Season 1

Episode 157: Jeni Kessler

In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Jeni Kessler, a registered nurse from Wisconsin.

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Jeni never followed diets, but instead accepted that she would always be “big.” By the end of nursing school in 2009, her weight climbed to 230 pounds. It was then that she hired a trainer, followed a diet, and managed to lose 30 pounds. But over the years, she gradually gained the weight back.

In November of 2019, a friend posted about her IF journey, sharing that she was an upcoming IF Stories podcast guest (Episode 55). This inspired Jeni to try IF, and she began that day! She currently prefers a 20:4 protocol, and has gone from a size 16/18 to a size 6/8.

Jeni’s health has improved. Her blood pressure is lower, all of her labs are better, her fasting insulin is now 4.9, and she no longer needs GERD medication. Jeni’s doctors are thrilled with her progress, and completely support her IF lifestyle.

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