In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Rebecca from Boston, MA.
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Rebecca was athletic and swam competitively for many years, and was always “body conscious.” When her high school boyfriend told her she needed to lose weight, Rebecca says, “From then on, I became extremely weight-obsessed. It hurt deeply.” After college in 2015, she went through another emotional breakup that sent her into deep depression. This traumatic event was the trigger for obsessive thoughts about food, and Rebecca was diagnosed with Binge Eating Disorder. She felt like a failure. Desperate to succeed with weight loss, Rebecca began to count calories and track macros, still struggling with binge eating.
In 2017, Rebecca broke her foot, and then lost her mom, using food as comfort. As a result, she rapidly gained 20 pounds. By March of 2019, Rebecca’s doctor prescribed antidepressants, which helped her to gain another 40 pounds by November of that same year. At this point, Rebecca weighed 212 pounds and felt awful.
One day while online, she stumbled across some Dr. Jason Fung YouTube videos on calories and body fat storage. She then came across the Intermittent Fasting Podcast.
Rebecca began IF with 16:8, but found it was not enough for her. After learning about other IF protocols on the Intermittent Fasting Podcast, she switched to a OMAD approach. She loves that IF is a flexible lifestyle.
Rebecca has experienced many health benefits, such as her skin tags fell off. And most importantly, she hasn’t binged in a year! She no longer thinks about food constantly. Rebecca feels mentally better, and is much more productive during the day. She has lost 64 pounds, going from 212 to 148 pounds.
Advice to new IFers: “What works for one, might not work for you! Be kind to your body, stick to it, and the results will come.”
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