Today is day 15 of my Slique Challenge and in those 15 days, I have only lost 0.4 pounds. During that time I have also gained over 7 pounds in lean mass and muscle mass from my new exercise routine though, so I’m not sure looking at just weight is fair. This week I averaged almost the exact same calories and calorie breakdown as last week. The goal of this challenge was to see if the Slique products could help me balance my nutrition and they have definitely been great for that. The Slique Shake and the Slique Bars are great options to have available and I really liked the additional protein and fiber I was able to get in my diet. During this challenge, I regularly kept a food diary and that has been very helpful as it allowed me to really get in touch with what I was eating. It has been an awesome addition and it really does not take much time to keep.
When I first started, I intentionally stopped eating breakfast and began drinking a lot more water. When I started this challenge 15 days ago, I added breakfast back so that I could have the shake and still eat two meals. I personally felt better with the no breakfast plan and I have been doing some research to see if I could understand that better. That led me to the story of Dan Hensley on Quora. After reading his story and how he lost 100 pounds in 4 months, I realized that what I was doing was something called intermittent fasting and that it has a lot of physiological research behind it. Intermittent fasting is just a different way to eat. It isn’t a diet and there are a number of different ways to do it. The concept has been gaining in popularity over the last 10 years and there have been several popular books like Eat Stop Eat, The Warrior Diet, The Alternate-Day Diet, and The Obesity Code. Here are some great links that I found as I was reading on the subject:
- The Beninners Guide to Intermittent Fasting (James Clear)
- Intermittent Fasting: Science and Supplementation (bodybuilding.com)
- Intermittent Fasting 101 – The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide (Authority Nutrition)
- The Leangains Guide (Martin Berkhan)
I really believe that this approach is working better for me, so I am going to shift back for the next 5 days. I’m also going to check out a few of the books mentioned in the above research I did. I love this line from the book The Obesity Code:
Everything you believe about how to lose weight is wrong. Weight gain and obesity are driven by hormones—in everyone—and only by understanding the effects of insulin and insulin resistance can we achieve lasting weight loss.
This just makes so much more sense to me than being focused solely on calories (calories in – calories out). If calories were all that mattered, then I could eat 2,000 calories of Twinkies every day and lose weight. I’m sure I would feel great after 15 Twinkies a day!
- Slique CitraSlim powder capsules
- 1 oz. NingXia Red (with 1 drop each of Frankincense and Grapefruit added)
- Minimum of 64oz water
- Healthy Dinner (target 600-800 calories)
- 1 oz. NingXia Red (with 2 drops of Slique Essence added)