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Episode 199: Jacqui McCoy

In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Jacqui McCoy from West Palm Beach, FL. Jacqui was a contestant on the reality TV show Extreme Weight Loss, and she shares what it was like to go through that experience, including what viewers don’t see: what happened after the show. She is now a happy intermittent faster.

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Being told by her doctor that she was overweight, Jacqui was put on her first diet at age eleven. This resulted in a lifetime of diets, and a broken relationship with food.

Decades went by, and Jacqui gave up: “I’ll just always be the big girl.” At this point she had reached her highest weight of 365 pounds.

In 2011, Jacqui was chosen for the reality TV show Extreme Weight Loss. In the course of a year, she dropped 207 pounds eating an extremely low-calorie diet and doing daily workouts lasting six grueling hours.

Maintaining her loss proved impossible. Her hormones and appetite were severely damaged, and Jacqui found herself in a vicious cycle of binging and restricting. She eventually gained back much of the weight she had lost from the show.

Then in the summer of 2020, Jacqui heard about Delay, Don’t Deny. She began with 16:8, and felt great right away.

IF has helped Jacqui to heal her relationship with food, and to learn to listen to her body. It has given her a freedom she has never known.

Jacqui’s advice: “Truly just trust the process and your body. Start with the 28 Day FAST Start. Don’t change anything until after those 28 days. IF gets easier over time.”

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