Several people have commented how effective Data-Driven Fasting seems to be for fat loss. We have certainly seen some great results in our recent challenges – including Michael, who topped the leaderboard in our Data-Driven Fasting 30-Day Challenge in March.
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Michael started with 15.5 lbs of body fat. After 30 days, he finished with 10.4 lbs of body fat.
Nice work! Quite the transformation!
His premeal trigger started at a reasonably healthy 5.3 mmol/L, but as he waited to eat until his glucose was below his trigger more often than not, he managed to drop finish with a slightly lower trigger of 5.0 mmol/L.
There was the occasional blip when his blood sugars bounced up (we call them learning opportunities), but you only need to wait until your pre meal blood sugar is below trigger more often than not to make progress over time.
By prioritising quality food with adequate protein most of the time, he was able to keep his blood sugars in range while still eating quite regularly.
So what’s the secret?
Why is DDF so effective for fat loss?
It’s pretty simple.
Because glucose has to be burned off first, it’s a great marker of whether all the fuel tanks in your body are full. Waiting until your blood glucose is depleted a little below your normal level where you usually feel hungry, you are ensuring that you are tapping into your fat stores before you eat.
Then, it’s hard to fail if you just give your body what it needs (i.e. nutrients/protein rather than fuel from fat and carbs) when you eat again. Your glucose is depleted. You allow your body to burn your body fat while preserving precious lean mass and maximise satiety, so you don’t feel too hungry. What’s more, because you haven’t overfilled, your blood glucose drops below your trigger again, so you can eat again sooner!
Congrats Michael! Awesome work!