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Me, Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, Tongue Cancer, and Jason Fung, MD — 45 Comments

  1. I chewed betel nut, but only once or twice. It is a strong taste.
    I struggle with my weight.
    Thanks for this post, Holly! Love to hear successful weight loss stories. IF wasn’t something I’d considered.

  2. When you ate one meal a day how did you decide portions and percentages of carbs, fats, proteins?

    You impressive adventure in weight loss makes a good story.

    • I didn’t. This isn’t that hard. There’s no portion measuring, no math. You’re eating whole, unprocessed foods.

      I just ate steamed frozen vegetables with real butter, ground beef or ground turkey, baked chicken, the occasional steak (they’re expensive), some fruit. If you’re only eating one meal a day and not snacking, you can eat a lot of food, and I did. And still do. I eat until I’m not hungry, and occasionally (rarely) until I’m uncomfortably full.

      • Thank you for your comment Holly. I am giving your plan serious thought. I am glad you posted what you did and what you accomplished.

  3. I’m so thrilled you are spreading this word. I also have the two Fung books, and tonight I just borrowed a digital copy of The Plant Paradox from my library. (Thanks, Cheryl Sola.)

    I lost 110 lbs eating Keto/one meal a day. NO exercise. My husband lost 80 lbs.

    The hunger comes in waves. Then disappears in 20-30 minutes or less. I’ve been experimenting with fasting Since Dec. 2017 and have done two fasts for 5-1/2 days, and one for 11 days. Otherwise, 1-, 2-, or 3-day fasts.

    During fasting, my body feels like I feel after having had a meal an hour or two before. No hunger.

    And the truth is, my body HAS just eaten… my own body fat. The magic of autophagy.

    Check out Cole Robinson for SERIOUS fasting motivation. He’s on YouTube and Facebook (Snake Diet Motivation)

    WARNING: He has a radical style and naughty mouth. He’s not for everybody. I ignore his style for the benefits I get.

    Holly, thank you for getting this VITAL word out.

    • I was so happy to find him, and so happy to discover that Paleo was not the thing that worked — that one meal a day WAS. I had my first baked potato drenched in butter in about a decade last week. Can’t make it a habit, but knowing that I can have one occasionally is a lovely thing.

  4. I finally got my boyfriend off most of his artificial sweeteners. Totally agree with you on that point. He dropped his weight from 400 pounds with exercise and portion control — his approach is different, he eats four meals a day rather than one, but it works for him. He’s down to about 225. Different bodies need different approaches, I think.

    I’m delighted you’ve found an approach that works for you, and many other people. I’ll share it with him, but his hunger pangs are … painful and make him very very very grouchy. Hangry. Four meals a day, ensuring he gets enough fat and protein in each, keeps that under control.

    I’m really concerned about the advice on this thread about bitter almonds and bitter apricot pits, though. The cyanide in them is NOT bound sufficiently to make them safe to eat. Please do not poison yourself. If you question the veracity of that statement, at least make sure those around you know the symptoms of cyanide poisoning so someone can get you to the hospital if necessary. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1273391/?page=1

    • The first book explains why hunger pangs are painful. I had them two. I had to make some significant switching in what I ate, but I don’t have them anymore.

  5. Holly, thank you for sharing. My sister lives in Germany and practices holistic healing. She and I were once discussing cancer and she mentioned the benefits of vitamin B-17 found in bitter raw apricot kernels. These can be found on Amazon’s website. I have consumed them once myself, there are no side effects associated with consuming these seeds. Thought you may want to look into this.

    Wishing you all the Best!!


    • Thank you. I’ve found some things that work, and one I haven’t yet tried.

      Twice-a-year ten-day fasting to encourage autophagy of dysplasia cells remains. I successfully did a three-day fast without discomfort, simply to learn the process. It works, and I was shocked how good I felt.

  6. Thank you for sharing, Holly. Years ago (1990s) we started avoiding trans fats and high fructose corn syrup; people thought we were crazy—no, just way ahead.

    We collectively have a host of health problems and have been gradually changing our diets since the first of the year. We’re seeing results, but… time to investigate Dr Fung.

    Thank you for the links.

