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Funkybutt
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intermittent fasting

Has anyone tried it and it worked for weight loss? I'm going to try it this week - only eating from 11am - 7pm. It's going to be difficult at work b/c I tend to snack all morning on carrots, fruit and crackers - mainly b/c I'm sitting at a desk and it's a habit. But I think once I break that, I should do ok since I don't like to eat dinner too late. It's definitely going to force me to drink more water in the morning - which is good!

Posted 3/2/20 8:59 AM
 
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PitterPatter11
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Re: intermittent fasting

IF is a tool to help you achieve a calorie deficit. It will work only if you maintain a deficit, which can be done regardless of what time you eat/drink.

Posted 3/2/20 12:23 PM
 

NervousNell
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Re: intermittent fasting

Posted by PitterPatter11

IF is a tool to help you achieve a calorie deficit. It will work only if you maintain a deficit, which can be done regardless of what time you eat/drink.



This.
Calories in/Calories out

If you eat 6000 calories a day with no activity it doesn't matter when you eat them or how often you eat.

And if I didn't eat all day, I'd be so hungry that I would absolutely probably eat 6000 calories in one sitting. It's definitely not for me.

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Posted 3/3/20 11:22 AM
 

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Re: intermittent fasting

Posted by NervousNell

Posted by PitterPatter11

IF is a tool to help you achieve a calorie deficit. It will work only if you maintain a deficit, which can be done regardless of what time you eat/drink.



This.
Calories in/Calories out

If you eat 6000 calories a day with no activity it doesn't matter when you eat them or how often you eat.

And if I didn't eat all day, I'd be so hungry that I would absolutely probably eat 6000 calories in one sitting. It's definitely not for me.



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Posted 3/3/20 8:23 PM
 

Funkybutt
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intermittent fasting

This is my third day and while I haven;t weighed myself, I basically see that it's been helpful with cutting out the snacking. I tend to snack all morning when I'm at work, and this is definitely the harder one to deal with. I end up counting down the minutes to 11am so I can eat my baby carrots to help me get to lunch. But I think the bigger thing is going to be at night - I stop eating by 7pm. I never realized how many little things I would eat or drink - especially when I go to my boyfriend's house after dinner. I would eat dinner on my own, and then more stuff with him in the evening - whether it's a drink or a dessert.

Posted 3/4/20 8:58 AM
 

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Re: intermittent fasting

I’ve been doing it for two weeks but the second week is more consistent. My window 1-9pm. The hardest part for me was to get all my calories in and make sure to eat so I don’t starve. I lost a few pounds and can see it working with what I am trying to achieve. For optimal results:

-it’s good to break your fast with a green smoothie or shake
-if possible working out before you break your fast
-make sure to eat the proper amount of calories
-drink lots of water

My challenge so far is when I take my kickboxing classes at night because I’m usually hungry and can’t eat since it’s after 9pm. I also take a long time to digest my food. Last night I ate 2hrs before my class and my stomach was bothering me in class. It was annoying.

ETA: when you eat can effect your diet. A lot of diets recommend not eating after 7:30pm. I’ve done that before and it had a huge impact. My husband had down intermittent fasting before with good results,so I wanted to try it this round. I have an aggressive goal for my bday.

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Posted 3/7/20 1:53 AM
 

Funkybutt
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intermittent fasting

So..... I did it for a week and I lost 2 pounds - even though I hate horribly 2 of the days. I think the main thing is that it stops me from snacking. I never really ate late at night, but I would occasionally go to my boyfriend's house and have a dessert - so that's gone. We'll see how I do this week.

Posted 3/9/20 5:36 PM
 

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intermittent fasting

I did it last yr and I didn’t only see a difference in weight but also the way I felt, my post pregnancy belly that I’ve been dealing with for the last 4 yrs! lol!, my skin, etc. It’s difficult at the beginning but u get used to it the more u do it, u can even get to the point of doing IF more than 16 hrs without even realizing, easily! I also did keto while IF so that helped in the sense that I wouldn’t get hAngry while fasting because my body would rely on fat for energy instead of carbs. I’m doing keto again this yr but not IF, I wanna start again though.

Posted 6/18/20 11:24 AM
 

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Re: intermittent fasting

I started doing the Insanity workouts in mid April & couch to 5K as well. The first four weeks my weight kept going down & up by 2 pounds. It was so frustrating but I knew I was eating too much. I started IF almost 7 weeks ago & I’m down 10 pounds so far. The first week was tough, but I love it now. I do get hungry at night, but it’s getting easier to ignore it.

Posted 6/18/20 4:09 PM
 

PhyllisNJoe
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Re: intermittent fasting

I swore I wouldn’t bother with this again because last time I tried I saw no difference and was starving
BUT...

