I have eaten a handful of edible chestnuts with freshly-squeezed orange juice at 6:30pm, and now, two hours later, I feel fully sated. This was my last meal for the day as I’ve been “fasting” in the evening for the past 3 weeks. But you don’t have to eat so little for this regimen to work. You will find, however, that your body will need a little less food as you go on.
I want to share this experience with you because I believe it may be a healthy way for most people to lose weight, provided you keep in mind a few things.
Disclaimer: If you’re a diabetic, or have any health problems, consult with your physician before changing your eating habits, as this regimen may not be good for you. I am not a health professional and this is not intended as medical advice.
These are just some reflections upon the value of such a fasting regimen, based on my own experience (I have tried it several times without gaining the weight back; when I did gain the weight back it was because of unhealthier food choices and lack of exercise) and what I have read in various books on health and nutrition, among them Dr. Alejandro Junger’s Clean, which I highly recommend.
How much weight will you lose? It depends on what you eat, how much you exercise, and, of course, how much you weigh at the start and how your body works. I have lost 3.5 kilos (7 pounds) in two weeks myself with minimal exercise and no food restrictions except one: no added sugar in anything (but you can eat sweet fruits to satisfy that sweet tooth; you will also notice that slowly you can beat your sugar addiction, provided you don’t have a serious sweet tooth problem to begin with).
Now it’s been three weeks since I started fasting in the evenings after 6:30 pm. The weight loss stopped. I do plan to shed more pounds but I’m not in a rush. I am thinking now how to change my meals and to include more daily exercise.