My name is Markus.
I had lots of people ask me how I was losing weight. I told my story, and a handful of my friends tried it. Do you want to lose weight? It worked for them, and I think it will also work for you. Plus, you’ll be much healthier and feel awesome. This blog is my way of my plan, which I’ve named Weekday Fast.
I am not a Doctor, nutritionist, personal trainer or dietitian. I didn’t even stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night. You should see your Doctor before making any dramatic changes to your lifestyle, exercise or eating habits. I am sure many of my friends who are reading this and know that I am a computer guy are amused that I’ve suddenly put up a health blog, but after being overweight for 25 years, when you finally find something that works…it was impossible not to share it. Being a computer guy, I am pretty good at is aggregating large amounts of data, testing different methods, trying different things in tandem and observing what works. It’s a work in progress, but if you are interested you can read what is working great for me so far. Your mileage may vary, but I am absolutely convinced that intermittent fasting will make you a healthier person.
I did not “discover” Intermittent Fasting or nearly any of the information in this plan. Again, I am not a Doctor, but the guy who started the entire “Fast 5/2” movement is – Dr. Michael Mosley. For a quick intro you can watch the BBC special that started it all on YouTube, and I strongly recommend his book, The Fast Diet. It’s only $10 on Amazon and you should buy it immediately.
You see, I have been overweight for most of my adult life – until now. When I was in college I was in pretty good shape, but once I got in the workforce and started spending most of my days at a desk, things went downhill fast. At one point I got on Nutri-System and actually lost around 60 pounds, but after I went off the program, I gained it all back. When I got married in 1999 I was weighing in at nearly 275. Thanks to my wife’s healthy cooking and not eating out so much, I got down to around 240 over the course of the next few years. (Unfortunately, that still put me in the “Obese” category according to my BMI. The top end of the “Normal” scale for someone my height is 194, so I’m shooting for 190 now.)
Over the next 25 years or so I tried the Atkins, South Beach, The Zone diet, Fit for Life, Slow Carb and a handful of others. Not to mention the half dozen fad diet books I bought and then never even started.
Maybe if I had stuck one of these diets over the long haul, I might have had better results, but every one of them had something in common – I had to abandon some of the foods I love to eat. That might work in the short term, but before long, I would miss my favorite foods and the willpower to stay on the diet would evaporate. Some diets didn’t work, some did, but in every case, as soon as I stopped the diet, any lost weight came right back. That’s why I now firmly believe – Diets Don’t Work!
I also work out regularly and got back into running about ten years ago. I started running 5ks, then a 10k, and eventually a couple half Marathons. Yet no matter how much or how far I ran, I didn’t lose any weight. I asked my doctor about that and gave me the grim news – after the age of 35 or so, it is nearly impossible to lose weight through exercise alone. You have to change what and how much you eat. (I now know the third and most important part of that equation – changing WHEN you eat.)
Last year when we returned from our Spring Break family vacation, I realized I had put on a few pounds, so I stepped on the scale and discovered my normal 240 had ballooned to 255! Enough is enough. I told my wife I was getting serious, and I started hitting the gym regularly, walking every day and really watching my carbohydrate intake. A month went by and I had only lost a few pounds, and those in the first week. Then my stepdaughter sent me a Facebook link and said “Mom said you were trying to lose weight. I’ve been doing this and it works!” Well, I checked out her link and it was the previously mentioned BBC special by Dr. Mosley. At first I was incredulous – but the more I studied it, the more it made sense. I tried it, and between June 1st and Thanksgiving, I dropped to 215, where I have been maintaining ever since. Meaning – I haven’t put the weight back on for the first time ever. Now, after being on maintenance mode since last Thankgiving, I’ve decided to go back on the full plan and try to get down to 190. I’d like to be able to say I’m not overweight (according to my BMI.)
Over the course of the past year, I’ve gotten into several conversations about “How I did it”. Naturally, I was enthusiastic about my success after so many years of failure, so I would explain what I did. After a few times, I got pretty good at the speech! And then a funny thing kept happening. A few months after I had told someone about my plan, I’d run into them again, and they said something along the lines of “Hey, remember that day when you were telling me about how you lost your weight. I started doing exactly what you told me, and it works! It’s awesome! I’ve lost ___ pounds!” After the third or fourth time, I started realizing – this can’t be a coincidence. This doesn’t just work for me…it works for a lot of people.
So I decided to write it out and share it, in hopes that it will help you too. I even started a Facebook Group, so if you’re interested, join in and I’ll try to answer any questions I can. If you do try the plan, please let me know if you try it, and what your results are. Shoot me an email or jump in the Facebook Group. We can all support each other, compare experiences, and I’ll answer as many questions as I can.
So that’s it! Hope you enjoy the blog, and I hope you’ll give Weekday Fast a try.