I also cut out all the snacks and sugar, and upped my protein, which is important for those of us in midlife. I found it really filled me up. But aside from the general rules, which benefit everyone, I found some surprising results, such as bananas and onions really make my blood sugar spike, as does oat milk – things you think are healthy, it turns out, don’t work for my body. I loved how personalised I could make my diet.
Now we’ve tested the prototype on a variety of people, not just me, and 18 months on it’s now a device powered by AI, so my prompts these days are from the machine, rather than my trainer, but they still work to change my behaviour. Last night I had a meal that sent my blood sugars soaring; I got a notification telling me to go for a walk for 30 minutes. But I rarely eat “badly” anymore; learning about nutrition has almost rewired my brain.
I love being at my new weight of 12st 10lb, which I’ve maintained for the last 18 months. I’ve always loved clothes, but now I don’t have to shop in the XXL section or feel embarrassed about my size. The energy I now have is amazing. This journey has literally been life-changing.
My workout week
I do an hour of cardio most days because I love how it makes me feel. I add in weights for 30 minutes once or twice a week.
What I eat in a day
I eat simply because I find it easier, but try to keep my protein high and eat at regular intervals.
Late-morning snack: A protein shake with almond butter
Lunch: Meat and salad, including sprouts when I can.
Dinner: Fish and vegetables and a shake to finish.
Carbs: I eat them in moderation. I’m not on a keto diet but I have found, personally, that lowering my carb intake made me healthier and feel sharper.
Caffeine: I love coffee and have about three a day
Alcohol: I don’t drink.
Sleep: I get about 6½ hours sleep, but the depth of my sleep has improved.
Pat Phelan used limborevolution.com