Intermittent Fasting Case Study Update And Running in 14 Degree Weather

by on February 12, 2012

Intermittent fasting, gotta love it!

Hey My friends! I have a few things that I want to update you guys on with my intermittent fasting case study.

I completed two weeks of this case study and tomorrow will start the third week. I had an interesting week with the Superbowl and I had a good friend come in from Sarasota, Fla. for one day. These two events put a little bit of a damper on my fasting, which is perfect for this intermittent fasting case study.

I planned on fasting on Monday and Friday again, like I did last week. That didn’t happen on Monday, since I usually fast from after dinner Sunday until dinner on Monday. I ate a bunch of stuff for the Superbowl and ate a lot later than my usual 5:30 or 6:00 pm dinner. Instead of worrying about it, I just shit canned the Monday fast and figured I would fast on Wednesday. Well that didn’t happen either because my friend Bill came in town just for one night and we ate and drank a few until midnight.  icon smile Intermittent Fasting Case Study Update And Running in 14 Degree Weather

My first thought was that I better not do that because of this case study. I later came to the conclusion that this is actually perfect for this case study. I have been preaching to you guys about the flexibility of intermittent fasting and how you don’t want to turn it in to a diet, right?

Well, this past week is a great example.

Let’s see how it went and what progress I made. I only fasted on Friday, (Thursday after dinner to Friday dinner), and ate like a beast pretty much the rest of the days. How is that for not turning this in to an everyday diet? I didn’t record my weight Friday, Saturday, and Sunday this week because I went on a ski trip and didn’t have a scale.

Intermittent Fasting Weigh In

Here is the breakdown of my weight each day starting on Monday February 6, 2012:

Monday- 178.7 lbs

Tuesday- 175.8 lbs

Wednesday- 177.9 lbs

Thursday- 180.3 lbs

Friday- 177.8 lbs

Saturday- 176.3 lbs

Sunday- 176.4 lbs

As you can see, I weighed the most on the morning after the Superbowl (Monday) and partying with my friend (Thursday). You can also see that the weight went back to normal the next days after. This is common and brings up something that I want to talk about.

I get frantic emails a lot from people that are doing great with intermittent fasting and then either slow down or even gain weight. As you can see, this is common and if you fast the way that I do, it is inevitable.

For this intermittent fasting case study if I just wanted it to look good, I could fast three times a week and eat very little in between. I would lose a bunch of weight and skew the results.

But is that what you guys want? Is that real? No, it’s bullshit and that’s why I’m not doing it. I may do that sometimes if I want to lose weight fast for an event, but it’s not real life. It isn’t how I normally do it and it isn’t how you guys should do it.

If I fast and diet in between, I won’t stick with it and either will you.

By fasting and eating a little looser in between, I am showing you a more real and an easier way to stick with intermittent fasting. Of course, the better you eat in between and the healthier you eat is always going to be better for you. I am not doing this intermittent fasting case study to teach you how to be the healthiest, I am showing you how I lose weight.

kenny powers Intermittent Fasting Case Study Update And Running in 14 Degree Weather[In true Kenny Powers style, I'm not trying to be the best at dieting!]

As usual, I will keep updating this case study and let you guys know how it is going.

Intermittent Fasting and Running

If you have been following my blog for a while, you know that besides intermittent fasting, I have been running. I got injured last August from over doing it and had to take time off. I am back to running and in the middle of rehabbing my hip injury and getting ready for the Pittsburgh Marathon. I don’t know what it is about running, but it makes you a little whacky. For instance, how about this?

It is 5:30 am this morning (Sunday) and the alarm goes off. I get up and get dressed and go down to my home gym and stretch and use the foam roller to get loosened up for my run. By 6:30 am, I am out the door and do a 1-1/2 mile walk/run warmup to get to my friend and running partners house. We run 9 miles up some of the steepest hills in our area, dodging snow, ice, and a few cars.

Oh, I forgot to mention that it was 14 degrees with a wind chill of -5 degrees and there was some blowing snow!

