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Re: Intermittent Fasting
« Reply #45 on: December 01, 2017, 01:32:30 AM »
I've been intermittent fasting for 4 weeks as of tomorrow.  I'll weigh in, in the morning but I'm pretty sure I'm down about 20lbs. 

I took it a bit to the extreme though.  I only ate 2p-8p but stuck to clean healthy eating during that window (had 1 cheat meal each weekend).  Also worked out regularly and didn't feel any energy issues.  I've never done any type of fasting before but I really like this concept, and it's been working for me so I'll probably stick to it a bit longer. 

Strange after eating this way a week or 2 I found myself craving steamed mix vegetables and a big cup of cold water for every meal.  My go to meals are flame broiler white meat chicken bowl (all veggie, no rice, no sauce), Panda Express bowl with steamed veg and teriyaki chicken (no sauce), and my treat meal would be an Acai bowl with fruit/granola/honey, so good.

I would encourage people to try this, it was one of the easier diets I went on and as long as I drank plenty of water I found myself having much better mental clarity than normal, wasn't overly tired and woke up feeling great every morning, not sluggish like if I eat a burger and fries the night before.

I think my weight loss was a bit too rapid so I'm gonna go a bit less intense but keep to the intermittent fasting concept.

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Re: Intermittent Fasting
« Reply #46 on: December 01, 2017, 06:45:11 PM »
I've been intermittent fasting for 4 weeks as of tomorrow.  I'll weigh in, in the morning but I'm pretty sure I'm down about 20lbs. 

I took it a bit to the extreme though.  I only ate 2p-8p but stuck to clean healthy eating during that window (had 1 cheat meal each weekend).  Also worked out regularly and didn't feel any energy issues.  I've never done any type of fasting before but I really like this concept, and it's been working for me so I'll probably stick to it a bit longer. 

Strange after eating this way a week or 2 I found myself craving steamed mix vegetables and a big cup of cold water for every meal.  My go to meals are flame broiler white meat chicken bowl (all veggie, no rice, no sauce), Panda Express bowl with steamed veg and teriyaki chicken (no sauce), and my treat meal would be an Acai bowl with fruit/granola/honey, so good.

I would encourage people to try this, it was one of the easier diets I went on and as long as I drank plenty of water I found myself having much better mental clarity than normal, wasn't overly tired and woke up feeling great every morning, not sluggish like if I eat a burger and fries the night before.

I think my weight loss was a bit too rapid so I'm gonna go a bit less intense but keep to the intermittent fasting concept.

Nice congrats, that's a lot of weight to lose in basically a month...you sure you didn't do a 28 day fast?  haha  Anyhow, I'm down like 30-35lbs from when I started in mid-June and that's all diet since I've been so busy and didn't go workout out.  I'm sure my results would have been that much more pronounced if I mixed in exercise.  But as they say, it's 90%+ diet anyhow.  I also found that I sleep better (not as long) and wake up with more energy and feel mental sharper throughout the day.  I don't really call it a diet as I eat what I like (just not high carb and/or highly processed stuff) and rare drink alcohol now.
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Re: Intermittent Fasting
« Reply #47 on: December 03, 2017, 10:59:49 AM »
Well done USC.  I was down 24 lbs when I weighed in on Friday.   Correction though it was over 6 weeks not 4, but ya a bit extreme.  I had a celebratory Jersey Mikes sandwich last night, most carbs and sodium I've had in awhile haha, but tasted good.

You're right about both the sleep and mental focus, both of mine are improved as well.  Hope we've both kept it off 6 months from now, that's the real challenge for me.

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Re: Intermittent Fasting
« Reply #48 on: December 04, 2017, 12:17:54 AM »
Well done USC.  I was down 24 lbs when I weighed in on Friday.   Correction though it was over 6 weeks not 4, but ya a bit extreme.  I had a celebratory Jersey Mikes sandwich last night, most carbs and sodium I've had in awhile haha, but tasted good.

You're right about both the sleep and mental focus, both of mine are improved as well.  Hope we've both kept it off 6 months from now, that's the real challenge for me.


You know, the first couple of weeks I think I lost 7-8 pounds but that was probably mostly water weight as I was going to the bathroom a lot (when you don't eat a lot of carbs your body doesn't retain as much water).  It's been very steady weight loss for me over the 5+ months and I'm fine with that.  I mix things up between going with a 24-hour fast eating once a day to a 20-hour fast eating twice a day to doing a 3-4 day fast every few months.  I have a semi cheat meal once a week like In'N'Out with a protein style burger and fries or a burrito without eating the tortillas or corn tortilla tacos.  I rarely eat bread, pasta, and anything with flour now but I do regularly eat potato, rice (sushi, mexican, etc) , beans, and corn (corn tortillas and fresh popped popcorn) just in lower quantities.  Liquid carbs, except for a rare drink, have been completely cut out.  I'd still like to lose another 15lbs or so but I think I'll have to mix in exercise since the low hanging fat has been lost already.
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Re: Intermittent Fasting
« Reply #49 on: December 04, 2018, 08:54:58 AM »
One of my friends was looking slimmer so I asked them what they have been doing... lo and behold, he was on a 16/8 IF.