I’m trying it again. I haven’t been working out at all (I won’t go to the gym with covid and can’t get into an at home routine) I’m hoping that I’ll be less ravenous being that I’m not working out everyday like last time. Today was day 1 of a 16-8 IF and it wasn’t bad at all. I still have 2 hours left of my eating window and I’m not looking to chew my own arm off.

Question to those who did this and had success: during your eating period, how many calories did you keep yourself at and did you focus on less carbs, low fat, etc? Or did you just say 1500 calories of whatever I want to eat?

I wasn’t planning on trying this again until a client at work said she lost 50 lbs just doing IF for the last 6 months. So here I am

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Posted 12/7/20 10:12 PM
 

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Re: intermittent fasting

i've done IF in the past and lost weight.

i'm currently on a countdown to skin removal surgery and want to speed up the loss of the last 15-20 pounds.

i'm back to IF and i've already lost 5.8 pounds... and i've had cake and cookies during my eating windows! yay

Posted 12/17/20 3:07 PM
 

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Re: intermittent fasting

Posted by MarathonKnitter

i've done IF in the past and lost weight.

i'm currently on a countdown to skin removal surgery and want to speed up the loss of the last 15-20 pounds.

i'm back to IF and i've already lost 5.8 pounds... and i've had cake and cookies during my eating windows! yay



Can I ask which one you are doing? I’ve been going strong for 2 weeks and lost just over 1 pound total at this point. I feel better but I’m not seeing anything real going on
I’m doing 16:8

Posted 12/19/20 9:25 PM
 

MarathonKnitter
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Re: intermittent fasting

Posted by PhyllisNJoe

Posted by MarathonKnitter

i've done IF in the past and lost weight.

i'm currently on a countdown to skin removal surgery and want to speed up the loss of the last 15-20 pounds.

i'm back to IF and i've already lost 5.8 pounds... and i've had cake and cookies during my eating windows! yay



Can I ask which one you are doing? I’ve been going strong for 2 weeks and lost just over 1 pound total at this point. I feel better but I’m not seeing anything real going on
I’m doing 16:8



18:6 works well for me.
i drink water first thing in the morning. i don't have my first cup of coffee until i get to work.
start eating at noon and stop eating at 6pm. previously, i had done 16:8 and it worked amazing and i was always comfortable... but i'm in a bit of a hurry to get these last few lbs off me asap before surgery.

i weigh myself daily... for tracking purposes. yesterday, i baked cookies for the neighbors and i ate a few. i gained 0.2, but i'm ok with that since i'm on a downward trend.

Posted 12/20/20 4:11 PM
 

longislemom
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intermittent fasting

Other than WW years ago this is the only thing that works. I have lost 40lbs starting at 18/6 and moving up to 23/1. Even a couple days over christmas and thanksgiving i ate and juiced alot and I maintained. Will jump back on january 4th.

Posted 12/29/20 11:03 PM
 

PhyllisNJoe
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Re: intermittent fasting

Just an update on this. Today, is just 2 days shy of 1 month with 16:8 IF and I am down 5.2 lbs total.
This past week I was eating normally during my feeding window (not the tons of holiday shit I was eating) and noticed even more of a difference in my face.

I’m gonna keep going! DH started as well

Posted 1/5/21 11:34 PM
 

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Re: intermittent fasting

I just wanted to say that before covid hit me, I had lost 5 lbs. in 1 month doing 16:8. I think this is something I could stick to long term

DH was down 5 lbs in 1 week doing 16:8, 17:7 - then covid struck so we can't really go by any other loss for now.

I was telling my FIL about it a couple weeks ago and he decided to try 16:8. He lost 4 lbs in 1 week, his blood pressure has never been so perfect an he said he cannot believe how much energy he has!

Posted 1/12/21 11:56 PM
 

NervousNell
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Re: intermittent fasting

I think the most I can go without eating is 14 hours. My blood sugar drops too low after that and it gets scary. ( duzzy, light headed, can't focus, shakes)

Posted 1/13/21 1:32 AM
 

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Re: intermittent fasting

Posted by NervousNell

I think the most I can go without eating is 14 hours. My blood sugar drops too low after that and it gets scary. ( duzzy, light headed, can't focus, shakes)



interesting.
i have this happen to me when i go a long time without processed carbs and then eat something sweet. my blood sugar goes wonky.

Posted 1/14/21 3:58 PM
 

NervousNell
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Re: intermittent fasting

Posted by MarathonKnitter

Posted by NervousNell

I think the most I can go without eating is 14 hours. My blood sugar drops too low after that and it gets scary. ( duzzy, light headed, can't focus, shakes)



interesting.
i have this happen to me when i go a long time without processed carbs and then eat something sweet. my blood sugar goes wonky.



