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intermittent fasting?


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Hi all, I've just joined today - first day of my journey! I wondered whether any of you were doing intermittent fasting? I watched a programme on the tv last week and it was fascinating; I've since done a lot of research on the Internet. My plan is to, twice a week, reduce my calorie count to 600, then the rest of the week eat a healthy balanced diet. It's been proven to reduce not only weight but also sugar levels (diabetes), blood pressure (I have hypertension), cholesterol (I have border line high cholesterol, cancer indicators. Anyone else tried it? I'm having to do this method as I am currently bed bound after a foot op and won't be mobile for a month, not able to run/walk fast for 6 months - I don't want to put off my weight loss as I'm focussed now and don't want to lose that energy!! I'm looking to lose 20lbs. Thank you.
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I am..I started Monday with a fast...ate tuesday, fasted Wednesday, and I am going to eat later today Thursday..So I am doing the eating every other day method. I lost 4 pounds already..I guess it's kind of extreme, and I am not recommending it.. Is it risky?..I don't know. I am not driving during my fast days, to be on the safe side..And on the days that I eat, I eat very healthy, with lots of pottassium rich foods to restore the potassium, and other electrolytes that gets lost during my fast days. I also drink coffee to minimize the formation of gallstones, because rapid weight loss increases your chances of gallstones. I think intermittent fasting is healthy, because I think it's healthy to give your digestive system a rest. My every other day method may be too extreme though, and I may not stick with it, and just cut back to twice a week, like what you are trying to do. 

Thanks for the info too. I was pretty sure it reduced cholesterol, and blood sugar..However, I wasn't positive..and I didn't know it reduced blood pressure. 

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I wasn't aware of the coffee drinking so thanks for that tip!
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I watched the Michael Mosely show as well. It is indeed fascinating. I am tight now on Day 2 of my fasting. Yesterday was the first one. I am going to try to do the 5:2 rule with 2 consecutive days of fasting. I need to loose 30 or so pounds and I hope eliminate chances of developing blood pressure and other things as I get older. It's good to see someone else trying it out here. Watching the show reminded me of this aunt o had who lost close to fifty pounds over a year. She used to fast 3 times a week. Good luck you all!
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Good to hear your inspirational story about your aunt - fantastic results! How is day two going? I was going to separate my days - not sure if I can cope with two on the trot! Good luck with your journey too. x
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Oops! I apologize for the typos.
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Day 2 is ok so far. I know it is going to be harder than doing it if I had spread them a little bit. But then I am not sure how beneficial it would be. It takes the body about 24 hours to use up the food that we have in our body and then start using up the reserves. So I wonder what is better. Although the program did not mention anything about it. I'll give it a try this way and see how I fare. Let me know how you are going to do. Maybe we can compare notes. Cheers!
I have been doing leangains for 6 of he last 8 months. I have lost about 50lbs, lower bp-although it wasn't high before, lower ldl-which was a little high, higher hdl- which was a little low, and lower triglycerides.

I have also been doing heavy lifting, which is good for preserving lean mass and bone density.

Hello :)

I am trying the intermittent fasting too. Seperating the days, so Wednesday and Saturday are my fasting days. Didn't start until last week so only had 3 fasting days so far. Sticking to 500 cals on fasting days (since I am a woman).

On fasting days I have chicken salad for lunch and fish, chips!, salad/veg for dinner. I was hungry and grouchy before dinner time yesterday but got through it ok once dinner was ready.

At the moment I can't find the motivation to restart the cardio exercises again (I use sports active 2 on the xbox) will hopefully will pick it up again soon too.

Hope you foot feels better soon!

I've been doing intermittent fast for almost 2 months now-- usually between 14-20 hour daily fasts (Lean Gains style) Women are advised to only do 14 hour fast with a 10 hour feeding window, but sometimes my days just don't work like that haha

I lost inches that I didn't expect to lose, and my body fat has gone down without changing anything else about my diet!

Just goes to show that meal timing IS important. All those people who say "it doesn't matter what time you eat as long as you get your calories in" and eat "5-6 meals per day" are full of it. I used those idea for years and results came slooooowly. 

However you NEED to do IF with a lower carb diet. If you do NOT eat low carb/ high fat you are likely going to run into problems-- mainly horrible blood sugar swings, shakiness, irritability, hunger...etc. IF works best on low carb/high fat diet like the Paleo diet, and you should have a few months of experience on a low carb diet before doing IF to ensure that you are "fat adapted". 

If you do IF properly you should feel clear minded and alert, and any bouts of hunger are short and disappear quickly. The problem today with the whole "eat 5 times a day" thing is that people don't know how to recognize TRUE hunger. They think that they need to eat whenever they feel they should. This is not the way the body was designed. 

I feel my best and most active in a fasted state, and can easily workout for up to 2 hours on an empty tank now! I feel awake and energetic, and I have not had one of those 'cant get out of bed' days in well... 2 months. 

edhols99 - I read on a website that Michael did his 5:2 diet on non-consecutive days. But the medical trials that took place used consecutive days.
However you NEED to do IF with a lower carb diet. If you do NOT eat low carb/ high fat you are likely going to run into problems-- mainly horrible blood sugar swings, shakiness, irritability, hunger...etc.

