In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Robin January from Fayetteville, AR.
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Robin works at a university lab in the Food Science Department. In the summer of 2018, Robin was diagnosed with a torn artery in her neck which resulted in several mini-strokes. She then developed a brain aneurysm. Her doctor immediately ordered her to go on bed rest for the next four months, with the warning “do not gain weight.”
That same summer, Robin’s mother had her watch a talk show segment on IF. Robin’s response: “IF is a fancy word for starvation.”
But as she began to gain weight, Robin decided to give IF a try.
For the first several months, Robin added cream to her coffee, having no knowledge of the clean fast. Robin stumbled upon Delay, Don’t Deny, and learned about the clean fast. The transition to the clean fast made the fast easy. Robin eventually moved to a morning eating window. She currently follows 20:4, with a weekly longer fast. She has lost 25 pounds, going from a size 14 to a size 6.
Robin’s health has radically improved. Her brain aneurysm has healed. Her psoriasis, which covered her entire body, is now almost gone completely. She also has improved gum health after a 14-year battle with gum disease.
Robin’s advice to new IFers: “Find a reason to fast that is completely independent of weight loss. Look for small victories. Be content with health benefits if you’re not losing weight at first. Don’t be afraid to try things that seem scary.”
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