Season 1

Episode 149: Jackie Arena

In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Jackie Arena from Kingston, MA.

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After seeing herself in pictures from her 32nd birthday, Jackie realized it was time do something about her weight. She had heard about IF from friends who were a part of the Delay, Don’t Deny Facebook support group. In August of 2019, Jackie began IF with a 16:8 protocol, eventually moving to OMAD (One Meal A Day). She then settled into ADF (Alternate Day Fasting) with a 36:12 protocol.

After a year of the IF lifestyle, she had lost 82 pounds, going from 202 pounds to 120 pounds. She currently maintains between 122-128.

Jackie feels amazing! She is off depression and anxiety meds, and and her asthma is gone.

Jackie’s advice to new IFers: “This is your life. Live it. No excuses.”

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