In this episode of the Intermittent Fasting Stories Podcast, Gin sits down with Todd and Nicole Hachey, a couple doing intermittent fasting together. Their initial introduction to IF began with a friend of Nicole’s, after which Nicole got interested in Gin’s book Delay, Don’t Deny. Todd was initially skeptical, but agreed to give IF a try. He decided to research the lifestyle and stumbled upon The Diabetes Code by Dr. Jason Fung, and learned that IF had a great deal of medical and scientific support. For people that want a deeper dive into the science behind IF, The Diabetes Code is a great supplement to Gin’s book.
Gin then discusses the concept of ‘appetite correction’ with Nicole, which is a phrase coined by Dr. Bert Herring. Todd also warns against using your eating window to eat foods that may not work well for your body. He noticed that his blood sugar was higher after eating certain foods, even though he was following IF. However, after tweaking the types of foods he was eating, he saw his blood sugar decrease to non-diabetic levels even though he was diagnosed as a diabetic. He is currently free from all medications, and keeps his diabetes under control by dieting and exercise, which are positive changes often reported after applying IF.
Nicole advises people beginning IF to be patient, and to trust your body. Don’t beat yourself up if you slip here and there – let it be a lesson for the next time. If you stick to IF and get past the adjustment phase, the results will likely be wonderful. And, just throw your scale away. Todd adds that this is not a diet, it’s a change in your relationship with food in general. When you need a benchmark – look at yourself in the mirror and see how your clothes fit you. You might be in for a surprise.
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