Just curious.... Where did you get that from? I only read Berkhan's & Pilon's stuff (don't know any other IF *gurus*) and they seem to like carbs quite a lot. :D Do you have any interesting links on the subject?

 

BTT: I've been fasting for more than a year now. I usually skip breakfast and have lunch anywhere between 1-4 pm, a small meal in the late afternoon and dinner at around 9 pm (not super strict about it anymore though). I ate the same when I was losing weight, just less calories. 

I also tried 24hour fasts (once per week), but I prefer just skipping breakfast.

Give it a try. But make sure you eat enough on your non-fasting days and don't push it- I know a few people who thought "The more I fast, the better!" and got themselves into terrible binge/starve cycles. 

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I feel my best and most active in a fasted state, and can easily workout for up to 2 hours on an empty tank now! I feel awake and energetic, and I have not had one of those 'cant get out of bed' days in well... 2 months. 

carmenxox - you look great! You're the female example of IF that I have been looking for; you are now my inspiration! Thanks for sharing your experience.

However, I would like to add that in my research of IF I have read no where that you must do low carb.  I believe a person may get better results with low carb, but nowhere have I read that you NEED to do low carb while IF.

That's good information ivyjewels. I don't do low carb, high fat, high protein (Atkins like diet), eat all the bacon, cheese, hamburgers etc type of diet, and limit everything else..I don't consider it healthy. What I think is healthy is to eat mostly plant material with a little meat..If you don't you are not getting enough fiber, and plant nutrients. And I don't trust taking vitamins because no studies have been done whether your body even absorbs the stuff. And furthermore, there are hundreds of plant phytochemicals in a given fruit or vegetable that science has no idea what they do, and they are not included in the vitamins. 

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Original Post by carmenxox:

I feel my best and most active in a fasted state, and can easily workout for up to 2 hours on an empty tank now! I feel awake and energetic, and I have not had one of those 'cant get out of bed' days in well... 2 months. 

carmenxox - you look great! You're the female example of IF that I have been looking for; you are now my inspiration! Thanks for sharing your experience.

However, I would like to add that in my research of IF I have read no where that you must do low carb.  I believe a person may get better results with low carb, but nowhere have I read that you NEED to do low carb while IF.

Thank you very much :)

No you dont *have* to be low carb, but it does make IF 100x easier!

I use leangains.com and marksdailyapple.com as my resources

I am! I started a week ago today. So far so good. Have lost 4.2 lbs this week, the first fast was hard but my fast days since have been ok and my workouts are CRAZY good this week!

Love being back in control of my food and my workouts. Feel happier and less tired without the sugar and carbs!

Message me for a chat...thought I was totally alone doing this! lol

TamTongue out

I didn't know about coffee helping with gallstone formation. I have stones and am fasting every second day but have been drinking my coffee as usual! I love my coffee...that is good news for me this morning!Laughing

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Good luck on your fasting edhois.  I'm working up to trying it :-)  My husband is a M.D. and also watched that program.  He was very impressed and thought it made a lot of sense.  Please keep us posted on how your doing.

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Hi all, thanks for all the hints and tips. It's going well but I've lost 5lbs since Wednesday which is a little too fast for my liking (I'm not obese so I would only expect to lose a lb a week or so). This is obviously only water and maybe a little muscle loss (?) due to my bed rest situation. Just wondered whether you guys do intermittent fasting AND use the calorie counter deficit (within this system) too - this is what I've been doing - my husband just pointed out that I might not be eating enough then... Any thoughts? Thanks all - happy Saturday (good weather here in the UK!!).

I have been following a daily IF regimen for the last four months. I love it. I follow a 18-19 hour fast with a 5 to 6 hour feeding window. There are recommendations out there that women follow a shorter daily fast with a longer feeding window. However, I have not found the longer fast a problem. In fact I prefer it to a shorter daily fast. I recommend trying different fasting times and regimens to find what suits you. Don't necessarily just go for the first one you try or read about.  Nor do you need to be low carb. I eat alot of carbs. I like them. Alot. No problems with IF and carbs for me (altho I DO eat less carbs now because I no longer eat bread which was my old standard  breakfast and lunch food).

Over the first 3 months I adhered (in a vague way) to counting calories and tried to stay around 1500 - 1800 cals per day. In this time I lost about 5-6kg. Sticking to my calories was much easier with IF because I could eat most of them at one time and have a really substantial, filling meal. Small frequent meals were never good for me as I always felt under-fed and tended to overeat. With IF, I find it much harder to overeat. I have now increased my cals to about 1800-2000 to stop losing weight.

I have also found my mental and physical energy levels throughout the day are so  much more even - no post lunch slump. I either run or lift weights 6 days out of 7 and have no issues with energy there either.

Good luck with your IF and I hope it works for you. I have to repeat and emphasise though - try a few different regimens if necessary to find one that suits your body, habits and you can live with long term

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