Health & wellbeing

The What IF? Diet Plan

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Well-written summary of one person's experience with intermittent fasting.

Synopsis

As a working mother of three, I know the challenges that women face in making their own health a priority. My goal is to help others realize that they are not alone in their struggles and that every problem can be overcome with the right mindset.

I’ve struggled with weight and hunger issues ever since childhood and always thought there was something wrong with me, or I had a “slow metabolism,” or I was just “big-boned.”

Turns out my body was completely normal and simply responding to my learned eating habits, making it impossible to hear my body’s natural hunger cues. Once I started questioning my beliefs around food, body image, and culture, my world shifted!

Join me as I take you through my personal weight loss journey and how intermittent fasting changed my life. You will also learn:

- Why you’re hungry all the time

- The simple process you can use to adapt intermittent fasting into your own lifestyle

- Tools you can use to shift your thinking and overcome obstacles

If you’re ready to take control of your health and get off the dieting hamster wheel, read my story and make this plan work for you.

One thing I really appreciated about this book was the fact that the author was very up front about her experience - not only her experience with weight loss and eating habits, but also with her lack of medical qualifications. This almost made it more credible - even though it was largely anecdotal, it didn't feel like someone who was writing a book just to promote some extra-special diet plan.


I have known several people who have done intermittent fasting. For some of them, it was worked wonderfully. It worked well for this author also. I liked how she was focused on finding an eating plan that was healthy, but also didn't require drastic changes to her work schedule or social life. Some diet plans are so restrictive that it makes it nearly impossible to socialize or have meals with others. As she points out with intermittent fasting, it's just a matter of shifting the window, and it allows treats - or simply socializing with other people without eating.


The book is easy to read and easy to follow. There's no super magic formula with intermittent fasting, and the way she describes it, it isn't totally restrictive. It isn't until towards the end that she really talks about specific foods.


I also liked the way she broke down the process of getting into intermittent fasting. It made it seem much more accessible - and much more intuitive as well. By emphasizing the need to listen to your body, and to just be aware of changes without trying to force them, it avoids trading off physical health for mental health.


While this isn't necessarily the best healthy-eating book I've ever read, it's a great book for someone who is interested about what it's like to begin the process of intermittent fasting.

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Synopsis

As a working mother of three, I know the challenges that women face in making their own health a priority. My goal is to help others realize that they are not alone in their struggles and that every problem can be overcome with the right mindset.

I’ve struggled with weight and hunger issues ever since childhood and always thought there was something wrong with me, or I had a “slow metabolism,” or I was just “big-boned.”

Turns out my body was completely normal and simply responding to my learned eating habits, making it impossible to hear my body’s natural hunger cues. Once I started questioning my beliefs around food, body image, and culture, my world shifted!

Join me as I take you through my personal weight loss journey and how intermittent fasting changed my life. You will also learn:

- Why you’re hungry all the time

- The simple process you can use to adapt intermittent fasting into your own lifestyle

- Tools you can use to shift your thinking and overcome obstacles

If you’re ready to take control of your health and get off the dieting hamster wheel, read my story and make this plan work for you.

What is The What IF Diet Plan?

As stated in the prologue, the What IF Diet Plan is essentially an intermittent fasting lifestyle. This diet does not limit the type or amount of food you can eat, just the time frame in which you can eat it. It also does not require calorie counting or portion control. In fact, the What IF Diet Plan is probably like no other diet you have ever tried before.

I was hesitant to even call this a “diet” since it does not focus on restricting calories or food groups, as most conventional diets do. In contrast, the What IF Diet Plan allows you to never think or worry about food again! I sought out other terms I could use instead, such as strategy, procedure, arrangement, routine, but nothing else seemed to fit. The term diet seemed a natural fit.  

So, in searching for the perfect term to describe my plan, I looked up the official definition of the word diet in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary and found this statement:

But diet was used in another sense too in the Middle and early modern English periods to mean “way of living.” This is, in fact, the original meaning of diet’s Greek ancestor diaita, which is derived from the verb diaitasthan, meaning “to lead one’s life.”

I just about fell out of my chair when I read the definition! It turns out that the original meaning for the word diet was exactly what I was looking for to describe the What IF Diet Plan. In fact, this goes to show just how skewed our view of health and nutrition has become throughout history. I now believe that the word diet was never meant to convey restriction or willpower. It was simply meant to convey a way of living one’s life, which shouldn’t be an endeavor. Life should be as relaxed, fruitful, and worry free as possible. This describes the What IF Diet Plan perfectly!

That being said, the What IF Diet Plan is not a quick fix. Although it is possible to lose weight quickly on the plan, that is not my main goal for you. My ultimate goal for anyone reading this book is developing a lifelong style of eating that will free you from ever having to worry about food, while also allowing your body to naturally regulate and heal itself. So, whether your goal is to lose 100 pounds, feel more energized, have clearer skin, gain muscle, etc., the What IF Diet Plan can work for you. 


About the author

Alexis Cano is a native of South Texas. She holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Psychology and is earning her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is happily married to her college sweetheart and enjoys the comforts of small town living while raising their active family. view profile

Published on November 23, 2020

30000 words

Genre: Health & wellbeing

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