Do you intermittent fast??

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Deborahg38

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Posted: 13 Mar 2014, 14:12
I have been intermittent fasting now since January 30th 2014 every other day. I've lost 11.8 lbs from fasting. I want to know what your experience is. I have eaten as much as 2600 calories, on down to 1400 on my eat days. Is there a benefit to stick to one set calorie say 1800?

I have a friend who fasts a little less than me, but her calories are super low. I feel inclined to stay between 1500-1800 calories. When I ate 2600 calories I STILL lost weight, 8 ounces when I fasted the next day.

Want your input.
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iwark616

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Posted: 14 Mar 2014, 05:39
I used to fast a lot; 1-3 days at a time usually. I've been getting back into it this last 2 weeks and lost an inch and a half from my waist (I don't get weighed that much but I think its 7lbs not sure), so its not just water weight its actual fat your losing quickly. Very Happy
Deborahg38

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Posted: 14 Mar 2014, 05:52
I couldn't survive a 2 or 3 day fast, I miss food too much, but every other day is perfect and I was losing about 1 lb each fast.. I love it. I can also eat a bit more on my eat day because I'm fasting, so win win!
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shmiller

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Posted: 14 Mar 2014, 06:29
When I'm not in marathon training, I usually do a 2 day fast twice a month. When I'm in training, I do a one day fast once a week on my rest days.

My experience with this has been very positive, both physically and spiritually. I think that absolute key to a successful fast, though, is getting enough water on fast days. Failing to do this sets me up for dizziness, shakes, fuzzy-head, and fatigue. If I get enough water, I feel more on top of my game mentally and physically than if I didn't have a fast.
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Draglist

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Posted: 14 Mar 2014, 06:56
I fast from 8 pm to noon daily, and I eat extremely low calories on Mondays to adjust for any weekend indulgences. Works great for me.
riznarf

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Posted: 14 Mar 2014, 08:25
I lost 20 kg through repeated long term fasting (5-21 days). Gained 6 kg again. Now I try the milder version of intermittent fasting. Only eating between 10 am and 6 pm with a break of 5h in between. I don't miss anything and for the moment it feel more compatible to my social life. Aside to tese eating habit, I run and do yoga. As I am both mud (kapha) and air (vata) I need to make sure I stay grounded while loosing weight. Yoga is great for this.

shmiller, thank you for your inspiration! It shows me I am on the right track.
shmiller wrote:
When I'm not in marathon training, I usually do a 2 day fast twice a month. When I'm in training, I do a one day fast once a week on my rest days.

My experience with this has been very positive, both physically and spiritually. I think that absolute key to a successful fast, though, is getting enough water on fast days. Failing to do this sets me up for dizziness, shakes, fuzzy-head, and fatigue. If I get enough water, I feel more on top of my game mentally and physically than if I didn't have a fast.
libertino85

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Posted: 14 Mar 2014, 10:36
I LOVE intermittent fasting! I've been doing it for almost two years, and it works great for me. Prior to this, I was doing low-carb, which is also great. But with IF, I can eat more carbs and STILL lose weight. Of course, with IF, calories still count. I drink coffee for breakfast and have 100 calorie lunch and then indulge (within reason) at dinner. If I have left-over calories, I'll have a late-night snack or just drink diet soda or celery. Anyway, I really love this way of eating. And it has not slowed my metabolism or caused me to lose too much muscle.
jarolemodel

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Posted: 14 Mar 2014, 12:06
Honestly never thought about it before, and I'm surprised at how common it is! I like Draglist's idea of limiting Monday's calories to offset weekend indulgences and think I'll give it a try! Any suggestions as to how to do this in a healthy way (other than drinking lots of water)?
Draglist

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Posted: 14 Mar 2014, 12:41
I think you'll really like it!
shmiller

