In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Jen Havard, who has lost over 100 pounds in her first 10 months of intermittent fasting. She is from Indiana, where she is a wife, a mother of four, and also a counselor in women’s health. She has struggled with weight her entire life, trying “every diet on the planet.” Most of the diets left her miserable and deprived, always feeling as though food controlled her. However, with a combination of major deprivation and four hours of exercise a day, she managed to lose 100lbs. But once she began working full-time, most of the weight she lost came back on. As a result, Jen felt incredible shame.
In January 2019, she signed up for a 21 day challenge that incorporated fasting. This was Jen’s first introduction to the idea of fasting, and she began to research it. A friend told her about the book, “Delay Don’t Deny,” and Jen joined the Facebook group. She also began listening to the Intermittent Fasting Stories Podcast. She did a combination of OMAD, 16:8, ADF, and began to lose weight. But this time, the weight loss felt different. She continues to vary her fasts, and her weeks are never the same. She keeps a plant-based, whole-foods lifestyle. Jen says that “food no longer controls her.” Some of the health benefits she has experienced by IF is her thyroid function has improved, a decrease in aches and pains, and inflammation. She has more endurance, and “emotional freedom.”
Jen’s advice for new IFers: “There is hope and freedom, find the courage to believe in IF, and dive in.” She is almost to her goal weight, and loves the freedom that IF has brought to her life, and is thrilled to be free from counting and tracking calories. For her, IF is not just about weight loss, but also health.
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