    • Let me know how it goes. I’m excited by how much better I’m feeling (and I thought I was feeling pretty good before.)

  7. I discovered Dr. Fung through another source, in August of 2016. His blog, https://idmprogram.com/blog/, is an extended source of the science behind his program. I bought both of his books also, after reading through the blog posts. They are authoritative, but if you are able to follow the medical language he works to make understandable to laypeople, you will gain a deeper understanding of why his program works.

    I lost thirty pounds easily, but since my first introduction to him, my LC/HF/IF journey has been fraught with ‘life’ difficulty. The proof, to me, that this is the best bet for long-lasting if not permanent weight loss is that I still easily keep 16-18 hours of daily fast between meals, usually without undue hunger, and that even though I’ve allowed more grams of carb to sneak into my diet than I should, I’ve only gained 5 pounds. I’m expecting that to come off quickly as I return to the low carbs and swimming daily when we can open our pool.

    Holly, I’m so glad to see you spread the word about Dr. Fung’s genius.

    • I’m glad you found his work. Considering that we’ve been doing “24-hour fasts” for years and just called it eating one meal a day, it was nice to discover WHY what we were doing was working.

      I loved the science in his books. WHY is the most important question we can ask as human beings. He did a great job of answering that one.

  8. very informative. I wish my problem was losing weight. I actually need to gain. in early July, at 6’3, I weighed 124 pounds. Not good, so I have been looking for ways to add safely. found a few, none of which involve being eating junk so I guess that is the same on both sides.
    I am glad you found a way to fix your problem and glad you are still with us.

    • A friend of mine who’s a biochemist with Hashimoto’s tells folks with that issue, “Have your thyriod checked — full workup, not just TSH.”

      • my doctor had that done in November, it came up normal. my mom, before she passed in late August from complications of Lupus, was a retired RN, since my brother’s thyroid was hyper, she made sure I wrote that down to take to my doctor, requesting the full test .

        • Make sure what your doctor believes is normal is the same as the ‘new’ standards set by the American Endocrinology Association, or whatever the official organization is called. Mine was still using the standards set before they eliminated everyone with abnormal thyroid that slipped into the first large sample, skewing the results. I had to go to an endocrinologist to get the medication I needed. My internal medicine doctor wasn’t up to date.

          It’s sad, but we must all be our own health advocates these days.

          • well, right now, I have to see a neurologist. my physical therapist thinks I may have nerve damage because of how I walk and how my muscles reacted to her pushes on my leg. apparently, nerve jumping is ‘not’ normal or a sign of exhaustion.
            she told me to get a waLker rather than a cane to stabilize when I have to go out.

            I am just glad this hit after mom no longer needed me.

  9. Appreciate the information, Holly. I too am obese, 5 ft 2 in, and 195 pounds. I’ve got both Celiac and I found out a short time ago, Hashimoto’s. So, in my research no gluten, of course, but also no nightshades. I’ve read about the Plant Paradox as well and am doing what I can to eliminate those items. It makes for a restrictive diet but one I’m happy to do if it can increase my health. It does. Hair, nails, skin, energy, an weight, all better. I also exercise, though not enough in my opinion. I haven’t, though, been fasting. So that’s something else I can add to my arsenal of tools. I’m glad you decided to share.

  10. Thank you. One of the reasons I follow you (and certain other authors) is that you are an authentic human looking to make the world a better experience for others in addition to yourself.

    • Thanks. My path through life is to try a bunch of stuff, and share what I find that’s actually good.

      If I can leave my corner of the world a little better than I found it, I’ll be happy.

  11. Thank you for writing this post, Holly. I’m a lot older than you, and agree with you completely. Have lived longer than my parents (Mom, heart; Dad, lung cancer from smoking; both, diabetes) and older sister (COPD, diabetes, other ailments). I smoked for about ten years but quit in my twenties, have tbl with weight tho never as high as yours (which I can hardly believe!). I became interested in improving my health and began reading natural health info. I think it’s helped me with better health than most of my contemporaries. I’ve preached against diet sodas for years, tho one reason is I don’t like the taste!

    • ” I’ve preached against diet sodas for years, tho one reason is I don’t like the taste!”