So now I'm curious... I've been slowly cutting out my carbs, I don't eat after 8pm and I'm thinking maybe this will work for me. I normally eat breakfast during the week but not during the weekend so I'm thinking maybe a 10a-6p or 12p-8p can work just by cutting my weekday breakfasts.

The one thing that interests me about IF is what USC is saying about the insulin and ketosis elements. It makes sense to me that if you have longer periods of not eating, that would reduce insulin production. Ketosis will work just by reducing calories (as sell4u and Homie point out), but I think by having a very low calorie intake for an extended period of time, that might be more effective in starting ketosis.

I'm just worried about any side effects like what SoCal experienced (maybe ketoacidosis?) and whatever else comes from changing your eating schedule.

I've read IF also helps with metabolism but not sure how that works.

And yes, I plan to exercise more during the week... light weight lifting at home is easy to do. My preferred method is walking but it's so cold and I don't think it's enough.
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Re: Intermittent Fasting
« Reply #50 on: December 04, 2018, 11:39:42 AM »
just keep in mind that IF is the tool, and not the mechanism for weight loss.  in the end, you still need to eat less than what your body needs to maintain its current state.  for most people, simply skipping one meal (breakfast) cuts out enough calories to see results.  just be careful that you don't swing the pendulum too far the other way during your feeding periods that you eat more than you normally would during a normal unrestricted eating day.

exercise speeds up that process and IF makes that easier by compressing your window for eating - think of it more as a mental game where you're trying to outsmart your body (and mind).  definitely worth a try.  i don't currently do IF, but have in the past and saw great results.

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Re: Intermittent Fasting
« Reply #51 on: December 05, 2018, 11:17:37 AM »
So Day 3 and I'm still hanging in there.

Only thing I noticed which is what USC mentioned is the headaches. At first I thought it was a caffeine headache since I've had those before when I don't have my morning caffeine but I read that it's common to IF.

Other than that, my lunch is earlier because I used to take a later lunch but my nighttime routine hasn't really changed because I already had an 8pm cutoff. Let's see how it is when the weekend rolls around but I that was already a 12p-8p schedule because I'm busy in the mornings. Some weekends are busy, so our dinners could occasionally fall after 8p, so I'll have to adjust that somehow.

It's almost noon... is it weird that I'm keeping track of that?
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Re: Intermittent Fasting
« Reply #52 on: December 05, 2018, 01:21:38 PM »
https://www.sciencealert.com/intermittent-fasting-is-no-better-than-conventional-dieting-says-new-study
An year long study came to the conclusion that there is no significant difference between a calorie restricted diet and IF (they focused on the 5:2 IF).

In the end, it's about what diet you are personally able to stick to long enough that it becomes a habit. And of course, keep an eye on your intake of highly processed/refined foods, including fries.

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Re: Intermittent Fasting
« Reply #53 on: December 05, 2018, 01:31:16 PM »
https://www.sciencealert.com/intermittent-fasting-is-no-better-than-conventional-dieting-says-new-study
An year long study came to the conclusion that there is no significant difference between a calorie restricted diet and IF (they focused on the 5:2 IF).

In the end, it's about what diet you are personally able to stick to long enough that it becomes a habit. And of course, keep an eye on your intake of highly processed/refined foods, including fries.

Good advice. But it’s too late I weigh a whopping 300 lbs.
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Re: Intermittent Fasting
« Reply #54 on: December 05, 2018, 02:39:00 PM »
https://www.sciencealert.com/intermittent-fasting-is-no-better-than-conventional-dieting-says-new-study
An year long study came to the conclusion that there is no significant difference between a calorie restricted diet and IF (they focused on the 5:2 IF).

In the end, it's about what diet you are personally able to stick to long enough that it becomes a habit. And of course, keep an eye on your intake of highly processed/refined foods, including fries.

I think IF helps me mentally cut out the bad food (which I usually eat at breakfast) and limits my calories without me having to think too much about it. Being on the IF itself makes me have better decisions on what I eat. I've cut sodas completely so that will go a long way and having less meals and less time to snack will prevent me from getting tempted to drink them.

We'll see... I could fall of the IF wagon tomorrow. :)
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Re: Intermittent Fasting
« Reply #55 on: December 05, 2018, 07:35:26 PM »
sounds like a promising start
« Last Edit: December 05, 2018, 11:18:59 PM by mads »

 

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