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Ethan Pack
09-12-2007, 10:50 AM
Hello all!

What an awesome community on IF I have seemed to stumble upon here. I've read most of the posts that caught my attention in this sub-forum and I joined up today!

My name is Ethan (duh) and I'm 27 years old living in Houston, TX. I'm currently 287 pounds and 30-35% body fat.

I just started IF as a formalized routine on September 10, 2007, but had accidentally been doing sporadically it for a few months now. I've done the traditional six meals per day approach, but the weight loss and strength plateaus, constant macro tracking and tweaking, and time to prepare adequate food made it a battle. IF seems doable for life (at least that's how I feel 1.5 cycles/3 days into it!) ;)

My fat loss journey started in August 2005. I was 310 pounds and over 40% body fat - a complete waste! I got down to 236 pounds and around 25% body fat by August 2006, but started slipping a bit and tiring of the same ole', same ole' in 2006. Early 2007 presented a new home purchase, various rough spots, general stress, and other challenges in life and brought havoc upon my fitness and fat loss quest during the first half of the year (and having a girlfriend and getting lazy due to not having to chase the ladies never helps either!)

In mid August 2007, I noticed that I was up to 297 pounds, but at least I was at 35% body fat - better composition than 2 years ago, but the fat level was still unacceptable. I resumed my six a day protocol with random fasting mixed in and rededicated myself to the gym - and found great personal bests in all of my major lifts. I started searching for other weight loss and fitness approaches and fasting in general always appealed to me for spiritual and detox purposes, but not weight loss.

I stumbled upon Art Devany's site, Dave Draper's IF post, and Dr. Eades blog post about IF and became highly interested. I'm a classic endomorph (with a smidge of meso in there) so insulin is a biggie for me and fat loss is a constant challenge.

I don't know where IF is going to take me in this journey, but I'm very excited and anxious after reading many of the medical studies, personal testimonies, and amazing posts from the members here. I'm starting with the 24 on/24 off approach mentioned in the Eades blog, with my start and stop time set at 6:30 PM.

So, in short, but long, but short - I just wanted to say "Hello" and hope to provide a good case study on a 290+ pound guy losing fat, improving strength, and improving body composition using IF. The only concern I have is, of course, loose skin - so if this thing works too well, I'll have to slow my weight loss to be sure my skin and body adjusts nicely to my recomp.

Thanks again and here goes!

Mike ODonnell
09-12-2007, 12:10 PM
Welcome...and enjoy the journey of IF...great part....make it whatever you want it to be for your maximum results and lifestyle happiness.

Scott Clark
09-12-2007, 04:45 PM
I look forward to seeing your progress Ethan. I've been IFing for a couple of months (a few days per week) and still consider myself a total noob. My next step is to bump my IF to 6-7 days a week and then try the 24/24 protocol that you and most others here do. I'm currently doing 16/8.

Welcome aboard!

Allen Yeh
09-13-2007, 03:01 AM
Welcome, I look forward to reading about your progress.

Kevin Perry
09-13-2007, 03:07 PM
Welcome to the forum Ethan. I noticed on your If log that your listing your BF % via what the tanita scale says. Im no expert but I know that tanita scales are very innacurate in determining body fat levels, I believe they are in the range of 10-15% off so your BF may actually be lower than the scale reads.

Ethan Pack
09-13-2007, 03:35 PM
Welcome to the forum Ethan. I noticed on your If log that your listing your BF % via what the tanita scale says. Im no expert but I know that tanita scales are very innacurate in determining body fat levels, I believe they are in the range of 10-15% off so your BF may actually be lower than the scale reads.

Hey Kevin. I completely agree with you regarding BIA scales' accuracy. I've certainly got that point in my head and am primarily using the scale to monitor trends on it. Even if it's too high, I should see those numbers go down in some logical/correspondingly inaccurate manner (specifically in my PM readings as my daily hydration, temperature, and measuring time is pretty consistent each day for these.)

I'd use my calipers, but I'm a bit too lazy to include it in my daily measuring ritual! :)

Can't wait to see how it goes from here!

Ethan Pack
09-13-2007, 03:36 PM
Welcome...and enjoy the journey of IF...great part....make it whatever you want it to be for your maximum results and lifestyle happiness.

I look forward to seeing your progress Ethan. I've been IFing for a couple of months (a few days per week) and still consider myself a total noob. My next step is to bump my IF to 6-7 days a week and then try the 24/24 protocol that you and most others here do. I'm currently doing 16/8.

Welcome aboard!

Welcome, I look forward to reading about your progress.

Thanks guys! I've already gained some great info from this sub-forum and many of the others here. :cool: