I love this story. 45 year old Matt Manning was motivated to get in shape by a health scare – the possibility of a heart valve replacement in his near future. The prospect of such a serious operation and the thought of not being around for his children drew the 5’9″ 213-pound dad to the gym and eventually inspired him to enter a weight-loss competition sponsored by Bodybuilding.com.
Within just four months the Ohio-based engineer had transformed himself into a lean body-building machine, boasting a 40-lb weight loss and a mere 5% total body fat which won him the $50,000 top prize.
Besides pumping iron and a low-carb diet, what does he credit with his success?… daily intermittent fasting – an 18:6 protocol of daily fasting in which he only ate between the hours of 8 AM and 4PM daily.
Most of us won’t become $50,000 richer from our lifestyle change to daily intermittent fasting, but the rewards are no less valuable – lean body mass, more energy and overall better health. That’s certainly motivation enough for me.