly downloaded the Kindle version and got started reading straight away.

Though I tried to get into it, I found myself too busy with work and parenting to ever sit down long enough to make something out of it.

That’s when I had the bright idea of grabbing the audiobook. Now THIS was a game changer.

Not only was I able to devour the entire book in just a few short days while doing other things like driving, cooking, cleaning and changing diapers, but the audio version was FREE!

You see, if you’re a new Audible member you get your first two books totally free (I did not know this at first). And you can still cancel your membership at any time… so it was a totally risk-free way for me to get the information I needed. (I’m still a happy member though, lol)!
 

What Makes This Intermittent Fasting Book So Great?

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I personally enjoyed it because while personal anecdotes and before and after pictures are exciting and motivating, I see the value in science-backed, professional research letting me know what I’m about to do is safe and truly effective.

Upon listening to the audiobook I felt confident I was making an educated, safe decision, and it was all systems go!

As a bonus, it helped get my skeptical husband on board with fasting too!

He’s the type to swear you MUST eat breakfast first thing every morning and eat every 2-3 hours throughout the day or you’ll fold up and die lol…

So I strategically made sure to play it while my husband was within earshot, and the information helped soften him to the idea.

In a nutshell, this audiobook was the final nail in the coffin that sealed the deal on my trying intermittent fasting! 

So, for the month of May 2018 I stuck to intermittent fasting 16 hours a day.

For funsies and accountability, I thought it would be neat to track my progress here on the blog.

Here are the final results!


One Month Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss Schedule

Intermittent fasting 1 month before and after

I chose a 16:8 intermittent fasting schedule. The goal was to fast for at least 16 hours daily and eat all my day’s food within an 8-hour window.

This usually meant skipping breakfast and eating around 11 am or noon and having my last bite of food between 7 and 8 pm.

For exercise, I wanted to walk/run at least 2 miles most days of the week and throw in some in-home weight training, usually doing a little yoga and lifting weights with these adjustable dumbbells, and a little yoga at my leisure.

Like 20 minutes a few times a week.

I also wanted to make more effort to just be outside.

Like walk with my toddler to the park and toss the ball around with him.

I didn’t really have a “diet” or off-limits food list, other than sugar.

I’ve had some mean sugar cravings since quitting alcohol 6 months ago and wanted to keep this under control.

Overall I wanted to eat healthier, mostly home-cooked foods, but nothing was really on the no-eat list.

My main goal was to just keep an intermittent fasting schedule for one month.

I didn’t want to get too strict about everything else.

I figured keeping it simple would help me see the effect of the intermittent fasting schedule itself, not necessarily compound effects of sticking to a strict diet or workout routine.

 

Intermittent Fasting Results Before And After

Starting weight: 176.6  | Ending weight: 166.8 |  Weight lost: 9.8 lbs

Starting body fat %: 38.8% | Ending body fat %: 35.9%  | Body fat % lost: 2.9%

 

 Intermittent Fasting Results Before & After Pictures

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A Quick Note About Measurements With Intermittent Fasting

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So, we all know that the scale is definitely a love-hate thing, but it’s important. What I did was get a biometric scale that tracks more than just body weight. The one I use and recommend is the Renpho Bluetooth BMI Scale. This scale is so awesome because it’s 1/3rd of the price of the wildly popular Fitbit Aria scale and has everything you need to track your progress.

I like it a lot because it syncs seamlessly to my iphone and comes with a free app for tracking all my data. So that’s how I was able to effortlessly calculate body fat lost in all my charts!


My Experience Intermittent Fasting One Month

2 week fitness fasting transformation

Intermittent fasting for a month will teach you SO much about yourself!

Looking at the photos honestly, I’m not thrilled with the outcome.

I was hoping for a more dramatic difference, but the scale, fat percentage and inches measurements tell a different story.

It’s super important to track different metrics to get the big picture.

The first three weeks intermittent fasting were easy-peasy, though that’s always the case with something new (at least for me). The “newness” of it all and instant results are motivating.

Is that the case for you too?

Things Finally Unraveled

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My last week intermittent fasting one month completely unraveled and it was hard for me to stay the course.

Though I fasted properly leading up to the Memorial Day holiday, I ate some foods I shouldn’t have during our holiday celebration, and that was mistake #1.

I started to seriously crave fast food after that.

I didn’t cook or meal prep that Sunday as usual, so I wound up eating out a lot that final week.

It all went downhill from there.

My son got sick and we had to take him to the hospital.

Seeing him so unwell was heartbreaking. I literally told my husband “I’m going to emotionally eat my feelings now”… and we went to Fatburger.

This was a setup.

Not only did I eat a huge burger and fries, but I ate it late at night well past my feasting window (I usually quit around 7 or 8… I ate this burger at 10:30 pm).

Eating such an unhealthy meal so late at night meant my next feasting window wasn’t until 2:30 pm the next day!

With the added fun of making me feel starved early in the morning, too. And not for healthy food, either.

