This is an update to the older post with new blood sugar test information, showing the progress since publishing the book. As a threat of regaining the weight and holding the blood sugar in check remain a concern for many, I thought such an update would be helpful.
The third part of The Time Machine Diet describes the nine-month long weight loss drive with Intermittent Fasting. The numbers from month to month may get a bit difficult to visualize, so I thought I’d add a few illustrations. They don’t require a lot of explanations – that’s why they call them “visual aid,” I guess. One curious detail that deserves additional remark is the pause in our weight loss progress in October; it was caused by quitting hypertension medication and water weight returning. One more comment: the right column’s numbers were achieved in November and they flatlined after that; however, since I had my A1C test in December, I kept uniformity to all the measurements.
First, my weight loss progress and changes in various indicators.
To add, yesterday she bought a new pair of jeans, size 6. A year ago it was size 12. Don’t tell her I made it known. And if I am never seen or heard from again, you know she found out.
Hope these graphics inspire those of you who still hesitate. Ready? The detailed day-by-day hand-holding is here!
Update April 7, 2017:
Another 3 months, another A1C test. Allow me to provide the background, to put the number in the context:
Generally accepted classification in US is: A1C above 7 is poorly controlled diabetes; 6.4 and above is diabetes; 5.7 to 6.4 is pre-diabetes. For Canada, under 6 you are largely in the clear.
- one year ago when I just started my IF, it sat at 7.3 with max dose of Metformin;
- over the course of weight loss drive it went to 6.4 and 6.2, with Metformin dosage decreasing after each test;
- 3 months ago it dipped to 5.9 for the first time since diagnosis, and that happened without Metformin.
This latest test has been done 5 months since I switched to maintenance mode, applying IF “on demand” or for pleasure and upping my carb intake – still staying on a low side but nowhere close to ketogenic levels. No Metformin at all, of course. The test came back at… drumroll, please… 5.7! Healing continues!