If you’re just joining me on my journey to lose weight and boost my energy levels with Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion, you can read about how skeptical I was. Week two was enlightening, though, after an interview with Joel Marion. And I wrote about my thoughts after the 14-day acceleration phase, along with my absolute favorite recipe from the book (which I’m actually eating while writing this wrap-up). Bestselling author, Joel Marion, is a fitness expert and nutritionist debunking the myths underlying traditional dieting and offers a simple, highly effective weight loss program, and I’ve been following it for the last 30 days.
I do want to note that this is a piece sponsored by Always Eat After 7pm, but the thoughts and opinions are solely my own.
After a month of following the dietary guidelines that Joel Marion writes about in Always Eat After 7pm, I have to say I’m extremely happy. Though I still eat bread, pasta and other foods I crave from time to time, staying on the diet has made me far more conscious about the things I eat. I’m not longer eating sugar and breads for breakfast – in fact, I’m not hungry in the morning at all and I’ve found that intermittent fasting makes me far more focused and energetic.
Seeing Results with Always Eat After 7pm
I have lost 17 pounds, and I’m still able to run every morning, though getting up at 5 fluctuates, but that’s more because I really just love sleeping. It’s also taking some getting used to running, getting up early and changing my diet, but that’s a lot all at once. I think someone who is just trying to use this book will have marvelous results, because I’m having incredible results and I’m certainly spinning a lot of plates.
As far as sticking with it, it’s incredibly easy. The morning drink recipes provided in the book really do help suppress hunger and keep my blood sugar stable, and I love how fasting helps me focus. I often go long past the start of my feeding window without even realizing it. I’m both very focused on the work I’m doing and also simply not experiencing the hunger pangs I’m used to having, especially mid-morning.
For this next month, I’ve made sure to put one of these meals on each day of my meal plan. I’m still making the coconut cashew pancakes but there are a few other recipes which sound utterly amazing I’ve yet to try, and so far the Chocolate Very Cherry Ice Cream is another family favorite (I like sweets, what can I say). My husband found some recipes that are ketogenic or very close and he’s going to start this diet with me (of course, he’s starting on the 14-day acceleration while I’m in the main phase). I think the ability to eat a bit more freely at times is attractive to him, which makes sense.
One of my favorite parts from the book is:
Fact is, most diets are extremely narrow with regard to food choices and variety, and many even limit entire macronutrients altogether over the course of the entire program (think low-carb and low-fat diets). Three months with no carbs? No thanks. Such practices not only are entirely unnecessary, but make for a miserable, unsustainable experience.
Long Term Plans
Looking at this in the long-term as my husband starts, The Always Eat After 7 PM plan consists of: The 14-day Acceleration Phase to kick-start the program and see rapid results, The Main Phase where you’ll learn exactly which foods to eat when in order to achieve your weight-loss goals, The Lifestyle Phase to keep the weight off for good. While I have more weight I want to lose before I get to the Lifestyle Phase, the book allows you to extend the Acceleration or Main Phases longer if need be to really keep the weight loss benefits at their peak.
Continuing with This Lifestyle
I’m looking forward to the next few months as I stick to this plan effortlessly. Are there days when I want to wake up and eat breakfast or have a craving for donuts? Sure, but the book has answers to those cravings – indulge them, and expand your fasting window. There have been days where we had Chicago-style deep dish pizza and I woke up 2 pounds lighter the next day. You can’t eat like this all the time, but the diet makes allowance for human mistakes. It teaches you how to deal with slip-ups rather than feeling guilty and then binge-eating yourself into losing your progress, like many diets do.
Best of all, it’s so much easier to stick to this way of eating than traditional dieting and the benefits are extremely clear to me. I’m interested to see what my bloodwork looks like the next time I go to the doctor, because I certainly feel better.
I encourage you to give this way of eating a try, and you can learn more about the book and how to purchase here.
Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion is now available to purchase. Give it a try and see how easy getting healthy can be, even if you’re flying in the face of traditional dietary guidelines.
This post is brought to you by our sponsor, “Always Eat After 7 PM”. The opinions expressed above are my own.