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Intermittent fasting.. any experience?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 07, 2011 at 8:06 PM

I am trying to figure out which IF diet works the best/easiest to implement into my daily life. I have heard of a couple different ideas like The Warrior Diet and Eat Stop Eat. I know there are many different ways that IFing can be executed, but so far the Warrior Diet seems like the easiest one. What do you think?

Also what should I eat in order to lean out? For some reason when I eat fruit or vegetables my poop isn't right. But when I only eat meat, it looks very healthy. When I eat nuts.. that's a whole different story.

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on February 23, 2011
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The idea is to eat a normal meal as if you hadn't skipped a meal. As much as you want but not as much as you can. Always push away before you're full. After all the idea is to build a deficit and pigging out will negate that effort.

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on February 08, 2011
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You might want to read about Leangains. This is another IF-based approach, and it seems to work very well for a lot of people.

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It took about 3 months. But I wasn't pushing myself to lose any weight and only working out 1-2 times a week. It just came off naturally and slowly. I think if someone was trying to lose weight faster, they would want to watch what they were eating more than I did. I was primarily doing it to see the effect on my body and cause I didn't have time for 3 meals a day!

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on February 08, 2011
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Metabolic Conditioning (mostly CrossFit speak) which means basically a cardio workout.

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MetCon? What's a MetCon?

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Hmm I have been trying the warrior thing for like a week now and it feels pretty good. It hasn't affected my sleep so far. So when you do eat, you can eat as much as you want? How long did it take for you to lose those 10 pounds?

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on February 08, 2011
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My personal experience, is that it's really easy... as long as you are in the right mindset. I cannot do it when I am trying to go to bed at night or at work. At work, just the slightest bit of hunger and I get very distracted from my job, daydreaming about food. On the other hand, I can go spend the day outdoors with no breakfast/lunch and not even notice I am hungry.

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on February 07, 2011
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I used IF to lose that dreaded "last 10 pounds." It worked. At first, I just skipped my evening meal every so often. Then, I stopped eating breakfast. I wasn't hungry in the mornings so it seemed logical. However, believe it or not, it started to affect my sleep. I ate two meals a day - the first at around noon and the second at about 8 at night. I think eating too close to bedtime and then not eating first thing in the morning affected my internal body clock in some way, because I developed insomnia which I had never had before. Once I threw in a morning meal, it went away. However, it worked great to lose that last 10 pounds. I ate whatever I wanted for those 2 meals and didn't count calories - just tried to stay as close to Paleo as possible. My advice is to listen very closely to your body. It's great to follow someone else's plan, but making up one that works for YOU is even better. If you start by periodically skipping a meal that you don't really want anyway, you can see how your body reacts. Exercising while in a fasted state is also really awesome and the meal you have afterwards will be one of the best you've ever eaten!

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on February 07, 2011
at 08:41 PM

Hmm I have been trying the warrior thing for like a week now and it feels pretty good. It hasn't affected my sleep so far. So when you do eat, you can eat as much as you want? How long did it take for you to lose those 10 pounds?

D5ef6397b5e2fd6fe5f093da5e3d403b

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on February 08, 2011
at 06:16 AM

It took about 3 months. But I wasn't pushing myself to lose any weight and only working out 1-2 times a week. It just came off naturally and slowly. I think if someone was trying to lose weight faster, they would want to watch what they were eating more than I did. I was primarily doing it to see the effect on my body and cause I didn't have time for 3 meals a day!

5de2fffda92c0bf2be7ede10cad55546

(1781)

on February 23, 2011
at 06:50 AM

The idea is to eat a normal meal as if you hadn't skipped a meal. As much as you want but not as much as you can. Always push away before you're full. After all the idea is to build a deficit and pigging out will negate that effort.

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on February 07, 2011
at 09:26 PM

After your evening meal, fast until your next evening meal. You want 18 hours in between meals in order for your cells to release the old and take in the new. A MetCon while fasting but just prior to the end of your fast ( right before supper) will work wonders for leaning you out.

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on February 07, 2011
at 11:52 PM

MetCon? What's a MetCon?

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on February 08, 2011
at 12:14 AM

Metabolic Conditioning (mostly CrossFit speak) which means basically a cardio workout.

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on February 07, 2011
at 08:52 PM

I have tried the 24 hour approach and found it to have pros and cons. The model I specifically used was to eat dinner at 6:00pm every day (i.e. 4 hours before I lay my head on my pillow to sleep). So, I never go a full awake cycle without food. And then, every other day, I only ate dinner (ex: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday). And on all other days, I would not eat after I arose until lunchtime (skipping breakfast).

Like oliverh, I too have trouble sleeping if I go to bed hungry. Hence my anchor meal being dinner, not lunch. And from what I know about the values of IF (Intermittent Fasting), the real values can be achieved by having the eating duration between my lunch and dinner (on the days where I ate two meals) under 8 hours with a preference to get it to as close to 4 hours as possible.

The pros were that it sure seemed to help move me towards insulin sensitivity very quickly, which was my primary desired affect. And for the first couple of single meal days, I wasn't particularly hungry prior to 6:00pm.

However, the cons was that pretty quickly, on Tue, Thu and Sat, pretty much no-one wanted to be around me for the 3-4 hours prior to dinner as my levels of aggression, agitation and over-all intensity seemed to rise pretty severely. In fact, they rose to the point that I finally stopped doing this pattern after three weeks (of pretty strict Paleo).

The conclusion I reached was that I was changing too many things at once; going strict paleo, moving back to weights and CF (CrossFit) and having some pretty stressful changes in both my work and personal life. So, I couldn't tell if the heightened undesirable effects were entirely related to, and if so to what degree they were caused by, IF. Whatever the cause, I wasn't going to tolerate the affects. I stopped that version of IF, and those undesirable affects disappeared. I still IF in that I now eat lunch at 11:30am and dinner at 6:00pm every day. So, I am still doing a daily fasting window of approximate 14 hours.

I plan to retry the original model of IF once I feel more stable with all the other changes which occurred starting Monday, 2011/Jan/03. And I will be experimenting with durations between 17-24 hours.

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on February 07, 2011
at 08:35 PM

I personally struggle with intermittent fasting, I generally can't sleep if I am even a little hungry, generally I wake up hungry too. So, for me at least, it doesn't work - although if I eat a breakfast with a fair amount fat, I don't need to eat in the day for say 6 hours...

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