Season 1

Episode 408: Tami Haverkamp

In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Tami Haverkamp from Seneca, KS.

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Tami is a wife and a mother of four.  She works for a health insurance company in customer service. Tami opens up about her lifelong struggles with weight and self-image, recounting her early feelings of not fitting in due to her height.  She tried a variety of dieting and weight loss methods over the years—including low-fat diets, Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, the South Beach diet, and others. Despite experiencing some success, particularly with Weight Watchers where she shed 100 pounds, Tami faced emotional and physical challenges that she fought to overcome for years.

Tami stumbled upon Jason Fung’s “The Obesity Code” and discovered the 16:8 intermittent fasting method in 2019, marking a pivotal change in her health trajectory. Despite initial hurdles with intermittent fasting, such as not losing any weight, Tami saw substantial improvements in her appetite control and finally was able to comfortably maintain her weight.

Shifting from 16:8 to a three-to-five hour window most days  allowed her to finally lose weight, and she is currently at a weight similar to her high school weight.

She has continued to see progress in her well-being, celebrating non-scale victories like relief from carpal tunnel pain, hip pain, and silent reflux. Tami embraced the value of making an irrevocable commitment to herself, which is advice she heard from a past IF Stories guest.

Tami offers advice to beginners on their fasting journey: push through the initial difficulties, learn to tune into your body’s needs over time, and remain patient and committed. By understanding and adjusting to new information and the tools we have available to us, Tami believes that anyone can improve their mental and physical well-being through intermittent fasting.

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