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Can this be considered intermittent fasting?

Commented on July 19, 2014
Created July 17, 2014 at 8:22 AM

When I eat less on certain days I'll still eat throughout the day but eating less then usual. Sometimes I can get by with a small breakfast, hardly any lunch and have a large meal at dinner time. I tend to skip meals on various days.

F291857fa12a0291688ea994343156dc

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on July 19, 2014
at 06:45 PM

You're right... I keep missing / forgetting his comment "but eating less than usual"

For it to be true IF he needs to make it the skipped food during the other meals....

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on July 19, 2014
at 06:39 PM

I don't think so bob. If he's restricting calories, then it is not IF it's fasting. As far as I know IF requires isocaloric diet.

F291857fa12a0291688ea994343156dc

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on July 19, 2014
at 03:21 PM

Yes, I agree...I like your description better.

Seems to me OP is doing IF at least part of the time?

F291857fa12a0291688ea994343156dc

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on July 19, 2014
at 03:19 PM

If the OP eats dinner at 6pm the previous night and skips breakfast the day but eats lunch at noon, unless I'm totally mistaken, he'd be on an a 18/6 IF, would he not?

F291857fa12a0291688ea994343156dc

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on July 18, 2014
at 09:14 PM

OP posted.... "I tend to skip meals on various days"

sounds kinda like fasting... esp the skipped meal is breakast.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on July 17, 2014
at 06:04 PM

my understanding is that the "uh oh, food is in short supply" message is the message from alternative day fasting and other, calorie restricting, fasting protocols.

Intermediate fasting is designed to tell the body, "All the food you need is coming, just give me a little boost right now and you will be rewarded". Thus the body produces the energy (hopefully from fat stores) without going into the starvation mechanisms (reduced metabolism, etc) that occur with most fasting protocols.

So IF is different in that you get the benefits without the negatives.....

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on July 19, 2014
at 06:47 AM

It's close - If you completely skipped the lunch, you'd be doing about a 12 hour fast every time you do this. It's not as effective (in my opinion) as a 24-hour fast less frequently, but it will still have some benefit on things like your insulin levels and blood sugar control.

If you have trouble skipping that tiny lunch, you might try drinking plain unsweetened teas throughout the day. Hot tea has always helped me stave off hunger during fasts :)

F291857fa12a0291688ea994343156dc

(720)

on July 19, 2014
at 03:19 PM

If the OP eats dinner at 6pm the previous night and skips breakfast the day but eats lunch at noon, unless I'm totally mistaken, he'd be on an a 18/6 IF, would he not?

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on July 18, 2014
at 11:57 PM

I don't know when I'd be ready to fast, it seems like a difficult thing to do. I've found that by going to the gym and eating less on some days that I lose some weight.

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on July 18, 2014
at 02:30 PM

Fasting = not eating, so, no.

F291857fa12a0291688ea994343156dc

(720)

on July 18, 2014
at 09:14 PM

OP posted.... "I tend to skip meals on various days"

sounds kinda like fasting... esp the skipped meal is breakast.

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F291857fa12a0291688ea994343156dc

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on July 17, 2014
at 04:35 PM

As long are you're getting "the right amount of food" to maintain weight (i.e. not losing) then it's pretty close to IF as long as the time w/o food is substantially longer than your typical time between means. The idea is, your body has to "get the message" 'uh oh, food is in short supply' so that certain processes are triggered.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on July 17, 2014
at 06:04 PM

my understanding is that the "uh oh, food is in short supply" message is the message from alternative day fasting and other, calorie restricting, fasting protocols.

Intermediate fasting is designed to tell the body, "All the food you need is coming, just give me a little boost right now and you will be rewarded". Thus the body produces the energy (hopefully from fat stores) without going into the starvation mechanisms (reduced metabolism, etc) that occur with most fasting protocols.

So IF is different in that you get the benefits without the negatives.....

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on July 19, 2014
at 06:39 PM

I don't think so bob. If he's restricting calories, then it is not IF it's fasting. As far as I know IF requires isocaloric diet.

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on July 17, 2014
at 01:58 PM

This is called alternative day fasting. It's a bit different. But similar from a high level

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on July 17, 2014
at 01:40 PM

Eating any carbs or proteins will cause insulin release and will end the effects of fasting (IF procedure generally suggests an 8 hour window of eating each day). Some people have Bulletproof coffee in the morning since it's mostly fat.

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on July 17, 2014
at 09:26 AM

That's just calorie restriction (CR), not the same as IF.

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