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Posted: 14 Mar 2014, 13:04
I depends on how you define "fast." Some folks do strict fasting, which means nothing but water. Others restrict to no more than, say 500 "clean" calories on fast days. I've tried it both ways, and didn't notice much difference, to be honest, either on the scale or in how I felt. I currently fast using the Isagenix program (this is NOT a sales pitch, just an anecdotal example), so I follow the protocol of that program. (You can see what this looks like on my food diary from this Monday and Tuesday, 3/10-11). Of these three methods of fasting, this program has been the most successful for me, both in terms of scale losses, energy, and ability to maintain my rigorous athletic training schedule. (Though I did a 2 day fast/cleanse this month, I generally don't do that during training. Just the one day, as I said above. But I was really feeling sluggish and yucky after this weekend, so, despite being 6 weeks in to 1/2 marathon training, I did a two day. I just slacked off a bit on my training on Tuesday as a result. By Thursday, I was back to my training schedule, and in fact, performed very well in a Thursday training run. I do not intend to deep cleanse again, though, until after my 1/2 marathon is over in May, only one days every week or so.)

There are many fasting programs and products on the market. Some work better than others, and it really depends on what you aim for from a fast which route you should go (product, VLC consumption, or just water.) Just be really sure you've educated yourself fully on whatever method you choose. You can really mess some things up physiologically if you aren't careful, especially for a fast that lasts longer than 24 hours.

For me, though, the spiritual element of any fast is just as important as the nutritional element. I replace my times spent not eating mediating or in prayer. This is not necessary for everyone, of course, but it is an important part of the spiritual discipline of my faith.

Also be careful of the psychological effect of using fasts to erase habitual overindulgence on the weekends. I'm not someone who can just turn this on and off, though maybe you are. For me, this would feel like punishment instead of cleansing, and would keep me from keeping my lifestyle in check. Not that I don't overindulge--I definitely do, I'll be practically gorging myself on a good old Fashioned Presbyterian Lenten fish fry, complete with pineapple fritters for dinner tonight--I just don't make a habit of it, especially thinking that I can just fast-away those mistakes when the week starts over. Again, maybe you can handle this, but my brain and my heart don't work that way. I have this feeling about exercise as well, though.

I wish you luck.
"The grass ain't greener, the wine ain't sweeter, either side of the hill" The Grateful Dead
mrspackrat

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Posted: 15 Mar 2014, 11:00
I do IF and love it (both the 16/8 or the 5:2). I've lost around 25ish lbs thru IF and now use it to maintain my weight. My daily calories are around 1400-1800 daily (although I'm sure some days I've eaten a lot more if there's a special occasion). I don't eat too many empty calories most days so many of my calories are nutrient-rich foods.
funtobewith

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Posted: 21 Mar 2014, 17:15
I tried it for a while, no issues, but no real weight loss either.
Deborahg382

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Posted: 21 Mar 2014, 18:13
funtobewith wrote:
I tried it for a while, no issues, but no real weight loss either.


When I tried fasting before, I did a 24 hour window and lost nothing. But I do 36 hour, and now I lose regularly. Just thought perhaps the fasting window you did was not long enough. Try it again with a longer window, try 36 hours. Weigh the day before the fast and the day after.
Deborah B.

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JAShel1

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Posted: 10 Jun 2019, 14:35
I've actually had great results from it, doing something along the lines of 16:8 (but not those numbers to T). Also helped some friends with it as well and they had good results from it too, well, the ones that stuck with it lol.

if anyone's interested in the method we used let me know i'd be happy to share !
Diablo360x

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Posted: 11 Jun 2019, 02:16
Brand new account bumps a 5-year-old thread. What ya sellin'? Razz
Consume whatever foods you prefer, whenever you prefer to consume them, while ensuring nutrient sufficiency and meeting caloric goals.
mnjgrimmer

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Posted: 11 Jun 2019, 08:33
I have been doing IF 16/8, eating window 9am - 5pm, along with Keto and have had satisfy results. IF has really controlled my "grazing" habit
liv001

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Posted: 11 Jun 2019, 11:13
Yeah posted the same thing on two accounts. Not sure how you can combine fasting and selling but the diet industry is smarter than the people dieting for sure. mnjgrimmer - SAME!!!!
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Posted: 11 Jun 2019, 20:01
Keto is ancient yet Fung is making a fortune on it. People sell books on all kinds of fat loss tools.
Consume whatever foods you prefer, whenever you prefer to consume them, while ensuring nutrient sufficiency and meeting caloric goals.



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