Billybob..my wife does that type of fasting. She has kept a large weight loss for many years and is 5 foot 6 inches and 130 pounds. It's not easy but she went from having an A1c of 8 to 4
I admire her for her commitment and discipline
I've been as high as 340 and am holding at 255
Sugar is killing me. I Am addicted to sweets.
I've overcome alcoholism smoking and did drugs although I'm not sure if it was true drug addiction or just using them to avoid alcohol withdrawal.
Anyway 90% of my health issues are directly related to the weight issue
I go to the gym and do walk and swim when able.
Eat healthy save for massive amounts of candy.
She went from having an A1c of 8 to 4? That is downright spectacular. It is awesome. I'd love to hear more about
Is that along with medications or all by way of intermittent fasting and or low carb eating? Not that I don't believe that can be accomplished by a dietary approach alone, because I do, although that is QUITE the change! Conversely, I don't think I have seen such a massive response from drugs alone, and even if she did, it probably would not help overall health near as much as a dietary approach. Not only do many drugs have their own SEs as we all know, but (depending on the drug, such as metformin vs actually having to progress to insulin or a drug which increases insulin) drastically lowering blood sugar or A1C by way of drugs only sometimes leads to actually worse over all health,or at least not much improvement. Because, even though the lab numbers(BS and A1C) look better, the original T2D problem of excess insulin and insulin resistance has only been made worse(by adding insulin in drug form). But if your wife has done that by a dietary approach, then it is almost certain that she has at the same time drastically lowered(rather than increasing) her insulin levels. Or, even if done with a combo of diet and drugs, probably still with more improvement in over all health(usually demonstrated by a lowering of drug dosage, lower blood insulin and less needed to be injected).
Glen, I share your struggle with carbs in general, and sweets in particular. I certainly do my share of fasting, and some times even do well at keeping my net carb load pretty low. But, it is awfully easy for me to give in to some good home cooking(with desserts) or even convenient fast food.
I think you are right about
the sugar, it is the enemy of health in so many ways. And it is addictive, in fact, I probably am prone to addiction to it. Why do I say I am addicted? Because I know dang well what a piece of pie more than once a week will do to me, but if it is in the house, I am probably going to eat it at least one piece a day until it is gone. If I am convinced of the overall negative result on health, and potential long term misery it can cause, then why would I do it? Maybe because I am an addict? Maybe.
Glen, have you looked into tryin the intermittent fasting that your wife uses for yourself? (most likely you have already, since your wife uses that approach) I ask that because I personally find it to be the easiest (mentally) approach for me to use. IOW, I have discovered that it is easier to- for a while- to just not eat anything than to go very long(many days) without the foods that I love. YMMV of course. I find I can tolerate hunger right now, while knowing I am going to enjoy a good supper cooked by my wife later- with most of the foods I love- at the end of the day. Also, surprisingly, I find I don't eat all that much(if any) extra once I finally break the fast- because my stomach has shrunk I suppose, and I find I fill up surprisingly quickly.
Then the other surprise is: the longer I fast, the less hungry I get, sort of. Particularly when I am repeating the fast the next day. So, if planning on eating supper and then not eating again until supper the next day(about
22-23 hour fast), I might get really hungry around lunch. But it comes in waves, and that usually subsides, and when another hunger wave hits at maybe 2 or 3PM, I usually find it is not nearly as intense as that first wave. So I can usually say " Dang, I'm hungry, but LOOK, it's only 2 or 3 more hours until the good supper, I can do that on my head!". And finally, by supper I am even less hungry, but find I can't eat as much as I was planning on. Better yet, if I repeat the next day, all of it seems even easier.
So, I fall off the wagon a lot, but I feel as though each fast I accomplish undoes a lot of damage, and certainly keeps me in a more reasonable weight and blood pressure range than if I am not fasting. I wish you luck in being able to take a similar approach as your wife, to whatever degree you are able to do it. And I wish you and me both greater success against our shared demon sugar. ( and all the foods that quickly turn into sugar once digested) Good luck, Bro!
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