Yes, I'm hypoglycemic. I have to eat every few hours to be honest. If i go too long, like with this intermittent fasting trend where you starve all day long, i can get pretty sick to the point of passing out. My blood sugar drops too low without regular meals.
I've actually been like this all my life and the crazy thing is I see it in my daughter already at 10 years old. She gets very weak and irritable when she hasn't eaten in a few hours. I am going to ask her doctor about it at her next well visit actually

Posted 1/17/21 12:21 PM
 

JME78
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Re: intermittent fasting

Posted by NervousNell

Posted by MarathonKnitter

Posted by NervousNell

I think the most I can go without eating is 14 hours. My blood sugar drops too low after that and it gets scary. ( duzzy, light headed, can't focus, shakes)



interesting.
i have this happen to me when i go a long time without processed carbs and then eat something sweet. my blood sugar goes wonky.



Yes, I'm hypoglycemic. I have to eat every few hours to be honest. If i go too long, like with this intermittent fasting trend where you starve all day long, i can get pretty sick to the point of passing out. My blood sugar drops too low without regular meals.
I've actually been like this all my life and the crazy thing is I see it in my daughter already at 10 years old. She gets very weak and irritable when she hasn't eaten in a few hours. I am going to ask her doctor about it at her next well visit actually



Same with me. I could never do intermittent fasting - its just a calorie control method -I need to space out my calories.

Posted 1/18/21 5:32 PM
 

beachgirl
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Re: intermittent fasting

Anyone feel nauseous in the mornings while doing IF? I started a few weeks ago and the in the past two weeks I am nauseous in the mornings. So much so that I have have to break my fast early and eat something.

Should I ride it out to see if my body will adjust or throw in the towel?

Posted 2/10/21 3:57 PM
 

NervousNell
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Re: intermittent fasting

Posted by beachgirl

Anyone feel nauseous in the mornings while doing IF? I started a few weeks ago and the in the past two weeks I am nauseous in the mornings. So much so that I have have to break my fast early and eat something.

Should I ride it out to see if my body will adjust or throw in the towel?



That could be a sign of low blood sugar- the exact reason I can't do it. My sugar levels drop too low and I get nausea, lightheadedness, brain fog, shakes etc
You sugar might be very low in the morning and that's what could be causing it.
The second I eat, I feel like a new person

Posted 2/10/21 4:04 PM
 

beachgirl
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Re: intermittent fasting

Thank youChat Icon you are probably right. It sucks as I was fine for the first two weeks and then the nausea kicked in - probably took that long for my body to figure out what I was up to!

For now I will just stop eating at 8pm and see how far I can go the next day before nausea sets in and will see what pattern emerges.

Posted 2/10/21 4:24 PM
 

NervousNell
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Re: intermittent fasting

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Thank youChat Icon you are probably right. It sucks as I was fine for the first two weeks and then the nausea kicked in - probably took that long for my body to figure out what I was up to!

For now I will just stop eating at 8pm and see how far I can go the next day before nausea sets in and will see what pattern emerges.




That should work. Just do what your body can handle and what feels best for you.
What I have learned from my DH who is like an expert on this kind of stuff lately (I seriously told him he should go get a degree in this as he has made this his life and done so much research!) is that the majority of us run our bodies on glucose. That's because of the standard American diet that contains a lot of carbs and sugar. So when you start depriving your body of sugar and carbs- by fasting for example- that is when you will notice the symptoms of low blood sugar- because your brain needs that glucose to function. I can 100% tell you when I need to eat... I get irritable, sick, brain fog, all those symptoms I described
After you have been on a low carb or ketogenic diet for a while, you become what they call "fat adapted". When you are fat adapted your body burns fat for fuel instead of glucose. That's why you lose weight on low carb or keto diets- because you eventually turn your body into a fat burning machine since you deprive it of sugar for long enough. It starts to burn fat in the absence of sugar.
It's really kind of fascinating.
My husband only eats once a day. He fasts for 23 hours or so. He is never hungry. He never experiences low blood sugar symptoms. One time he had a family emergency and missed his eating window and went until the next day- 47 freaking hours!- with no food and was 100% fine, not even hungry.
It's really crazy.
I mean, it's not for me, because i need my carbs and sugar, lol, but it makes sense when you know the science behind it all

Posted 2/10/21 10:30 PM
 

beachgirl
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Re: intermittent fasting

23 hours??? Wowsers I could never. Unfortunately I love food and could never imagine only eating at one time a day. It's a fascinating subject for sure and we are programed one way but could actually survive living another way. I have not eaten since 8pm last night and it's now nearly 10 am and no nausea yet so who knows.

Thank you for sharing your knowledgeChat Icon

Posted 2/11/21 1:58 PM
 
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