IF or WHEN or… BOTH?

Definitely WHEN. I’m talking about my weight-loss goal. When I lose 100 lbs I will be healthier and my life-threatening ailments, such as sleep apnea and type II diabetes will be cured, or much more manageable. Years will be added to my life. When, not if. But also BOTH. Let me explain. When I say ‘IF’ I don’t mean ‘IF’. That is to say, Intermittent Fasting or IF will very likely get me to my goal weight. In fact, Intermittent Fasting has been my only successful approach.

Each time I have used IF I have lost weight, and my blood sugar spikes have normalized. It is called Intermittent Fasting because you fast intermittently. Some refer to it as Eat Stop Eat. I eat at 2PM and stop between 7PM and 10PM. So, I fast for 16 to 19 hours every day. This lowers my blood sugar naturally (without metformin, the typical diabetic drug for type 2). It also forces me to eat less calories because it’s hard to cram what I normally eat in a whole day into that shorter window of 5 to 8 hours. A third benefit is that my liver and digestive system is being rested. A little known fact about the body is that cells will heal themselves more efficiently when energy isn’t being diverted to the digestive process. The problem with eating 3 meals and snacking in between is that the body is constantly digesting–the cell-healing process kicks in less or never.

I am happy to report that I have lost fifteen pounds in the last month IFing (I-effing?). I am also working on High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) also known as HIT workouts. That looks like this: intense burst of exercise, rest, intense burst, rest etc. Basically, what I do is pound on a heavy bag with a boxing routine. I work hard for 30 seconds to 1 minute and rest for 2 minutes. Ideally, you are supposed to rest half of the time you burst. One minute burst, 30 second rest or 2 minute burst, 1 minute rest(I’m really out of shape so I’m not doing that but it’s getting easier). You do this to a maximum of twenty minutes. Some have success doing it for just 10 minutes a day. HIIT puts the body into fat burning mode. You burn fat over the next 24 to 48 hours.

One ten to twenty minute workout per day? Anybody could fit this system into their schedule. What some do is they alternate days of HIT workouts with days of strength training such as weights or weight machines. Working out your muscles will help you burn fat. Even as you gain muscle and weight loss doesn’t show on the scale right away, know that muscle is heavier than fat. Your body is still burning fat even if it’s not apparent on the scale. Checking for inches lost instead of pounds lost has some validity.

So, that’s where I’m at. My health goal is a matter of WHEN not IF but also BOTH because applying IF, my weight-loss program should be a HIT. I’m utilizing HIIT, doing HIT workouts as I HIT a heavy bag. I’m having way too much fun with these corny puns.