After the 9 miles, I did another 1-1/2 mile walk/run cool down back to my house. Sounds like fun, huh? Well, actually it was. It was awesome and the most important part is that I have no pain or injuries!  icon smile Intermittent Fasting Case Study Update And Running in 14 Degree Weather The funniest part of it all was the look on this older guys’ face while we run past him, as he shovels the snow on his driveway. I think he thought we were nuts!

Not nuts. Just runners.

[I like at the 3:17 mark it says, "There is really no such thing as bad weather. Only different kinds of good weather!" I would have to agree.]
After these hills that we ran this morning, the half marathon is going to feel like a breeze!

I hope.  icon wink Intermittent Fasting Case Study Update And Running in 14 Degree Weather

Keep up with your intermittent fasting questions, or any questions actually. Talk to you soon!


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7 comments on “Intermittent Fasting Case Study Update And Running in 14 Degree Weather

  1. One of the take home messages I think people should get from this case study is how important it can be to not weigh yourself as much. Now for a case study, a daily weighing is critical for recording as many data points as possible, but outside of a case study, weighing oneself only once a week is better.

    From Monday to Sunday, you lost two pounds, which is awesome. However, once you look at the data points in between, you see a large fluctuation (which you’ve noted and accounted for). Too many people would see this fluctuation and start stressing the numbers.

    This is a really awesome case study though. I can’t wait to read more.

  2. About 20 years ago, I lost over 50 pounds on the Atkins diet along with an increase in programmed exercise. When I reached my desired weight, I switched to lower fat, low glycemic index eating, continued the workouts, and have maintained most of the weight loss. The last couple years, though, my weight has creeped up (I’m almost 70) and I need a program to give me the discipline to get rid of it. I went back on Atkins after Thanksgiving, but find it now leaves me lightheaded, so I quit it. Your blog has encouraged me to try intermittent fasting. It seems like a no-brainer: two days of fasting is close to 6,000 calories a week for me, so it should work. I need to lose 10 pounds, would like to lose 15.

  3. Alykhan - The Magic Trio on said:


    I have been doing quite a bit of fasting and eating large meals out lately. So far, my weight hasn’t suffered. Nice job on the running! 9 miles on hills is no joke! I’ve got a 15k in about a month that I’m training for right now. Good luck on the half marathon!

    Alykhan – The Magic Trio´s last [type] ..Tracking Your Expenses With A Monthly Budget Worksheet

  4. evin from KVisual Impact Cardio on said:

    Hey Kelly,
    Very cool that you’re staying as real as possible for this case study … that makes it that much better!

    I agree with you & Robert that unless you are doing a case study it’s not a great idea to weight yourself everyday. If you do though, just don’t get hung up on the numbers. It’s all about the week to week and even month to month.

    Good job so far and looking forward to your next post.
    Kevin@Visual Impact Cardio´s last [type] ..I Lost 16 Pounds and 4.5% Body Fat in 6 Weeks Following Visual Impact

  5. yan from RInsanity Workout Review on said:

    It’s been a couple months since we’ve been updated on this… Are you no longer fasting? Do you normally follow this intermittent fasting technique to maintain weight? Or only when you are looking to lose weight?
    Ryan@Insanity Workout Review´s last [type] ..Insanity – An Effective Workout or Completely Insane?

  6. arry from hBody Diet Info on said:

    I did try out intermittent fasting before but it just not suitable for me. I end up gobble more foods that i ever thought of because i become too hungry in the process.
    harry @ Body Diet Info´s last [type] ..Why 95% of all conventional diets fail

  7. Harry on said:

    While Intermittent Fasting (IF) has many benefits, there are factors for consideration.
    1. As IF is a stressor on the body, there will be an increase in the stress hormones. Hence, if you are lacking sleep or have been very stressed up by work, it is advisable not to start an IF as yet. Hence, make sure that you have enough sleep and not stressful before you start IF.

    2. IF is best for men and women who are considerably lean and would like to be leaner.

    3. Start off with a 8-hour fed/16-hour fasted periods initially. Subsequently, increase your IF load once your body gets adjusted to it.
    Harry´s last [type] ..When a Low Carbohydrate Diet is Appropriate for Body Builder

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