Prefaced by the comment this is just something I wanted to trial for my own health benefits and I have no interest in preaching to anyone that they should or shouldn't follow any of these less travelled paths.
That said for those who are perhaps pondering their own health and perhaps looking for a little inspiration this story may encourage you to have a crack.
Back story....I'm a life long sugar addict, maybe I'm on some habit spectrum, once I lock into a habit I can get stuck for decades, evidenced by 20 years of eating fast food daily, sometimes twice daily, concluding 4 years ago.
I wasn't really concerned about weight per se, other than some annoyance at an often bloated midsection I was comfortable in the skin of my 20-year weight average body (93K - $98K's)
Quitting processed fast food dropped my average weight by 8 K's - and I assumed this was my ideal weight (88kg's) a few k's above my competitive racing weight 25 -30 years ago.
24 weeks ago I started tracking the introduction of new habits and the corresponding outcomes (anyone who wants my live spreadsheet DM and I'll send the link).
As I started to see some pretty dramatic results, inclusive losing 14 k's of FAT (yes it was all FAT), re acquainting with the gym, elimination of my usual mid-afternoon brain fog, waking up an hour earlier ready to hit the day, comfortable having a 17-18 hour gap between meals etc, I became increasingly interested in following some of the research and it's been truly illuminating.
GLUTEN: (Wheat, grains, particularly found in all breads, cereals, and processed foods) Gluten, I'm now convinced is as bad for us as smoking. More and more research is showing causation to cognitive decline, which is become a pandemic.
KETO: Whilst my evolution from a 250G-300G a day Carb eater has been cut to around 50G, inclusive a beer or wine EVERY night, I'm still not eating as a full KETO (20 Grams a day) - do your own research but don't believe the overweight, big pharma sponsored doctors foisting their 1950's nutritional advice on you.
EXERCISE: For mental health, NOT for weight loss. Exercise is a very poor strategy for weight loss (if weight loss is your main aim, get over your issue with fat. Nutritional Fat is good. Butter, coconut oil, avocado, skin of meat and fish, eggs etc) Cholesterol is NOT the enemy...again look at the latest research.
INTERMITTENT FASTING: I would never in a million years have believed how easy and effective quitting breakfast (replaced by a bulletproof coffee - google if you're unaware of what this is) and no longer snacking would be - massively appetising, filling, 2 meals per day eaten within a 7-hour daily window.
Results. I have no interest in kudos for what I'm doing, the ab pic is merely to make a point, which is the results that have shown up for me, ie: lower body fat than I ever had as an athlete who trained 10x a week for 15 years.
I'd like however to encourage anyone who's in that particular headspace of wanting to make some potentially healthy adjustments to their life.
I am convinced I was on the road to Type 2 diabetes, as are half the population over the age of 40 (qualification: insulin resistant, a precursor to diabetes). Visceral fat (belly fat) is a sign you're on the way, and is the worst place we store fat. My waist measurement which is considerably more significant to me than my actual weight, has dropped from 37 Inch to 31/32, costing me a mozza in new clothing but virtually eliminates the chance of diabetes showing up.
Summary: Is it sustainable? 100%. It's not even difficult, just a little discipline required in the first few weeks around meal choices. I have yet to see how travel will impact some of these habits but am assuming they're ingrained enough now to be sustained.
I am in no way qualified to pontificate on the research behind some of what has been my experience, but I have a bunch of links on my spreadsheet to some of those on the cutting edge of this space. What I am qualified to share however, is what I've been doing and my results.
As I don't want to annoy my connections with too many posts on this journey of mine I have a facebook group page that I'm posting and sharing resources on which you're welcome to join.
www.facebook.com/groups/betterversionproject/ as well as on Instagram #betterversionproject