How long can you sustain this diet?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 28, 2013 at 6:07 PM

I'm an endomorph, I am obese and I'm trying to lose fat, so I'm doing intermittent fasting every day. I have an eating window of 4 to 6 hours and a fasting period of about 18 hours. I have been doing this for about 2 weeks now. So I want to know, is this kind of diet healthy in the long run? And how long can the body sustain this kind of diet? Or will I get mad cravings someday and regain twice as much weight as I lost this way?



on June 28, 2013
at 11:15 PM

You probably won't make any real impact on your weight until you can give up on the "crap food". Intermittent Fasting doesn't really matter if you aren't dialing in your diet when you ARE eating. IF seems to be best used as a tool for losing fat when one is thin and wants to get cut. You should focus on eating well, eating unprocessed foods, and leave the tricky fat dropping shenanigans to the ectomorphs who want an 8-pack. If you are obese and still eating junk, you aren't dealing with the most pressing problem, IMO


on June 28, 2013
at 10:50 PM

I usually eat junkfood, sometimes I eat healthy stuff like lean chicken breast and such. I also eat a little fruit and vegetables. I've been trying to eat less of the extremely salty stuff like chips etc. But I fear that I will get extreme cravings if I completly lay off the crap food. As drinks I usually have water when I'm at home and occasionally coke when I'm at a restaurant. (I also do weight training 2 to 3 times a week.)



on June 28, 2013
at 09:19 PM

You've only told us about the times you're not eating. What exactly do you eat when you *do* eat?



on June 28, 2013
at 08:07 PM

Only about 2 millions years or so.... Then the agricultural revolution bug will start to haunt you.

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on June 28, 2013
at 08:02 PM

In the long run, this diet is healthier for you than obesity is. But you WILL get cravings, you WILL have problems, and you will struggle if you think the solution to your problems can be solved by intermittent fasting. IF is a tool, and can be used well, but it is the person using the tool that determines the success by the way they use it. The reasons for your obesity are what you have to address for you to have lasting success. You can lose weight, but statistics show that most people who are obese and lose significant weight will regain that weight, no matter how they lost it.

It is different for everyone. Most times, the issues that made you obese in the first place will rear their ugly heads and you will backslide. It is incredibly difficult to keep significant weight off overtime, there is ALOT working against you. You can help yourself out by being disciplined and dedicated to a total lifestyle change - a complete paradigm shift, rather than following some diet that is currently fashionable.

What are your expectations? Most people who are truly obese won't become skinny, ripped examples of physical perfection. Getting comfortable with your physical self is a more reasonable goal. How far are you willing to go to lose fat? Are you ready to go beyond just changing what you eat, or was reason you decided to "go paleo" because you heard it was a way you could eat alot of your favorite foods and lose weight without exercising? If that is the case, your aren't in the right place to sustain a weightloss - but that doesn't mean you won't be at some point.

At some point during your journey, you have to decide that your way of doing everything was wrong. It made you very very fat. And it isn't just about the way you eat. You will succeed when you create new habits that reinforce a healthy lifestyle - when you move your body, when you go out and get fresh air, when you have strong, healthy relationships that don't revolve around eating or drinking. You will be onto something when you see that the discipline you have lacked around food is in place, and it is echoing itself in other areas of your life - your work habits, your play, your romantic relationships. Losing weight successfully means a total, often completely overwhelming change in the way you live in the world - and some people can't handle it, so they return to old habits. This is not a judgment, it is just reality. Going from obesity to a normal weight and staying there for any significant time is REALLY REALLY HARD!!!

But the ways of eating, moving, and living discussed here on this forum are wonderful tools, and if you are willing to use these tools well, you can succeed and you will be healthier and happier for it! BEST OF LUCK!!!


on June 29, 2013
at 02:47 AM

I've been living this way 11 years and going strong! I could NEVER see myself eating any other way!



on June 28, 2013
at 08:42 PM

Intermittent fasting and paleo are two different things. I've lost the weight and then kept it off well past those statistically significant two years. Paleo works. I didn't do so well with IF. It felt great for about two weeks, but I began to tank.

To be specific, what works is the 'no grains, no legumes, no dairy (except for butter). That's what works for sure. I am trying rice right now, largely because I am working out, but this is too recent to really make a pronouncement on. I tended towards the low carb side of things, especially when I was trying to lose weight, but now I want to build some muscle.

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