Lose weight with interval fasting – four success stories of “healthy life” readers
“Instead of ‘eat the half’ applies: ‘Eat half the time!'”: With Interval fast, Eckart von Hirschhausen has lost ten pounds. And many readers have imitated him. Here are their success stories.
Eckart von Hirschhausen has tried interval fasting – and with the method proud ten kilograms decreased. One year ago he reported on his success in the first issue of his magazine “Hirschausens stern Gesund Leben”. Many readers then tried the “Hirschhausen diet”. They talk about their experiences on stern.de and in the new issue, which is on the kiosk from today.
|“You do not have to count calories, but hours”: Eckart von Hirschhausen swears by interval fasting|
Wolfgang Sander, 70, pensioner from Much
11 kilos decreased
“I stood in the sauna in front of the mirror and thought: ‘Wow, you’re fat! From the side you look like the fourth month pregnant.’ I was traveling with my motorbike buddies for a couple of days between Christmas and New Year, these are all heavy guys, so I did not need to be ashamed in the sauna with my abdomen approaching, but I could not stand myself anymore, I weighed 92 kilos at 1.84 meters height No pants fit more, the belt had already been a new hole at the very end.
I live on a farm. To feed the animals, move me actually the whole day. That there was always more belly, I pushed to the age. But in the sauna I suddenly knew: You have to do something. Still on the way back I bought the magazine “Healthy Life” – and started on January 1st with Intervall fast. Nothing happened in the first three weeks. I wanted to stop! But then the pounds are suddenly just so tumbled: Every day were 400 to 500 grams less on the scales. That’s a great feeling.
I lost ten pounds on March 11th and have been feeling really good ever since. Ten kilos, that’s as much as a full water box! Suddenly the shoes bind me again easily, because there is no stomach in the way. My blood pressure and cholesterol have also improved. Even my family doctor was proud of me. And it was all so easy: I did not change my food culture – just a meal, the breakfast, left out. And even then I allow myself on the weekenda “cheat day”. Nevertheless, I continue to decline. Not as fast as at the beginning, of course. But continuously. I’m back on my 82 kilos. Maybe someday I can convince my motorbike buddies to try the interval fasting. Unfortunately, they are all quite resistant to advice. “
Ulrike Wies, 59, clerk from Munich
She has lost 12 kg, her husband Armin Wies 20 kg
“My first step in the morning is a balance, it has always been my ritual, I have always secretly hoped that my excess pounds and fat deposits will disappear overnight, but nothing has ever happened, on the contrary: one kilo each year seven kilos in seven years, despite sports and a healthy diet – that was frustrating, even though I regularly go to the sport and do not eat too much.
Intervall fasting I read for the first time in “Healthy Life”. I liked this diet right away. Because unlike the “Brigitte” diet, with which I have started more frequently into the new year, you do not have to do anything special with Mr. Hirschhausen: do not buy exotic ingredients, do not cook in a complicated way. You just have to omit the breakfast. That even convinced my husband, and he had a few more pounds on his ribs than me. The only thing that gave me real respect was just that: omit the breakfast. I always thought that if I do not get anything to eat in the morning, I can not exist. Completely nonsense, that’s all in the head! Now, before I go to work, I drink a coffee and then in the office one and two or three cups of ginger tea.
In the evening there’s another hot meal, that’s enough for me. And if I get hungry in between, I eat a sugar-free ginger candy or an apple. So I lost twelve kilos, my husband Armin even 20! I am so glad that I can do interval fasting with him. So I do not have to justify myself for my new eating habits. And for two, it is also much easier! An example: At the weekend, my husband and I always have breakfast with buns, croissants, eggs, coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice – but only at 12 o’clock. There used to be the Sunday roast at this time! Now we have breakfast with us until 18 o’clock and cook together then a delicious dinner. Vegetable lasagne, for example, or pasta.
I get on the scales every morning with a good feeling: it usually shows a few grams less than the day before. The fact that my self-sewn clothes from ten years ago fit me again is an additional incentive. When I put on one of them, I feel much younger. “
Michael Reimer, 54, industrial manager from Selb
6 kilos decreased
“The weight is not that important to me, what bothered me a lot more were the many fat pads on my body, I also know exactly where they came from: I go to work after work often in the gym and then in the sauna I come home around 7 pm, I feel like hearty food: sausage salad, meatloaf, pizza, Currywurst – and like a Haxe .. Late in the evening I have indulged in a sumptuous ice cream – I prefer to eat Stracciatella! mercilessly on the hips.
In March I started losing weight together with eight colleagues from my company. We have set ourselves a common goal: every week we wanted to lose 400 to 500 grams. Everyone was allowed to choose themselves how to do that. Reduce calories, more exercise, omit sweets – or just by interval fasting. My boss and I decided on the 16: 8 method. If we were both perfect, you do not even have to give up the Leberkässemmel in the canteen! I just changed my daily routine slightly: instead of going to the gym right after work, I drove home and had something to eat there. As a result, I was a little later on the devices and later back home – and could thus skip dinner. Eating nothing for four hours before and after sleep – that’s how I relaxed six pounds in three months – and the excess fat that bothered me was gone too. The others in the group have lost weight, we have lost a total of 35 pounds. Great right? In July we bought 35 kilos of noodles and donated the ‘Tafel’.
But then came the setback: When the joint weight loss was over, my discipline was lost. I ate ice cream and pizza again in the evening – and in the fall I had the six kilos on it again. So I started again with interval fasting. Because that’s the good thing about this diet: you can start with it right away. This time I want to last longer. Maybe it works by treating me to two ‘cheat days’ on the weekend. Because I would like to come under 100 cm belly circumference – just like Mr. Hirschhausen. “
Feray Ayri, 35, employee of Deutsche Bahn, from Königsbrunn near Augsburg
20 kilos decreased
“I bought the magazine in January and started the interval fast on the same day, because you know Mr Hirschhausen from TV and I thought: ‘He’s not that fat, why is he dieting? But then I read his story: that he has irregular working hours in his job, and that he sits around a lot – just like me, so I thought to myself, ‘Man, this interval fast fits you very well.’ And what can I say? I tried it and had a sense of achievement on the very first day: I slept much better.
I work for the train in shifts. My biggest problem has been the cravings for sweets, especially in the evening and in the night shift. That’s why it has always been very hard for me to go on a diet in the past.
Intervall fasting, however, is really idiot-proof: You have to look only at the clock! With this simple trick, I lost 20 pounds in one year. And it is a good feeling not to have cravings all the time. In the meantime, I no longer regard interval fasting as a “diet”, it has become more of a way of life.
I was always pretty slim – until I got married eight years ago. Then it went uphill steeply: I gained 20 kilos in the first six months of my marriage, no idea why. And I could not stop the weight gain, probably because of insulin resistance, against which I had to take even tablets. Then I got pregnant in 2013, and even that left pounds on my stomach. Shortly before Christmas 2017, I weighed almost a hundred pounds and had dress size 48/50!
In the meantime, I’m back at size 42 / 44. The first trip to H & M after so many years of specialty shops, that was just great. I tried on a pair of slimfit pants and she sat like a glove. And I was able to stop the medication for insulin resistance. That really motivated me to change my life altogether. I quit smoking in 2018 – after 20 years! I have always hated myself for smoking. But I never managed to stop it either. I was just scared that I would get fatter. Now I’m nonsmoker – Thanks to the interval fattening. “