I caved, and ate more, outside of my feasting window.

More unhealthy food, which I continued to crave more and more of.

After I ate it I’d feel lethargic, have digestive issues and just feel “blah”.

So, I’d eat more.

I never really hit binge eating territory, thankfully, and I only broke the fasting window on that one occasion, but I don’t feel good about unraveling the way I did.

Eating unhealthily, feeling nauseous, bloated, slow, lazy and just gross overall has been hard to bounce back from.

It’s a huge lesson to myself to try to be as prepared as possible.

Nobody’s perfect, so I don’t expect to nail it 100% each and every time, but really?

What are they putting in fast food to make it do all that?

After eating mostly clean for the first three weeks maybe my body was used to something different.

The immediate, horrible effects of fast food became glaringly apparent and it’s nothing I want to repeat again.

Glad that’s over!

 

Intermittent Fasting One Month — Sugar Cravings Still Gone

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One of the best outcomes I immediately noticed from day one was the removal of my sugar cravings.

I’m SO pleased that they are still gone! 

I ate sugary treats a total of 3 times since starting intermittent fasting, expecting it to re-trigger me.

But it hasn’t!

I’m still actively avoiding sugar for the most part, but I think 2-3 sugary treats each month isn’t too crazy.

I’ll indulge if I feel like it.

At this point, it’s safe to say my sugar addiction is cured!

I feel like a normal lady!

 

Intermittent Fasting and Exercise

Intermittent Fasting 2 Weeks Exercise Plan

I think my experience for the month is something I can expect for myself, in general, going forward.

Starting out strong in the beginning and tapering out over time, then getting back on track is normal for me.

 

I thought sobriety would be the magic pill that would give me consistency with diet and exercise, but that has not been the case.

 

Throughout the years I’ve always been consistent with exercise overall.

I don’t think I’ve ever gone more than a week – two TOPS – without doing some exercise.

But it’s been common for me to start a new program, last 3-6 weeks, fall off, then pick back up.

That’s exactly what happened this time. And I still lost 10 lbs.

The first couple weeks were great.

The end sucked. Now I’m back at it.

I’m sure in a couple more weeks something else will happen, and I’ll pick myself up again too.

I’ve learned to be OKAY with this.

This is a huge win for intermittent fasting for me.

I feel like I can do the bare minimum 100% of the time – which is just DO THE FAST.

Some weeks I’ll go beast mode in the gym and eat only broccoli and kale (exaggerating).

Other weeks I’ll slip and order Domino’s pizza because I don’t want to cook.

But in the end, with the help of intermittent fasting, I’m confident it’ll even out.

I can dig it.

 

Benefits of Intermittent Fasting One Month

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Here is a brief bullet-point summary of the best benefits of intermittent fasting for one month, given all the ups and downs I’ve experienced:

  1. Sugar cravings zero: This is the biggest takeaway. If I never lost a single pound I would STILL do a 16:8 plan just to kill the sugar beast.
  2. I still lost weight: Even with everything falling apart, I STILL got a good result. That kind of staying power is so important for someone who has problems with consistency.
  3. Intermittent fasting is simple: I love the simplicity. Even when I “fail” I still won. Out of 31 days, I made my fasting window 30 times. I like easy wins.
  4. It’s sustainable: No matter how busy I get, how unmotivated I am or what other ills life throws my way, I can do this.
  5. It’s flexible: If I’m hungry, I eat. Bottom line. The flexibility of picking right back up again without skipping a beat is freeing!
  6. It doesn’t hinder socializing: We had two holiday celebrations this month. Both times I fit fasting in without having to tell anybody what I was doing. This is important to me.
  7. It saves money: save lots of moneyEating less sure does. This may be an unconventional approach to saving money, sure, but it does help!

 

The Downside of Intermittent Fasting One Month

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  1. Hunger is still uncomfortable: I only experienced an uncomfortable level of hunger after eating fast food. Fully acknowledging exactly why this happened, I can still say it was absolutely miserable. I did go ahead and feed myself when this happened, but it was still really terrible. I kind of also felt bad like I let myself down when I did this.
  2. Some compulsive desire to “push it”: I still feel the desire to push it to longer fasts sometimes, though I’m not going to. Still, the compulsion is there and I’m not really a fan.

 

Final Thoughts On Intermittent Fasting

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While not 100% perfect, intermittent fasting is definitely an effective, easy way to lose weight. Especially if you’ve struggled with controlling your appetite or exercising a bunch in the past. 

Only you can decide if intermittent fasting is right for you. But if you try it out, good luck!

Happy fasting!


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12 Comments

  • A.Hiroko

    This post was really informative, I’ve browsed some itermittent fasting posts and videos on Youtube but I like how you break it down. I haven’t quite taken the plunge yet. All I’ve managed to do so far is make stop eating after a certain time. Can’t wait to try it.

