intermittent fasting

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DelaineCerto

Joined: May 20
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Posted: 17 May 2020, 16:37
Is anyone using Intermittent Fasting to lose weight. I would love to connect with you and find out your struggles and successes.
RapOet

Joined: Aug 11
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Posted: 18 May 2020, 17:13
Hi Delaine, I've been Intermittent Fasting for several years. Losing weight is only one of the benefits. Congratulations on starting the journey. Let me know what questions you have.

I do a 16 hour daily fast which just means
1. I stop eating by 9
2. I start eating after 1 (today I didn't start eating til 5)
3. I drink water in the morning
(no tea, coffee, etc. don't believe people who say it's still fasting lol.
Despite what they CALL it, our bodies don't care what we say,
they simply detect if something's there to stop "autophagy" (killing precancerous cells, burning fat, etc.) and trigger metabolism (signalling the body that there's food coming in).
4. I actually exercise while fasted, to increase burning fat
5. I also do some type of quick exercise even if it's just 30 seconds before I eat, to help make sure the calories are going to muscle and brain, instead of fat
6. After the fast, when I have a plate of food, I tend to eat carbs first, then protein, and fat last.
7. If I need more calories less than 3 or 4 hours before sleep, I'll aim for carbs ideally. (Eating fat makes it harder for your body to benefit from fasting, once you're in sleep mode). But when I'm awake in the afternoon I have lots of great plant-based fat (avocado, olive oil, nuts, etc.)

Starting:
1. First week I felt hunger pangs (this is because of hormones like leptin and grehlin that tell your body it's not getting food when it's used to so you need to hurt and go on red alert lol)
2. Once you know the pain is not harmful or starvation, I started recognizing that feeling as an alert, feeling gratitude to my body for trying to protect me, but also feeling grattitude for myself for letting fat cells die.
3. After a week, I didn't feel hunger pangs anymore
4. Realized how powerful WATER is
(people have gone for over a month without food, but only lived a couple days without water. Besides that, your brain, your digestive system, and so many things work with water. Thank God fasting doesn't require you to stop drinking water. I drink 2 cups as soon as I wake up (which also helps keep you full) and about a cup every hour.
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Ferry Fan

Joined: Jan 12
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Posted: 19 May 2020, 04:10
I'm also interested in intermittent fasting - heard a lot of good things about it. RapOet - very useful information there. Do you find that you tend to eat smaller amounts at your meals, ie that you need less food overall, or do you eat roughly the same amount but in a shorter time period? Thank you.
Diablo360x

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Posted: 19 May 2020, 06:09
Don't buy into the fasting magic. It's just a tool to help one decrease calories.
Consume whatever foods you prefer, whenever you prefer to consume them, while ensuring nutrient sufficiency and meeting caloric goals.
Hyannisgal

Joined: Apr 14
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Posted: 19 May 2020, 07:54
Intermittent fasting sounds like a dream come true because most plans don't require calorie-counting, since reducing caloric intake is one of the benefits of fasting; however I tried it several times, wasn't a good fit for me. The obstacles I had with it came with: the fact that my meals and my husband's meals are intertwined--I view it as a social/family element that fasting doesn't blend well with; another one is my overeating issues stem from an emotional aspect which fasting seems to trigger with me, not solve. Etc.
delciepace

Joined: May 20
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Posted: 19 May 2020, 19:01
What are you hoping to accomplish with it? I find I feel much better when I practice it. I stop eating 2 hours before I go to bed because I have found that I wake up too hungry if I don't. My sister lost almost a hundred pounds when she practiced it. She did what she called a modified keto diet along with intermittent fasting and experienced wonderful results. On top of the weight loss, it helped decrease her blood pressure.
DelaineCerto

Joined: May 20
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Posted: 19 May 2020, 21:09
I have already lost 40 pounds on IF. Stopped being strict for the last couple of months to give my body time to adjust to the lower weight. (Still follow a fasting pattern-just not as intense). I live with just my son. I am 69 and with just the two of us in the house eating times were usually a non-issue. But since the stay-at-home order we are shopping less but buying more and cooking more types of food that will last for a few days and eating dinner together. Not easy getting fresh fruits and vegetable more than once every 18 days or so. I am trying to keep it under 300 k before dinner. Haven’t gained any weight but I am not loosing it either.
Diablo360x

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Posted: 20 May 2020, 01:57
delciepace wrote:
What are you hoping to accomplish with it? I find I feel much better when I practice it. I stop eating 2 hours before I go to bed because I have found that I wake up too hungry if I don't. My sister lost almost a hundred pounds when she practiced it. She did what she called a modified keto diet along with intermittent fasting and experienced wonderful results. On top of the weight loss, it helped decrease her blood pressure.


She just used two tools to decrease calories. She lost fat which reduced her blood pressure. Correlation does not equal causation. It comes down to CICO.
Consume whatever foods you prefer, whenever you prefer to consume them, while ensuring nutrient sufficiency and meeting caloric goals.
liv001

Joined: Oct 09
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Posted: 20 May 2020, 10:44
I have done IF for maybe a year and a half. I do not have much for struggles. I am very flexible eating when it feels right. I can overeat so IF works nice for control. You are eating very little so overeating does not seem to be your issue. I suggest maybe playing around with different things. I believe metabolism needs to be "exercised" so eat a bit different a few times a week and see. Good luck
wcurtin1962

Joined: Jan 14
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Posted: 22 May 2020, 05:45
I fast when my depression kicks up or my legs are wrung out. It keeps me from having to deal with a one and a half story of stairs. This mostly happens on the weekends. Fasting really helps with my inflammation.
spacey48

Joined: Oct 12
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Posted: 24 May 2020, 15:35
Its a meal plan that suits some people ………….me included ..………...but there is there is NO metabolic advantage
jan-e333

Joined: Dec 17
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Posted: 27 May 2020, 08:11
I have for years fasted on Mondays, although I am not at the moment. Feel like it shocks the body and helps stop those dead times when it seems we aren't going anywhere with our method of eating.



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