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Are you ready to be inspired? Tune in each week to hear real-world stories from successful intermittent fasters, including their best tips to help you find success. Intermittent Fasting Stories is hosted by Gin Stephens, author of Delay, Don't Deny: Living an Intermittent Fasting Lifestyle and Feast Without Fear: Food and the Delay, Don't Deny Lifestyle.

Intermittent Fasting Stories Gin Stephens

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Are you ready to be inspired? Tune in each week to hear real-world stories from successful intermittent fasters, including their best tips to help you find success. Intermittent Fasting Stories is hosted by Gin Stephens, author of Delay, Don't Deny: Living an Intermittent Fasting Lifestyle and Feast Without Fear: Food and the Delay, Don't Deny Lifestyle.

    Jimmy Dettman

    Jimmy Dettman

    In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin Stephens speaks to Jimmy Dettman from Rapid City, South Dakota.

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    Jimmy is a middle school math teacher, Church Pastor, and also runs a DJ business. He shares that around Christmas of 2017, he visited a friend in the hospital who had health issues. This made him think about his own health, as Jimmy had reached his highest weight of 246 pounds. He had heard of intermittent fasting from the nurse at his school, and began watching YouTube videos on IF. A friend at work decided to join him, and on January 6, 2018, he started with a 17:7 protocol. The school nurse gave him the book Delay Don't Deny and he read it in four hours!

    The first month of IF, Jimmy lost weight quickly. By April, he had lost 40 pounds. By the fall, he lost another 10 pounds. He has now gone from a size 38 pants to a size 32! His blood pressure has also dropped to a normal range. He currently keeps 20-22 hour daily fasts and enjoys the IF lifestyle.

    The advice he'd give to new IFers: "Try going on walks if you're not doing any kind of exercise. If you can do 16:8, try to move to 18:6, because it's greater autophagy!"

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    • 58 min
    Daniel Hale

    Daniel Hale

    In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin Stephens speaks to Daniel Hale from Edison, NJ.

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    Daniel and his wife own a math learning center. Daniel shares that he was always skinny as a kid, but then into his 20s and 30s, he put on weight. This was when the yo-yo dieting began. He did Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem, and counted calories. He would lose weight, but then gain it all back, plus more.

    In June 2018, he found out his wife was pregnant, and Daniel decided he finally needed to get his weight under control for his new baby. He tried to weigh himself, but the scale would not register past 350 pounds. This was a defining moment for Daniel. He knew he needed something different; a "long-term solution." He began listening to health podcasts and reading books, and found intermittent fasting.

    In the Fall of 2018, Daniel began with skipping breakfast once a week. After a month of this, he noticed that he "felt his best" on those days. He was then ready to jump into IF everyday. He started with 16:8, and lost 60 pounds by February of 2019.

    That same month, their daughter, Bridget, was born with Trisomy 18. Trisomy 18 is a genetic disorder that causes severe developmental delays due to an extra chromosome. Bridget lived for exactly 31 days.

    To honor his daughter, Daniel created the "Bridget Challenges," where he'd give up or do something for 31 days. The first challenge he did was IF with 18:6 for 31 days. Another was walking 31 miles in a day.

    The advice Daniel would give to new IFers: "Be patient. You'll see progress over time, and you'll get to where you want to be! Be kind to yourself. Stick to it. IF takes practice. Let your body do the rest."

    To date, Daniel has lost 130 pounds, and does a mostly 20:4 protocol.

    Get Gin’s books, including her latest New York Times Bestseller, Fast. Feast. Repeat., available wherever you buy books! http://www.ginstephens.com/get-the-books.html

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    • 55 min
    Linda Varghese

    Linda Varghese

    In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Dr. Linda Varghese, a pathologist who lives in Minneapolis, MN.




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    Linda was always trying to lose weight. She first came across intermittent fasting in 2016 when she came across Dr. Michael Mosley's book and blogs about the strategy known as 5:2, which is an up/down day approach where you fast two out of the five days each week. She liked the science behind it and followed this protocol for almost two years. But Linda never fasted clean, adding Splenda and cream in her coffee. And because of this, fasting was never "easy."

     

    In May of 2019, Linda came across the Intermittent Fasting Podcast, where she learned about the clean fast. She read Delay, Don't Deny and The Obesity Code. Once she began to fast clean, the fast became easy and enjoyable! She then moved her window to a morning one, and this felt natural. Her window is typically 9 am-noon each day. She has lost 15 pounds. 




    Linda talks about the science behind the current obesity epidemic, and explains that about "80% of chronic diseases are linked to dietary choices." She also explains that "obesity is a hormonal disease." Restricting calories does not fix obesity, as it is an issue of insulin. "Fasting causes insulin to lower, and will heal the insulin problem, but this may take time. Be patient."




    The advice she'd give to new IFers: "Understand the science behind IF. Start small and simple, and be persistent. Listen to the IF podcasts, use apps for tangible reminders, and tweak IF to fit your lifestyle. IF is not a diet, it is going to be your lifestyle."




