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To Fast or Not to Fast?

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Created February 09, 2013 at 4:31 AM

Ok, i have been doin the normal paleo apporach to my diet, at first, i was no dairy, no poatoes, nothing. But I have now put back a bit of dairy in the form of grass fed raw milk every now and then. Anyways, Im interested in the whole fast idea. Maybe once every two weeks, my body is completely satisfied, and i do not eat one of the days. Its weird. My question though, those that fast, do you just put it in your weekly schedule as in "hey, im going to fast today" or do you let your body to the talking? I only eat when im hungry, but i have a feeling if i implement some sort of fast, id be feeling even better, what say you?..

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Seconding how if you fast eat to maintenance most of the time- if you are lean already. I find I can only fast about 22 hours, and then have only one low cal day (around 1200). I can't do it more than once a week- I'm very lean, doing more would be dangerous, or put undo pressure on my body.

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on February 09, 2013
at 07:12 AM

I think a short fast (several hours up to a couple days) is fairly safe for most people and can be an effective tool for some quick fat loss without getting into "starvation mode". I prefer to do this when my mind is preoccupied with other things, such as work, or I am physically active, like a full-day hike. Sitting around during the fast will inevitably make you obsess over food and probably binge when you cave. If you are sitting around and get hungry, just get up and go for a walk... it's amazing how fleeting cravings are.

If you are lean (under 10% BF for men, 25% women), make sure that you are eating pretty close to maintence the rest of the time, otherwise you might start suffering some hormonal problems. I personally spent a couple years eating below maintence, fasting, and low-carbing, all at about 5-7% BF, and I'm still recovering hormonally.

If you have quite a bit of fat left over, then fasting for even longer periods of time would probably not pose any problem. It is not unheard of obese people just fasting themselves for weeks to relative thinness. Essentially, the leaner you get, the more fiercely your body will defend its reserves.

Here's a good summary from Mark: https://www.marksdailyapple.com/fasting-weight-loss/

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on April 06, 2013
at 09:37 AM

Seconding how if you fast eat to maintenance most of the time- if you are lean already. I find I can only fast about 22 hours, and then have only one low cal day (around 1200). I can't do it more than once a week- I'm very lean, doing more would be dangerous, or put undo pressure on my body.

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on March 09, 2013
at 07:27 AM

Go for it. It seems pretty natural. I cannot do it. I am female. I have blood sugar issues if I don't eat regular meals and even more importantly it makes my mood so low I just cannot tolerate it, nothing is worth that and I feel better with 3 regular meals/no snacks.

I am sure however that it is good for people. However for those who are at risk of bingeing on sugar, who are sugar addicts etc not eating a meal does tend to mean they they lose all ability to control their eating and then do much worse so I suggest particularly if you're male and controlling what you eat is not too hard try it. People live longer who eat fewer calories and it gives the body a break but if you're more like I am treat it with caution. For me it's just too risky. It can derail everything else and make me feel bad life is dreadful, rather than any kind of hungry euphoria.

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