Weight loss jumpstart--intermittent fasting

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alb1986

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Posted: 12 Oct 2014, 01:26
Please note: This is JUST a weight loss jump start plan. Before I get any lectures on healthy habits/weight loss, let me acknowledge that I KNOW that this isn't an every day thing and that many times "fad diets" or "jump starts" are looked down upon. That being said, I have an event coming up, and have fallen off the wagon the past few months. My ultimate goal weight is 140-145. I am doing intermittent fasting for the next 20 days, in hopes of losing about 16lbs.

That's about 4lbs every 5 days. I know that is an extreme amount, but I have a lot of bf to lose.

Right now I'm at 166, and am aiming for 150 by the end of the month. I am also trying to quit "bad sugars" cold turkey.
Wish me luck! Any others who have fasted to jump start your weight loss goals, let me know! Tips/encouragement are helpful!
nb girl

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Posted: 12 Oct 2014, 02:56
It's how we've evolved before supermarkets. We ate when we could find food, some days our ancestors weren't able to find food, other days they ate to busting after a kill. I'm sure you know all about keeping your metabolism revved.

Good luck on a successful journey.
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Draglist

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Posted: 12 Oct 2014, 10:21
I do it every day with much success. But exactly what do you mean by IF? There are several options.
freetime

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Posted: 12 Oct 2014, 12:07
No judgement from me..only positive encouragement. I will be fasting as well. No added sugar and no white carbs..those are my two biggest weight gaining problems. And NO high fructose corn syrup! That means no pizza. Sad I started yesterday and already dropped more than 3 pounds of water weight. I take a lot of supplements while fasting including potassium.
howzat4u

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Posted: 05 Jan 2015, 17:33
I am doing the 5:2 diet, where I fast for 2 non-consecutive days a week, and sometimes 3 days per week, so no lecturing from me, I think its a great idea what you are doing.
I would do that also if I could, but I know I could not fast every other day for 20 days, my will power is not that great

Good Luck!!!
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dragonwisdom

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Posted: 27 Jan 2015, 21:14
Hi Alb1986,

I would not say that fasting is a fad diet as it has been around for years. I guess the term that they are using now is somewhat faddish "IF" (Intermittent Fasting), but for me it works. I have done fasting for many years and in my youth (long long ago) I would do 2-10 days.

I began intermittent fasting in February 2014 after watching the BBC Horizon series on IF. I thought it was a great way for me to get motivated to start losing weight and it really worked. In the first month I combined IF with longer periods of fasting (36-72 hours) and lost about 20 lbs. It was too much to continue this strict IF/longer fasting routine, so I began to fine tune it to meet my daily routine/needs and for the past year have done IF almost day.

I prefer to start the IF after dinner until anywhere between 12-3pm. This is usually when I eat my first meal of the day. Sometimes I just don't feel like eating and will go until dinner or maybe just eat some whole fruit. The big issue for me at first was when I came off the IF period I gorged myself. So, it is really a matter of learning to eat slowly and a reasonable amount after the IF.

Nowadays, I am doing IF between 12-20 hours a day (this includes the sleeping period) and I am usually never hungry. I also have a lot more energy, eat less, feel fuller and have dramatically reduced my body fat %. Read Brad Pilon's bood for the science of it. I think the best part of IF is that I learned that much of my hunger is psychological (and I am definitely an "Emotional Eater" who needs to feed his negative emotions with sugar and chocolate and ice cream) and it really helped me with my addictive cravings and food intake. I would highly recommend it as a regular part of your diet.

I don't follow any particular IF regime and there are a number of them. My approach is that I did extensive research on the topic and then experimented and found what worked best for my body/personality. Overall, it really works for me and it makes my day less stressful, but I will add that it took some months to fine tune everything.

