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In 2022 I needed to lose a bit of weight. My daughter was getting married and I wanted to wear a suit that I bought in 1992.
The action I took was to just eat one meal a day. It worked, six weeks later I could wear my suit again. I bought this suit when I finished university.
Eating just once a day wasn’t really sustainable so after the wedding I decided to have a go at TRE.(Time restricted eating0 I was really kind to myself. For the first six months I ate for 12 hours a day and fasted for 12 hours( Overnight).
I did realise some benefits. I slept better, I felt better overall but the biggest surprise was how easy it was.
Yeah and my weight kept on going down effortlessly.
A little background. Years ago some mice in a lab were fed a diet of junk food. One group were on TRE and the other group weren’t.
So the group who weren’t on TRE developed lots of health problems and surprisingly the ones who were on TRE didn’t. They didn’t even gain weight.
Imagen the excitement. The scientists thought they had unlocked the secret to weight loss. Sadly mice aren’t people. When this experiment was carried out on people the differences were only marginal.
Mice in laboratories only live for about 2 years so if you fast them for 16 hours that might be equivalent to a year of fasting for a human being.
The research has continued and in 2018 a Japanese scientist called Yoshinori Ohsumi, received the Nobel price for his research on something called autophagy which in essence means cell recycling.
So there is lots of research going on about TRE and there are many signs that it is very good for our health.Some studies have even been conducted on people recovering from cancer. There are even some indications that TRE could prevent you from cancer.
So about 11 months ago I decided to take TRE to the next level. I now fast for 16-17 hours on most days. I normally eat my last meal of the day at around 3 PM. When I wake up I normally drink black coffee and I have my first meal of the day at around 10 AM.
I am not finding this hard at all and best of all it really works well. I am nearly 59 years old and I was getting a bit flabby. Well now I am all ripped and I haven’t made any other changes. My training is still the same. 3 hours of exercise per week.
If I want to eat a late meal one day then I can easily adjust by delaying my breakfast the next day.
I feel great. Hands down TRE is the best thing I have ever done in my life.
By: Abdi-Karim Berleen/Personal trainer in Loughton.