‘I Did A Low-Carb, Intermittent Fasting 18 6 Diet To Lose 70 Lbs.’

My name is Charmaine Canida (@_coachceecee), and I am 28 years old. I’m from Houston, Texas, and I’m a case manager and wellness coach. After seeing a loved one deal with health issues as a result of poor nutrition, I changed my lifestyle by eating a low-carb, intermittent fasting 18:6 diet and doing Camp Gladiator boot camp workouts.

I was always overweight, and obesity runs in my family. Growing up, I was bullied for being overweight, but it only made me want to eat more. I used food in order to cope with stress, depression, sadness, and anger. Sodas and sweets were like my cigarettes or drug of choice. Anytime I had a bad day, that is what I wanted.

Fast-forward to July 19, 2016: I sat on my bed crying uncontrollably over the loss of my grandmother seven months prior. I had been sad and depressed for months. My grandmother had a lot of health complications, many that were due to her lack of proper nutrition. I would go to doctor appointments with her, and the physician would plead with her to change her diet. She was elderly and stuck in her ways, so she didn’t. However, it was an awakening for me. If I didn’t change, I would be heading down the same road.

I joined a metabolic program and lost about 80 pounds. But after moving to a bigger city, I gained it all back.

It wasn’t until March 2020 that I became consistent in making a lifestyle change.

This included the way I viewed food. I chose a low-carb and intermittent fasting eating plan because, after trying several methods to lose weight, this combo was the only one that I felt I could sustain over my lifetime.

I fast for 18 hours and eat within a six-hour window (an 18:6 schedule), and I typically only eat two meals per day during my eating window. This is the eating method that works for *me*—but you should always check in with a dietitian or doctor before making big changes to your diet.

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Here’s what I eat in a day:

  • Breakfast: Two eggs and either two pieces of bacon or sausage.
  • Lunch: Chicken thighs and green beans.
  • Snacks: Pork rinds.
  • Dinner: Country-style ribs and cabbage.
  • Dessert: Sugar-free cheesecake pudding.

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    I started working out by going to the gym and doing cardio five to seven days per week.

    I am now part of a boot camp group called Camp Gladiator that operates on a four-week cycle that includes: endurance, strength and agility, and interval training. I love the Camp Gladiator community because of the support and

    Intermittent fasting may cause muscle loss more than weight loss, study says

    Intermittent fasting might not be as healthy as some may have thought.

    A new study on the topic was published in JAMA Internal Medicine  – a monthly peer-reviewed medical journal overseen by the American Medical Association — and suggests that the time-restrictive diet isn’t necessarily the best strategy for losing weight.


    The study was conducted by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco and the University of Hawai’i Cancer Center. After observing weight loss results from 116 adults who were considered “overweight” or “obese,” it was determined that intermittent fasting didn’t yield “significantly different” outcomes from people who ate their meals at typical intervals.

    People who practice intermittent fasting refrain from eating for certain hours throughout the day. Some dieters do not not eat for a 24 hours while others prefer to opt for a large calorie deficit, according to Healthline.


    Proponents of the diet have made claims that intermittent fasting is a superior weight loss method or can contribute to a longer life, but researchers at UCSF and UHCC found that some of the participants who practiced the diet experienced a significant amount of lean muscle loss.

    “Loss of lean mass during weight loss typically accounts for 20% to 30% of total weight loss,” the study stated. “The proportion of lean mass loss in this study (approximately 65%) far exceeds the normal range of 20% to 30% … Finally, the extent of lean mass loss during weight loss has been positively correlated with weight regain.”

    Intermittant fasting involves refraining from eating for a set number of hours throughout the day. (iStock)

    Intermittant fasting involves refraining from eating for a set number of hours throughout the day. (iStock)


    Despite the warning, the study noted that further research needs to be conducted with close monitoring of participants’ protein intake. Researchers observed the 116 participants for only 12 weeks.

    Overall, those who practiced intermittent fasting throughout the study lost half a pound more than those who did not restrict their eating times.


    “Time-restricted eating, in the absence of other interventions, is not more effective in weight loss than eating throughout the day,” the study concluded.

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