'Adding 16:8 Fasting To My Keto Routine Helped Speed Up My Weight Loss—And I've Lost 50 Lbs. To Date'

Senitha Rim, as told to Emily Shiffer
Photo credit: Senitha Rim

From Women's Health

The basics: My name is Senitha Rim (@ketonomerrr). I am 21 years old. I live in Washington and currently work as a medical assistant. I couldn't believe it when I weighed in at almost 200 pounds, so I started researching keto and intermittent fasting and lost 50 pounds in the process.

I used to struggle big time with finding a way to stay consistent and on track when it came to weight loss. I tried so many fad diets and nothing ever worked out. In fact, I would try diets that would then lead me right back to overeating, and I'd quit them after a week.

But on July 15, 2018, I woke up feeling the worst I’ve ever felt about myself. I weighed in at 196 pounds. That was the moment I started doing research on the ketogenic diet. Believe it or not, I started doing the keto diet the same day I started reading about it. I wanted to make a change—so I made the choice right then and there.

The keto diet appealed to me because I actually enjoyed the foods that the diet encourages you to eat.

I noticed that there were a lot of positives and negatives to trying the keto diet. I figured it was my choice to determine whether or not this would work out—and I learned pretty quickly that keto totally worked for me. You can't adapt to a new eating plan if you don't actually enjoy what it entails, and I enjoyed what keto involved. To me, keto is not only a diet, but a lifestyle change.

I also started combining intermittent fasting with keto about three to four weeks in after changing my eating habits. Intermittent fasting has helped me feel full longer and has given me better mental clarity compared to my old ways of eating.

Here’s what (and how!) I typically eat in a day now.

  • Breakfast: I try to intermittent fast using the 16:8 plan, which involves not eating for 16 hours and eating in an 8-hour window. I usually drink tons of water during my fasting period. If I feel hungry, I will drink an iced coffee with cream, and I don't worry about whether that breaks my fast, so to speak.
  • Lunch: I love to have an egg scramble with spinach, a side of bacon, and avocado.
  • Snacks: I love pickles, cheese, pepperoni, and pork rinds.
  • Dinner: Bunless burgers with all of the fixings or chicken wings with ranch are my go-tos lately.
  • Dessert: A keto peanut butter fat bomb does the trick.

I also started meal prepping and making sure I was prepared for my day when it came to my meals and snacks.

I am always out and about and I work 12-hour shifts, so I bring my food with me. I usually pack my meals the day before. This saves me time and worry about what I can eat and keeps me from eating something that I pick out of hunger or being unprepared. Tracking my meals in the Carb Manager app helps me to stay on track as well.

I also started working out consistently after one year of being on keto. I jumped right into weight training.

My main goal with working out was to lose body fat and gain muscle. I decided that adding weight training would allow me to build muscle definition. My main focus for the first few months was my form. I recorded myself to help me to see how I was doing the workouts and what to improve on.

Now, I try my best to workout at least four to five days out of the week. I enjoy working out my legs and feeling strong. Rest days are also highly important to me to allow my body to rest, so I don't skimp on the rest aspect.

My reminder to anyone else out there on a weight-loss journey: Do not compare your journey to anyone else.

Focus on your own journey; this will only benefit you in the long run. Every person has their own struggles. Every person's body will change differently. Just keep in mind that things take time and long lasting results will take time.

And don't forget, hurdles and plateaus happen, and some days the scale does not want to move. Over the last year I have lost 50 pounds—but I want women to know that weight loss takes time and dedication. My new eating habits and lifestyle have changed my life, and I now feel comfortable in certain clothes and feel good about myself. But this change didn't happen overnight.

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