In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Suzanne Stone from Tarzana, CA.
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Suzanne shares that she began her first diet at age ten. Her father, worried she would be overweight as an adult, put her on a low carb diet. Suzanne recalls, “My father made me do 500 fast jump ropes every day. He would sit there and count every one of them.” Years of diet plans, counting calories, and diet pills followed. She would lose, then eventually gain everything back.
Suzanne was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2012 and put on thyroid medication. Her thyroid needed to be removed, but before surgery, her doctor gave her an iodine treatment. She was also taken off her thyroid medication for six weeks. This whole process was done twice, causing a 20-pound weight gain each time, along with severe lethargy and major inflammation. After a long recovery, she tried various diets to lose the weight, but struggled to go back to the diets that were once successful.
In March of 2019, her friend Fred (also a DDD Facebook group moderator) shared about intermittent fasting on Facebook. She had heard about IF from another friend, but thought it sounded crazy! Desperate for something to help with her severe allergies, Suzanne decided to give IF a try. She read Delay, Don’t Deny and The Obesity Code, and began with a 16:8 protocol.
Almost two years later, Suzanne has lost 45 pounds. She’s gone from a size 14 to a size 6. Her health has greatly improved. She takes very little allergy and thyroid medication now, and no longer needs her inhaler. She has mental clarity, feels more confident, and craves healthier foods. Suzanne started a Facebook group called A Valley Girl’s Guide to Intermittent Fasting.
The advice she’d give to new IFers: Learn patience. Diet mentality takes a lot of time to change. You have to really work hard to get past it. Weight loss won’t be fast. It is a lifestyle, not a diet. When you change the way you look at it, then you’re not as worried when it doesn’t happen fast!
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