This space normally features conservative political commentary. But something major happened in my life that has nothing to do with politics and I wanted to share it.
On Jan. 16 of this year, I went out to dinner with some friends. And, that night, I found rock bottom under a pile of shrimp and grits, and an enormous slab of carrot cake.
Before dinner, my suit barely fit. After, those buttons deserved a medal. I felt awful — physically, and emotionally. My health was off the rails and I knew it. And I resolved to make a change.
Oh, I had tried to lose weight before. I was a fat kid and a fatter adult, hovering in the 250–275-pound range for years. Once, I drove my weight down to 220 pounds and told people the secret was “run farther, eat less.”
But the weight came back. It always does. You can’t exercise your way out of this. In my experience it’s 95% about your diet, although I did start walking at least 45 minutes a day this year (if you haven’t looked into the concept of a “Shultz Hour,” I highly recommend it).
I had tried other diets with some short-lived success. I moved down to 194 pounds in 2017, and then watched the scale steadily tick up to 233 pounds the morning after this January’s dinner. Stress, anxiety, social pressures and boredom (more than actual hunger) caused me to eat all the time and I could feel myself heading right back where I started.
But then I began devouring something else — nutritional information. At age 43, I didn’t know squat about food, insulin, sugar, ketones, glycogen, carbohydrates, etc. But I resolved to finally learn, and my research led to several articles and books about intermittent fasting.
The idea seemed crazy at first. How many times had I gone eight hours without eating, let alone 16, 24 or 36? I could probably count them on two hands. But I learned that fasting is no fad — humans have been fasting for millennia.
Today, we are bombarded with advice to eat. Eat more meals to keep up your metabolism. Eat this style or that and watch the pounds fall off. Eat bars. Drink shakes. The common thread in all dieting advice is to eat. Eat all the time!
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SOURCE: Courier Journal, Scott Jennings