What did we all learn from the Data-Driven Fasting 30-Day Challenge?

We love designing systems and challenges to help people dial in WHEN they eat and WHAT they eat. 

But the most fulfilling part is seeing the theory, built from our data analysis, come to life in the real world. 

At the end of each Data-Driven Fasting 30 Day Challenge, we like to ask people what they learned. Here’s what they told us this time around. 

You can think you are healthy because you are an intermittent faster only to discover that many of your commonly eaten foods are causing blood sugar spikes. I didn’t realize I was pre-diabetic. Shocker. (Kelli)

If my waking bg was elevated, it was often an indication of overeating or too much fuel the day before, even though it was protein-based and low carbs. (Cheryl)

While I was eating okay, it wasn’t optimal for my body or my BG.  Slowly making changes and feeling a ton better!  (Angie)

I have learned that you can do it ALL right and still not lose weight. I thought for years that if I ate whole vs processed foods, counted macros, could find a way to measure my BG as an individual and keep it in a normal range that there would have to be weight loss – not necessarily!!  This has helped me know how to track my BG with the DDF. So, there is another piece to the puzzle.   (Karen)

I have learned so much!!  You can have major metabolic issues and not see them externally.   The “healthy” foods and diet one follows may be negatively impacting metabolic health. Eating 6x per day does not “fire up your metabolism”. Everyone is different. (Jeanette)

During these 30 days, I figured out how to go from OMAD to something more like TMAD.  I feel empowered knowing that I can have more control over my blood glucose simply by paying attention to when I eat. I have learned that all those “healthy” snacks that I thought I needed are not required.  (Jona)

I didn’t realise just how my late-night eating was affecting me. Setting a time to end eating has been hard because I often am awake very late, but my waking BG has been great this week (for me in the low 90’s). I am learning what foods cause my BG to stay high longer and which ones help bring it back to normal.  (Jen)

I have learned how vital protein is to my first meal of the day, especially if I want to eat again. I don’t need to snack.  I’ve also discovered how little I need to eat in one day.   (Elizabeth)

I have learned it is possible to arrest weight creep, which I thought I was doomed to accept.  (Carolyn)

I’m learning so much but have so much more to learn!  I feel I’ve just scratched the surface.  I’ve learned I can eat more variety of things than I thought I could. My blood glucose is the best indicator of when to eat and how foods affect me.  It’s up to me, not a “diet” plan. I can choose health – I just have to use the data!    (Christie)

My body was not metabolically healthy. Seeing the blood glucose numbers slowly decrease while visualising fuel storages’ emptying’ helped me better connect the pieces. I hated having to add more protein.  But hallelujah, I’m down 10 pounds, and it’s working!!   (Alese)

I’ve learned that if I’m trying to implement too many or very drastic changes, it’s hard to get into a good routine, and if my routine is broken, I tend to lose focus and momentum. I also learned that knowing & doing are VERY different things.  I need to follow the program and analyse how I feel after each meal to inform my food choices moving forward.  (Kristen)

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