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Intermittent, But Forever

I’ve never really enjoyed having my picture taken. Like many of us, I’m more comfortable with the image of me in the mirror than the me on Instagram.  But I’ve been exposed to a lot more images of myself lately (pun intended), due to marketing efforts for the talk show and my foray into television. I’m going to skip over the notion that “the camera adds 10 lbs.” and the actual science behind why selfies look different than what we see in the bathroom mirror (and how we imagine ourselves in our mind’s eye). The point is that it’s come to my attention that I could lose a few pounds.

 

In my crow’s nest position as health and wellness publisher and talk show host, I have my finger on the pulse of the weight loss trends. There are three key ideas which people are using to seemingly good effect: cutting out the sugar, a ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting - all of which we’ve covered in recent issues and shows. You can visit either site (thetonic.ca or tonictoronto.com) and type in the key words to take you to the interviews/articles that are of interest to you.

 

I’m not going to reiterate all the details of each here. Suffice it to say - reducing processed sugar goes not only to weight loss, but reduction of inflammation and digestion issues - and at first blush is simple enough to execute (except when you have to cut out carbs like bread and pasta, which count as sugar). Similarly, with the ketogenic diet carbs are replaced with fats. Intermittent fasting is what it says - you cease eating at certain times of the day (or week). I know many people  who’ve achieved impressive short-term results using one or combinations of the three methods to lose weight.

 

I have no doubt that if I tried any of the methods I’d lose weight within a matter of months too. Although Naomi is somewhat skeptical of that claim. After overhearing me discussing intermittent fasting she asked “You’re not really thinking of doing that, are you? Because you’re not going to be able to keep it up and then you’ll put on more weight, and you’re going to get upset.” I may or may not be paraphrasing her statement of non-support (which she walked back a little (very little) after sensing my disappointment.)

 

We’re both right.  Intermittent fasting is more complicated than simply restricting intake of food to an eight hour window. You can’t just cram three meals into the time period in which you formerly ate two. You also have to consider maintaining blood sugar levels, exercise regimens and the social component of only eating during certain hours. I could do it successfully...for a time. But the true metric of success is whether I could sustain it as a lifestyle decision. And that is where this breakfast-loving, but generally weak-willed, yet self-aware, health and wellness publisher has landed. Before leaping into fasting, I’m going to try getting back to what worked for me  - cutting back on desserts, alcohol and post-dinner snacking and see how that goes. We’ll revisit my progress next issue.

 

In the meantime, you can enjoy this issue of Tonic. Joel Thuna discusses natural treatments for stress, Carlyle Jansen covers male sexual dysfunction and the need for desire and Rod MacDonald gives some advice on how to achieve your goals which (ahem, Naomi) centers on your support network. As always, if you want to discuss anything you’ve read in this note or this issue, feel free to reach out to me.