2 weeks into the IF diet

December 9, 2012  |  Getting Fit

So it has been 2 weeks into my new diet and here are some of my observations and results …

Weight / Physique

  • My weight hasn’t really budged at all but I am not going to be overly concerned about it at the moment because I know that my body tends to hold on to its weight for at least 2 weeks.
  • Body composition wise, I seem to be looking more muscular. But it is really too early to tell. My friends are telling me that I look “fitter”.

Cravings & Food

  • I don’t get really hungry any more in the mornings. In fact my hunger pangs are starting to come on only at around 12 noon when I break the fast. It is really interesting how our body adapts to our lifestyle and diet.
  • Also, I find myself having a will of steel when it comes to food. I can be sitting with my family and they are indulging in their cakes, sweets and what nots and I just happily sip my tea. (I don’t think this is directly related to the diet but I probably feel that I had to put in so much effort to get into this fast mode and I don’t wanna let my efforts go to waste)
  • I have been having trouble hitting my protein macros. On my good days, I can just barely reach over 100grams of protein. I resort to drinking my brother’s tasteless soy protein supplements to get the protein numbers up.

Strength & Exercise

I’ve been gradually increasing the weights that I am training with so I am actually getting stronger? I have also reduced my cardio such that I do possibly 1-2 sessions a week only. So my training regime is really 3 days of resistance training and 1-2 days of cardio which consists of either HIIT or a run in the park.

I use this iPhone app – Gain Fitness app to plan my resistance workouts. I plan to get into the rhythm of the diet and start doing a little bit more hardcore lifting next month onwards.


Ah this is the interesting one. I found myself getting really annoyed at the beginning of the diet. Just like irrationally annoyed for no reasons. I felt like a yo-yo for a couple of days and then my emotional state started to stabilize.

Personal Thoughts
Actually the diet is not that difficult, I simply complicated it by being really precise about the macros to hit. But if you’re looking at starting the diet, just know that on workout days, high carb/low fat and on rest days, low carb/higher fat.

I just wanted to be fancy and went really precise to see how neurotic disciplined I can go. I’ve been pretty religious in terms of weighing my food and estimating the calories as close to my targets as possible. I brought out the scale again to recalibrate my internal gauges. My mom calls me a little crazy but I guess, no pain no gain. ;)

For those curious, this bowl of rice weighs 50grams and “costs” 65 calories or 10 mins on the elliptical cross trainer.

Will update you guys again!

Dionis, signing off.

About the author

Dionis is a computer engineer by training, business development manager by day and actress by dreams. She loves to chill out with a good book and a mojito. website: dionischiua.com

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