Season 1

Episode 155: Joanna Penn

In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Joanna Penn, author and podcaster from Bath, England.

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Joanna learned of intermittent fasting from a podcast in 2015. The way it was described, Joanna got the idea that IF was only for men, something that was medical, it took too much discipline, and was for only people who didn’t like food. “I decided IF was not for me,” and she carried on with life.

During the pandemic that began in March of 2020, Joanna found she was putting on weight. Knowing she had to do something, she recalled IF and did some new research. She came across Delay, Don’t DenyFast Feast Repeat, and The Obesity Code, and read all three.

In July of 2020, Joanna began with 20:4, and she has never looked back. Her husband also joined her with IF. He had struggled with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) for many years, trying several things to manage it. But within three days of IF, his IBS was gone!

Joanna has lost roughly 17 pounds, going from 170 to 153. She has loads of energy and feels great! IF is simply a part of her life now.

The advice Joanna would give new IFers: Have patience! It may take a couple months to figure it all out.

You may find Joanna Penn at: and The Creative Penn Podcast

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