      Wish I didn’t, but I haven’t had one (or desired one) since we dumped the crap food in the trash.

      We’ll still have whatever folks are having over the holidays, will still enjoy our feasts for special occasions.

      But we have decided that THURSDAY is no longer a special occasion.

  12. Thank you, Holly. Sharing your experience can help so many people. I’ve heard about intermittent fasting, but never thought to try it myself. I might give it a go. Best of health to both you and Matt

    • Thank you, Sarah.

      We’ve been doing one meal a day for about ten years, but we weren’t doing it for health reasons. We were doing it because we don’t have time to cook and eat three meals a day, so eating one meal a day is just easier.

      Also cheaper, because if you only eat one meal a day, even if your portion sizes are large, you’re still eating less. So you buy less food.

      It just turns out that what we were doing was keeping our weight down. Now that we’re doing it with better food, we both notice that we’re tightening up some more. Which is nice.

  13. Both you and Matt are brave, wonderful people. You lead by example and that takes guts. When Diet Coke gave me mitral valve prolapse back in the eighties, I stopped drinking artificial sweeteners. Voila, no more mitral valve prolapse. The battle of the bulge, however, has been an on-going struggle. The South Beach Diet (Phase 1) worked wonders. Turns out it was almost gluten free. But later phases didn’t work so well. Now, I have Type 2 diabetes (after 31 years of CFIDS/Fibromyalgia, that started, coincidentally?, around the time Diet Coke became popular). I will be reading your book recommendation. And, I have one for you. Please, and especially because of the cancer, read Steven Gundry, MD’s book, The Plant Paradox. The hidden enemy are proteins in plants (gluten happens to be one of thousands) that act as their defense system and which, through his clinical observations, are the underlying source of inflammation, the root of most Western diseases. It’s a paradigm shift in the way nutrition should be viewed. I started it last month and the fibro in my hands has already started improving. His Paradox cookbook just released yesterday. His earlier book, “Diet Evolution,” was upgraded in “The Plant Paradox.” If you can’t afford it, email me privately and I will send you a copy. It’s that important!

  14. Thanks for your honest sharing. It’s scary what we do to ourselves when we think about it. But the problem is we all too often don’t think … until it’s (almost) too late.

    Well done and keep up the fight.

  15. My sister just lost 30 pounds with IF. She eats steadily (it seems) for 5 hours a day and then stops. But she also walks on her treadmill daily too. I’m trying the IF with less good results. But I have severe fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndromes and can hardly walk at all. So I’m not getting any exercise. But I am trying the IF and will continue with it for a while longer. I think I just need to find the right timing.

    Good luck Holly with all your health issues.

    • I didn’t do any exercise. Back then, I could barely move. Eating one meal a day and not snacking, the weight just came off.

      So you can do this and succeed without doing any exercise at all.

      • That’s reassuring. I, too, can barely move sometimes and it has really made losing weight difficult. I just need to get the IF practice straight and I hope to lose weight too.

        • Even with three meals a day, if you don’t snack between, and don’t eat before bed, you’re getting about 12 hours of fasting in, which gives your blood sugar time to drop. What we’re doing is more extreme, but we’re doing it because where food is concerned, it’s too much trouble to cook three meals a day.

          So we just eat one big meal. Turns out, that’s actually healthy. Who knew?

      • (… enormously tough may be the stupidest piece of under exaggeration ever. I’m so used to underplaying it because people don’t get it.)

    • I have CFS and had pre-diabetes that transitioned to diabetes. I lost 60 pounds and completely reversed my diabetes, no exercise, doing IF while eating a ketogenic diet. Given what Holly is talking about here, I wonder if the IF was more responsible for those two things than the ketogenic diet.

      I also kept the weight off until I really started eating a LOT again, during a year of prolonged stress.

      There is hope for people like us 🙂

    • I wasn’t going to say anything. But, dammit. I have more than a decade of experience eating this way, and I know it works — quickly — and that the results last.

      Paleo wasn’t the thing that worked. Anything that cuts carbs and snacking and increases protein and fat will work.

      So in the end I decided I had to talk about this.

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