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Anyone tried fasting?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created November 25, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Ok, I've heard 'intermittent fasting' being chucked around a bit lately.. What does everyone think about the concept and why it works?

From a common sense perspective, it makes sense, as there would have been times when our ancestors went without food for a couple of days, especially in winter. Which brings me to my next, more nebulous idea/question...

Do you think it could be more beneficial at different times of they year because of circadian rhythm changes, and the fact that our ancestors were more likely to run out of food in the depths of winter?

Hmmmm......

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on December 17, 2012
at 07:23 PM

Honestly, no... But I wanted to pose the question about seasonal fasting.

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on November 26, 2012
at 01:40 PM

I agree. I eat when I'm hungry and do not fast... And happen to be very thin and healthy. I do notice that every now and then My body will yoyo a bit. Like eat 3000 calories one day and only 1000 per day in the following few days. When it wants that I listen to it but I never ever fast just for the sake of fasting. Also, on my 1000 calorie days, my calories are spaced out trough out the day like normal.

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on November 26, 2012
at 06:34 AM

No, it looks like you just can't think correctly since your body can't produce enough ATP.

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on November 26, 2012
at 06:18 AM

There's a lot of assumption, name-calling and weasel words for such a short response.

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on November 26, 2012
at 02:45 AM

Ahh, but what about when you just don't want food? Listening to your body in that situation is probably a very good thing. When your body has had enough, you're not starving it by not eating food. That said, you're on to something. I have a feeling a lot of people force themselves to fast prematurely because they hear it's a good thing to do. If more people just let (very) occasional fasts happen naturally, they wouldn't feel as though they are starving. Not all people who IF are crazy.

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on November 25, 2012
at 03:40 PM

Have you tried searching for previous questions similar to this one?

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on November 25, 2012
at 11:28 PM

These people are crazy. Starving your body is never a good idea, even on Paleo

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on November 26, 2012
at 06:18 AM

There's a lot of assumption, name-calling and weasel words for such a short response.

90bcfafd2ef73fea5398c483c593349e

(872)

on November 26, 2012
at 02:45 AM

Ahh, but what about when you just don't want food? Listening to your body in that situation is probably a very good thing. When your body has had enough, you're not starving it by not eating food. That said, you're on to something. I have a feeling a lot of people force themselves to fast prematurely because they hear it's a good thing to do. If more people just let (very) occasional fasts happen naturally, they wouldn't feel as though they are starving. Not all people who IF are crazy.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on November 26, 2012
at 06:34 AM

No, it looks like you just can't think correctly since your body can't produce enough ATP.

2e777bbcd49262eb31a24f821abec6bc

(1974)

on November 26, 2012
at 01:40 PM

I agree. I eat when I'm hungry and do not fast... And happen to be very thin and healthy. I do notice that every now and then My body will yoyo a bit. Like eat 3000 calories one day and only 1000 per day in the following few days. When it wants that I listen to it but I never ever fast just for the sake of fasting. Also, on my 1000 calorie days, my calories are spaced out trough out the day like normal.

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on November 25, 2012
at 10:24 PM

I have been bulletproof intermittent fasting. I feel great, and quickly dropped a waist size I just recently regained.

I'm skeptical whether I'm doing it right though, not to mention more than a little OCD, so I just ordered some ketosis pee-test strips.

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on November 25, 2012
at 05:00 PM

I'm a seasonal/circadian eater -- I do 20 hour IF every day in winter, closer to 18 hours in summer. And usually one 24 hour fast a week. But I second the suggestion to search this site, there's been a lot of discussion about intermittent and other fasting protocols, particularly over the last year.

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on November 25, 2012
at 04:54 PM

I practice a 14+ plus IF most days and include an additional meal on days I train. Lots of info out there on the benefits. Worth reading Eat Stop Eat or the Warrior Diet.

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on November 25, 2012
at 03:46 PM

I do it every day for 16-18 hours, and once or twice a week even longer than that sometimes. I love it and it frees up tons of time I would otherwise have to spend preparing or planning my meals. It simplifies things a lot when you only eat two meals a day.

There's a lot of information on it here, I recommend skimming through some of the pieces written in other parts of the site as well.

http://www.leangains.com/search/label/Benefits%20of%20intermittent%20fasting

I don't think it would be easy to say with any degree of accuracy that it's such a developed habit or so built into us that we could classify it or it's effect on the body as being seasonally specific. That, to me, seems like something that would take a few million years of consistently fasting around the same time as a population or species.

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on November 26, 2012
at 02:03 AM

I eat one meal a day while going somewhere between 18 and 30 hours between meals. My ideal is every 24 hours; when I eat varies depending upon social demands. I rarely get hungry and never ravenously so. I eat a couple tables spoons of almond butter if I feel hunger coming on, but have a social meal planned four or more hours later in the day. I drink about four cups of coffee before 2pm with about an ounce of heavy whipping cream per cup. My point? Intermittent Fasting, or my version of it, works for me. What I like best about the primal/paleo lifestyle is that my limited caloric intake allows me to enjoy life and feel great all the time without any concerns of unwanted weight gain - 6'2", 175lbs and holding...

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on November 26, 2012
at 02:42 AM

IF is great for rapid weight loss, but women are advised against it. We need our fat.

If you have adrenal fatigue, fasting is also a no-no.

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