The Investment Scientist

Health Is Wealth 3: My First Small Step To Health

Posted on: March 31, 2023

Ten years ago, I was overweight, my blood lipid profile was quite messed up, with my triglyceride and cholesterol several times the normal level, I was pre-diabetic, my attention was short, my memory was failing, and I got hungry and dizzy easily. 

I tried everything I could think of to remedy the situation. I took medicines and played sports. I tried diets like juicing, vegetarianism, calorie restriction, and many others, all to no avail. Then an acquaintance shared with me that intermittent fasting (IM) had worked magic for her. I decided to give it a try. 

My initial attempt was rather tentative since I was really afraid of hunger. When I was hungry, I got so dizzy that I felt like I could pass out. When that happened, I needed something very sweet like ice cream to bring me back. 

The first change I made was simply to have breakfast one hour later than before. That way, the hunger I felt was totally bearable. Within a month, I had made so much progress that I could combine my breakfast and lunch together and just have brunch. That’s when I started two meals a day (TMAD). 

I noticed immediately that I could lose weight and keep it off, unlike the other times before when I always gained it back. Also, I was less and less prone to hunger, and even when I was hungry, I did not feel dizzy and weak anymore. 

Later, I read enough to understand the changes happening in my body. But since I am not a physician, I am not going to write anything here. I recommend searching for these keywords on YouTube: “intermittent fasting and weight loss”, “intermittent fasting and ketosis”, “intermittent fasting and fat adaptation”, “intermittent fasting and autophagy”, “intermittent fasting and longevity” and educating yourself about intermittent fasting. 

My experience tells me that it is not so much what you eat, but what time you eat that can EASILY make a BIG difference. Over time, I have progressed toward one meal a day (OMAD). 

Now my body is completely lean, even my love handles are gone. The pre-diabetes is a thing of the past, my lipid profile is as good as a healthy twenty-year-old’s, and I am full of energy and attention despite eating only one meal a day. 

Of course, I have become much more attentive to what I eat as well, and I also take a multitude of nutritional supplements which I will talk about later. But my journey to health started with a very small step: delay breakfast for an hour. That is something that I think everyone can try.

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Michael Zhuang is principal of MZ Capital, a fee-only independent advisory firm based in Washington, DC.


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