Intermittent fasting is a lifestyle rather than just another diet, and you have to follow it consistently in order to get results. It isn’t something you do until you lose the excess weight; rather, it’s something that you will want to continue permanently. Not only does intermittent fasting allow you to maintain your loss effortlessly, but it also provides so many other health benefits, that I covered in the chapter about why you should consider fasting. As an example, my inflammation has gone down so much that I don’t even need daily allergy medication anymore.
When I dabbled in intermittent fasting from 2009-2014, I never could convince myself that it was something I wanted to—or could—do forever. I was caught up in the mentality that you “dieted” only until you reached your weight loss goal, and then you magically maintained the loss, forever and ever, amen. When I finally realized that there was no actual finish line, and weight maintenance would take some level of change for the rest of my life, I accepted that intermittent fasting was the ONLY way I could see myself living my life forever.
Once you choose an intermittent fasting plan to begin, you’ll have to figure out how to make it work for you. There is nothing wrong in trying different approaches. Read over the examples I provided in the book, and also consider reading the original books that I have listed in the Annotated Bibliography. Each of those books goes into the plans in much more detail than I have here.
So why do I say that intermittent fasting is a lifestyle and “not a religion?” It’s because I want you to forgive yourself when life gets in your way. You will take a day off to live your life, and that’s okay. You’ll have a vacation, or a holiday, and you’ll want to turn your eating window into a revolving door. failed.