Some of the books that I have read on this topic:
The Fast-5 Diet by Dr Bert Herring, MD
Eat Stop Eat by Brad Pilon
Fasting and Eating for Health by Dr Joel Fuhrman, MD
The Fast Diet by Dr Michael Mosely, MD and Mimi Spence (Dr. Mosely was also the host on the BBC Horizon tv documentary Eat, Fast and Live Longer)
Dr John Bernardi This is a very good article. He is not a medical doctor but a PhD in Exercise Physiology and Nutrient Biochemistry. http://www.precisionnutrition.com/intermittent-fasting

For me, IF is a godsend as it helps me to keep on track with my caloric intake, it makes me much more disciplined, I am not a morning person so not feeling stressed about having breakfast really helps, it is a positive psychological feeling not to feel that I have to always eat, and at the beginning of my lifestyle change it really helped me to have a defined eating plan to start my diet and I saw some very positive results early on and stuck to it. I continue to do IF as it suite my personality, but I do know that it is not for everyone. I feel that it will be very positive for you if "IF" suites your personality and lifestyle. Just make sure to tailor it to your needs and don't forget to enjoy the process.

Good luck with IF!
carls lady

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Posted: 28 Jan 2015, 12:35
Go for it and keep us posted. Good Luck!!!!
micheled72

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Posted: 28 Jan 2015, 19:52
My question is when you are fasting, do you drink just water? How do you get through it and stay energized? I am looking into the jumpstart as well.
mrspackrat

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Posted: 29 Jan 2015, 11:27
I practice intermittent fasting too. Nothing wrong with it and it helps in improving insulin sensitivity which is one of the primary reasons people have a hard time shedding excess fat.

You can do the 5:2 which is 2 days of 500 calories (600 for men) and 5 days of regular eating. This type of fast you can eat anything within the calorie limit and drink water, tea, coffee. The fast lasts from the time you wake up to the next morning. The 2 days you pick can be any 2 days of the week, they do not need to be the same days each week.

You can do the 16:8 which is 8 hours of normal eating, 16 hours of fasting. During the 16 hour fast window, you should only have water, coffee, tea. During the 8 hour window, eat anything but stay within your RDI.

As someone said, there are other variations. Here are some articles:

http://jamesclear.com/the-beginners-guide-to-intermittent-fasting

http://romanfitnesssystems.com/blog/intermittent-fasting-faq/

I love fasting and thought it would be just something I'd start to kickstart my weightloss but I love the benefits so much that I continue to do it today.
wholefoodnut

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Posted: 29 Jan 2015, 19:33
Free time, make your own pizza using stone ground whole wheat flour, real veggies, real cheese, real whole meats if desired be careful of sausage, I buy mine store made, no chemicals and no sugars.
"The way we eat in America makes us sick, and if we change our diet--simply incrementally-- we will be healthier." Mark Bittman Food Matters

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JAShel1

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Posted: 10 Jun 2019, 14:32
How's your guys results been with IF? I've done something similar to 16:8 with great results and helped some friends with it as well! Have you guys found it effective too?

If anyone's interested I just published my first book on it and I'd be more than happy to share it with anyone in this group for free Smile (it's just a short read though - about 32 pages). It would be nice to hear some genuine feedback on it from someone other than friends/family lol. let me know if anyone's interested in it
claireosulli...

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Posted: 03 Jul 2019, 15:52
alb1986 wrote:
Please note: This is JUST a weight loss jump start plan. Before I get any lectures on healthy habits/weight loss, let me acknowledge that I KNOW that this isn't an every day thing and that many times "fad diets" or "jump starts" are looked down upon. That being said, I have an event coming up, and have fallen off the wagon the past few months. My ultimate goal weight is 140-145. I am doing intermittent fasting for the next 20 days, in hopes of losing about 16lbs.

That's about 4lbs every 5 days. I know that is an extreme amount, but I have a lot of bf to lose.

Right now I'm at 166, and am aiming for 150 by the end of the month. I am also trying to quit "bad sugars" cold turkey.
Wish me luck! Any others who have fasted to jump start your weight loss goals, let me know! Tips/encouragement are helpful!


No lecture from me. I think I fasted for a week once, but I had a V8 and water so I could keep up my exercise. Since then, I have not been able to fast except between 8 pm and 11 am... lol. Laughing ANYWAY, I can decrease my calories but I can't fast.
janinehensch...

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Posted: 21 Jul 2019, 01:43
I take apple cider vinegar pills and also Green Tea with Garcinia Cambogia I think that they have helped me a LOT !



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