    Get Gin’s books, including her latest New York Times Bestseller, Fast. Feast. Repeat., available wherever you buy books! http://www.ginstephens.com/get-the-books.html

     

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    Jody Ayers

    Jody Ayers

    In this episode, Gin talks to Jody Ayers, a teacher from Bloomington, IL.




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    Jody has been a 2nd grade teacher for the last 27 years. Jody shares that she always had 20 pounds to lose. She would follow Weight Watchers, limit carbs, count points, etc.  She would lose some weight, but then gain it all right back.




    In 2018, Jody's daughter was having great success with intermittent fasting. Jody was skeptical of IF at first, and thought she could never go all day without eating. For Christmas that year, her daughter gave her Delay, Don't Deny, and she officially began IF in February of 2019. Jody jumped right in with 2-3 hour windows, losing 5 pounds in the first 10 weeks.




    At the same time Jody began IF, her husband was in the middle of cancer treatment for Multiple Myeloma, which is a blood cancer. She shares that IF was the "stabilizing thing that brought a level of normalcy" to her life. David passed away in the spring of 2019, and Jody shares that IF also helped in the grieving process. IF had truly become her beautiful lifestyle.




    Jody has lost around 20 pounds, and she loves the incredible energy IF has given her. The advice she'd give to new IFers: "You have to make IF a lifestyle."

     

    Get Gin’s books, including her latest New York Times Bestseller, Fast. Feast. Repeat., available wherever you buy books! http://www.ginstephens.com/get-the-books.html

     

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    • 54 min
    Jennifer Jenson

    Jennifer Jenson

    In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Jennifer Jenson from Bennington, ID.

    Fast. Feast. Repeat. The Comprehensive Guide to Delay, Don't Deny Intermittent Fasting: Now available everywhere books are sold! Get your copy through your favorite bookstore by following this link:http://www.ginstephens.com/get-the-books.html

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    Jennifer is an organic dairy farmer and mother of four. Jennifer grew up on a dairy farm, and was very active and slender as a child. She recalls that her parents encouraged eating until satisfaction. However, her husband was raised 'not to waste food,' and once they married, she developed a habit of overeating. She had gestational diabetes with all of her four pregnancies. With her last pregnancy, her doctor put her on medication, and this left her feeling exhausted all the time. The weight she gained while pregnant never came off, and Jennifer began to notice health symptoms that told her something else was going on. She found out from her doctor that her thyroid was not functioning properly. And after many attempts with various medications, her doctor was unsuccessful at helping to regulate her thyroid.

    In July of 2019, a friend told Jennifer about intermittent fasting, but she didn't think she could do it. Months later, she felt "all hope had been lost." Because none of the medication worked, IF seemed to be her last hope. She began with a 16:8 protocol, and within two weeks, moved to 20:4. Her "puffiness" went away almost immediately. She has had many NSVs, (Non Scale Victories). Jennifer now feels more in control of her mental health. The "emotional roller coaster" is gone, she feels more calm, she is able to work through stress, and she feels more like herself. Jennifer has lost 35 pounds, and will do IF for the rest of her life.

    The advice she'd give new IFers: "IF gives you the hope you're looking for, and it gives you the glimmer of the life that will be better than it is now."

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    • 51 min
    Courtney Contos

    Courtney Contos

    In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to virtual chef and health coach Courtney Contos.

    Fast. Feast. Repeat. The Comprehensive Guide to Delay, Don't Deny Intermittent Fasting: Now available everywhere books are sold! Get your copy through your favorite bookstore by following this link:http://www.ginstephens.com/get-the-books.html

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    Courtney is from Miami. For twelve years, Courtney suffered from Rheumatoid Arthritis. RA is an auto-immune condition which causes joint inflammation, pain and stiffness. She had difficulty walking and multiple surgeries: both of her wrists were "auto-fused," and one of her feet had to be completely rebuilt with seven auto-fusions. "I didn't know what it felt like to feel good anymore." She realizes now that her body was simply out of balance.

    Courtney is under the care of a Functional Medicine Doctor. Courtney explains that working with a functional medicine doctor "empowers a person" because it is individualized and patient-centered healthcare. It goes beyond a patient's symptoms, focusing on areas where they may be deficient. A functional medicine doctor will then look at what supplements are needed, and what foods are best for your body. Courtney remarks, "Food is not energy. It is information." She describes her experience with her doctor as "a beautiful journey." To find an functional medicine doctor in your area, go to: IFM.org.

    Once Courtney began intermittent fasting in April 2018, her RA symptoms began to go away. She does both 16:8 and 18:6 IF protocols, and has lost 38 pounds. Fasting has freed up her time, now that she is no longer focused on eating all day.

    The advice she'd give a new IFer: "Results don't happen overnight, or even in a week. Trust the process. The results are going to be amazing."

    To find Courtney Contos, go to: ccontos.com

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I normally love love love this podcast. This episode didn’t focus on a regular person’s fasting story, so this particular episode of this podcast wasn’t for me. Check out other fasting stories to hear from real people and their fasting journeys. This guest would have been much better suited to Gin’s other podcast with Melanie Avalon or on Melanie’s bio-hacking podcast.

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