  • Allie

    Thank you! It seemed a lot harder than it actually was. I’m going to start back up in July! Good luck if/when you do start 🙂

  • Rah'Gee

    This post was so informative. I’ve done it once before but with some health lifestyle changes I wanted to try it again. Thank you for breaking it down the way that you did. I will start back tomorrow. Saying I will try it for me is just an excuse. My older son told me with touch love….Ma it’s either Life or Death. Some may say that’s harsh but it isn’t. He knows that you have to keep it real with me. Some get warning after warning healthwise but still go right back to their same habits. I choose to live. Yes the first few weeks may be easier than the last but if you have a goal set to reach and God by your side….you can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens you. The enemy will temp you with food that you don’t need but you have to be strong enough to stand. See I use to let someone say….you can eat a little. Mistake #1 for me. Once I get that taste….my cravings come back. Especially sweets. So I’ll just pray and resist.
    I’m sorry for taking that route. I wanted to say thank you for sharing your testimony. It has truly inspired me. I would love to join your blog for accountability, strength, and new ideas. How would I do that?

  • Allie

    Rah’Gee,

    I’m glad you got something positive from my story and that you are going to give it another shot. Weight management and emotional eating are really, really hard and I feel your pain.

    It makes me happy to hear that your son cares for you so much and is giving you the push and support you need to make the changes you desire. Sometimes it really does take someone close to us to bring us to the edge. We can’t always get there ourselves.

    For me, intermittent fasting is the only thing that worked so far to help calm my sugar and food addiction, but it’s really easy to fall off and regain what you lost and go right back into poor habits if you’re not careful.

    I don’t believe intermittent fasting is a cure-all for that reason, sadly.

    I don’t have all the answers myself. Right now I’m just now getting started doing some really deep work on healing my issues with food. I hope to continue to share my experience and connect with others who “get it”.

    If you want to join my blog, the best thing to do would be to join my weekly fitness mailing list at the bottom of this page.

    I send an e-mail every Wednesday giving updates about the site and other info so you’ll always know what’s going on, and I just started doing 30-day fitness challenges too via e-mail. The first one is Burpees for this month, and it’s turning out pretty okay. It’s not a full-blown workout, but rather just a little way to do *something* daily and not feel so alone or like you have to do ALL THE THINGS.

    You could always shoot me a direct e-mail. I’d love to hear from you! Let’s chat! <3

  • PORTIA DLADLA

    Hi Allie

    I am in South Africa, we don’t believe in fasting for weight loss, I’ve done diets(too many of them). I decided to adopt this type of fasting into my lifestyle. When somebody talks about diet, I feel angry because diets never worked for me. I started Intermittent fasting on the 1st August. I’m getting better now and I have lost 8.8 pounds in 2 weeks. I am aiming to lose 55 pounds by the end of this year. I believe all these guidelines will help me bring back my confidence. I love your Blog.

    Kind regards
    Portia

  • Allie

    Hi Portia, thanks for the comment. Congrats on your weight loss! I’ve found intermittent fasting to be the easiest, most effective thing. Dieting sucks lol. It’s hard if you come off intermittent fasting though and don’t have a good diet in place. That’s my only problem with it. I’m sure you can reach your weight loss goal by the end of this year. Keep going and don’t give up!

  • Michele

    Congratulations especially on your sobriety! My Dad had over 40 years sober when he crossed over in February. I love your honesty about cravings, emotional eating, challenges around holidays, and fasting. I have for myself chosen a path where I make healthy choices throughout the day every day with no fasting involved. I lost 58 pounds over two years in my fifties and have kept it off these past five years. If you want to know about that, please feel free to contact me. You rock! Congratulations on your sobriety and all your healthy chioices. Im so happy you have found a sober way to celebrate your success! Enjoy every moment.
    Michele

  • Allie

    Hi Michele, thanks for the comment and the kind words! I’m very sorry to hear about your father. I hope you are coping well and are surrounded by loving family members and friends.

    I’m glad to hear that you’ve had success with weight loss the traditional way. I’ll be reaching out to you to chat about that some. Intermittent fasting does work, quickly, but it’s got its own set of issues.

  • Anne

    I wondered about coffee in the morning? I’m a huge morning coffee drinker ! If you put creamer in does it break the fast?

  • Allie

    Hi Anne! Anything more than 50 calories or so will definitely break the fast. It’s best to drink you coffee black but if you must have creamer just use *very* little. Like a teaspoon. And definitely no sugar.

  • Casey

    Thank you for this honest, REAL article! I have awful eating habits and I’m sure the types of food are what makes me feel sluggish and hungry all the time. I look forward to trying intermittent fasting and seeing how it makes me feel.

  • Allie

    Hi Casey! Yeah it’s hard to be honest with ourselves but so many people (including me) eat poorly. I lost the most weight the fastest (and felt the best) when I was eating super clean. But I lack(ed) the discipline to keep going forever. It’s always a struggle but the honesty is the most important part really. You have ot know where you really stand if you expect to be able to make the right changes. I hope you love fasting as much as I do! Good luck!

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