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Coffee and Fasting

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Created June 23, 2011 at 11:56 PM

I do a 16 hour fast nearly every day, with an 8 hour feeding window, between noon and 8 pm usually. I've been doing this for several months. Right when I get up (between 7 and 9) I feel quite hungry, but after I have my coffee (within 1/2 hour of waking) I'm no longer hungry for a few hours, although my energy decreases as noon approaches. Is this an unnatural way to go about fasting? I enjoy the 8 hour window because if I have breakfast I want to keep eating shortly thereafter which is annoying and distracting. What would the effects be of stopping the daily fast?

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on November 28, 2012
at 07:25 PM

@blur - not unnatural. It seems like this strategy is working for you so assuming you can deal with the slight loss of energy around noon I say keep on keepin' on. And if you get really hungry at noon just have another cup of joe ;)

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on July 22, 2011
at 02:21 AM

yeah, except black coffee doesn't have any calories and is fine to drink during a fast.

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on July 08, 2011
at 03:41 AM

I don't agree that coffee suppresses the appetite in everyone - it is known to mess around with blood sugar, especially in those with insulin issues since it activates adrenalin. Julia -perhaps experiment with no coffee in the AM or maybe a swiss water decaf option...it may eradicate your energy drop before noon. Your comment above about breakfast options that don't keep you satisfied - there may not be a high enough fat content in those to keep you going. I have had a lot of success resolving hypoglycemia with more fat...I have a lot more energy and no hunger pangs for 4 hours.

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on July 01, 2011
at 03:32 AM

Donat, i feel if your ingesting anything thru your mouth for the sake of acquiring energy, then at that moment, your not fasting. now going off of the IF knowledge i have been given so far, not eating for at least 16hours yields the desired results(boost in HGH, fat-burning, etc) and that if you drink Folgers your body would take the coffee as food and it wouldnt go into fasting mode at that particular time. Julia, i believe its what your body is accustomed to. i get hungry around the same time of day that i ate the last couple of days. i would say to eat when you feel tired. keep experimentin

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on June 24, 2011
at 11:27 PM

my sleep is good- I try to get 8-9 hours a night and will usually wake on my own after that amount of time. I definitely feel better for the rest of the day if I fast through the morning.

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on June 24, 2011
at 11:25 PM

When I eat breakfast, I either have eggs with meat and veggies or greek yogurt with berries and nuts. Neither one seems to last me more than a few hours. I limit my feeding window because I feel much better for the rest of the day if I do. However, I'm wondering if it's a good idea or not because I don't really need to lose any more weight and it might help with fatigue if I eat 3 meals.

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on June 24, 2011
at 07:17 AM

"i dont constitute drinking a coffee as an actual fast" why? (other than semantics)

E48833ca4e98b24f35191a02e84cc262

on June 24, 2011
at 01:20 AM

your tag lines say it all, "coffee IF fasting?" personally, i dont constitute drinking a coffee as an actual fast(dont be discouraged), but maybe it has something to do with your noon fatigue. are you addicted? and what is your sleep pattern like?

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on June 24, 2011
at 01:15 AM

Have you noticed any improvements in health from your fasting strategies to what you did before?

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on June 24, 2011
at 12:55 AM

Me too! Hahaha.

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on June 24, 2011
at 12:19 AM

I do the same thing!

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on July 08, 2011
at 12:48 AM

Black coffee is a fine way to start an IF day, as it's a calorieless energy bump that supresses the appetite. Even with heavy cream, the lack of carbohydrate should at least mitigate the calories involved.

If your body is used to the extended fast, stopping it might have an effect on your set point. However, most IFers tend to do it randomly or sporadically, so as to keep the body guessing, and the fat release and metabolism pathways primed.

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on July 08, 2011
at 03:41 AM

I don't agree that coffee suppresses the appetite in everyone - it is known to mess around with blood sugar, especially in those with insulin issues since it activates adrenalin. Julia -perhaps experiment with no coffee in the AM or maybe a swiss water decaf option...it may eradicate your energy drop before noon. Your comment above about breakfast options that don't keep you satisfied - there may not be a high enough fat content in those to keep you going. I have had a lot of success resolving hypoglycemia with more fat...I have a lot more energy and no hunger pangs for 4 hours.

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on July 08, 2011
at 12:41 AM

Sounds like the Leangains approach. According to Berkhan, coffee will not interrupt your fasting state, so if it doesn't give you craptastic anxiety like it does me, then drink up. He recommends a 14/10 fast/feed ration for females, for some physiological reason that I can't remember, and also finds that he gets better compliance that way (which would make sense since there seems to be a biological basis for that recommendation). You said you start to lose energy by 12. Maybe the 14/10 approach would help?

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on July 22, 2011
at 01:44 AM

Just this past couple days I did a fast and coffee was definitely involved.

I had my last protein/fat meal at 8pm, slept, and around 12:30 had a cup of coffee with about 2 tsp half-and-half.

An hour or so after the coffee, I definitely felt the low-blood sugar hunger pains, but didn't eat anything and after about an hour or so it passed.

I ate a full meal around 5pm to break the fast and ate again at 9pm.

The only time I experienced hunger was after the coffee, which, I am assuming, is due to the blood sugar destabilizing effects of caffeine.

Since I didn't take in any food, however, my body eventually gave up trying to get me to eat sugar and went back to burning fat.

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on June 24, 2011
at 12:14 AM

I used to regularly skip breakfast out of laziness, disorganization, w/e -- and pre-paleo, if I did have breakfast, thinking I was being healthy -- eat some plain oatmeal, "jump-start that metabolism!" -- I would experience the same hunger surges. Likely part of it was due to my metabolism activating after eating, but I do think it was also due to what I was eating.

Since starting paleo, I notice that I rarely have hunger pangs or even the urge to snack. I'm convinced it's largely due to better nourishment in general -- giving up grains has likely improved my digestive system's ability to extract nutrients from the food that I do eat, and steady consumption of good fat keeps me satiated longer. So, it may have something to do with what you're eating. (What are you eating?)

In general, I've heard that intermittent fasting can be a good thing. Like everything else, though, I would think that changing things up is a key factor. Otherwise, just like exercise, our bodies "figure out" the patterns, and then compensate for it in counter-productive ways (storing instead of burning fat, for example). Is there a reason you consistently limit your "feeding window"?

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Hope that helps!

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on June 24, 2011
at 11:25 PM

When I eat breakfast, I either have eggs with meat and veggies or greek yogurt with berries and nuts. Neither one seems to last me more than a few hours. I limit my feeding window because I feel much better for the rest of the day if I do. However, I'm wondering if it's a good idea or not because I don't really need to lose any more weight and it might help with fatigue if I eat 3 meals.

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on November 28, 2012
at 06:49 PM

Best for fasting is plain organo gold coffee http://mycapturepage.com/cp23.php?id=470

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