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Fasting for women?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 13, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Hi I have been reading up lots on Marks daily apple about fasting. There are mixed feelings about fasting for women. Anyway out there tried it and had success? What do you do? I am experimenting at the moment with 16/8 and find it easy and works for me, also frees me of obsessing about food so much. Thx

74786bbe8254844304a33943290c4d6d

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on May 18, 2013
at 12:35 AM

celticcavegirl nailed it. Thanks. Also, carbs lower cortisol. So does meditation.

68655ec9711d207d69a63ebf96b37573

on May 14, 2013
at 08:07 AM

They way I understand it is that fasting can stress your body and raise your cortisol and as a result burn out your adrenals

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on May 13, 2013
at 11:06 PM

chris, i'm aiming for 72 grams a day. i wonder what it is that makes us so hungry? i was previously eating between 180-200 grams per day so i figured since i was dropping so many carbs my body would be hungry- i just didn't think i'd be waking up at 5 am needing to eat spoonfuls of coconut butter after a huge dinner at 9 pm. it's crazy. i might have to up my carbs eventually if this doesn't get better. i assumed since i have been increasing my fat/protein so much that i would be fuller- i am finding the total opposite to be true.

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on May 13, 2013
at 10:38 PM

I have the same experience-- when I do LC (<75g carb/day), I'm not really able to do more than about 14/10 fasting/feeding. I'm just constantly hungry! Since upping carbs and aiming for ~100g/day (some days much higher and some days much lower, but not stressing), I've found that my fasting and feeding windows are really up to my mental choice and not necessarily about physically feeling the NEED to eat.

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on April 13, 2013
at 06:42 PM

Wow, you can do honey? That's cool. I found that anything sweet or salty made me too hungry, even bone broth.

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on April 13, 2013
at 04:13 PM

My experience matches yours. If I just sip my coffee (with cream and a little honey) skipping solid food is no biggie and the next morning I'm hungrier than usual. If I try to eat just a little food, I become obsessed and don't make it through the day.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on April 13, 2013
at 02:36 PM

Can you say more about this, Pat? In all the reading I have done I have never seen this mentioned.

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A0c6d1e41fc0441b593a05050aefada7

on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

I IF. About 18/6 usually. Been doing it for a couple of months now. Sometimes I have a few days where I fast about 12 hours, and sometimes I do up to 19-20. It varies. Works well for me.

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on April 13, 2013
at 04:18 PM

I don't call my daily pattern IF, it's just my preferred way of eating which is to eat one meal per day. When/if I skip eating any solid food on a given day I consider that a fast.

Fasting is a mental rather than a physical challenge for me. My body is an excellent fat burner and I don't suffer energy crashes or strong cravings for food. The challenge is to break the daily habit of prep/cook/eat/clean up.

If I'm busy, particularly if I'm away from home, food doesn't enter my mind and I have great energy. In fact, without food in my GI tract I feel amazingly good. I can move faster and my spirits tend to be high. It's fun to fast occasionally if only to experience how wonderful I feel without the drag of a meal working its way through my gut.

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74786bbe8254844304a33943290c4d6d

on April 13, 2013
at 01:37 PM

I don't do it anymore, nor do I recommend it. Surest way to fuck up your adrenals.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on April 13, 2013
at 02:36 PM

Can you say more about this, Pat? In all the reading I have done I have never seen this mentioned.

68655ec9711d207d69a63ebf96b37573

on May 14, 2013
at 08:07 AM

They way I understand it is that fasting can stress your body and raise your cortisol and as a result burn out your adrenals

74786bbe8254844304a33943290c4d6d

(1663)

on May 18, 2013
at 12:35 AM

celticcavegirl nailed it. Thanks. Also, carbs lower cortisol. So does meditation.

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32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on April 13, 2013
at 01:11 PM

Ive been going back and forth between IF (16/8) and one 24 hr fast a week. Trying to find a good rhythm. Ive only been doing it a few weeks, so I'm not sure of results... but I feel awesome! My favorite part is that I cook one less meal a day. I do a large brunch, small snack, and dinner. Im even crossfitting fasted in the morning, and as long as I have a good carb serving at dinner the night before, I do fine. (Ugh typing on kindle - sorry for typos!)

EDIT: Also wanted to add that I found IF to be not that much of a change from my normal life. I have never eaten after dinner anyway. And I usually eat breakfast at 9 ... so all I did was push my breakfast forward 2-3 hours. Really basically effortless.

UPDATE (5/13/13): I have decided to stop IF for now. It was totally manageable, and even gave me energy, but I'm getting PMS symptoms (like tender boobs) almost every day for the last month. This is the only thing I've changed. I quit IF last week, and the tenderness has faded. Going to try once a week (or every other week) fasting for a while...

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0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

on April 13, 2013
at 12:46 PM

I do IF (usually 20/4 or 16/8) daily and have done so for over a year now. Most weeks I have one fast day, keeping it to coffee, bone broth and water. I dropped a few pounds initially, saw even more improvements in overall health and energy levels, and have kept the weight off.

I agree with the OP and others I've heard on the subject -- it's very liberating in terms of food obsession. For me, also, it's been instrumental in kicking the sugar demon to the curb. Cravings have subsided and it was relatively painless giving up the fruits this way.

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on April 13, 2013
at 09:44 AM

About 6 months after going lacto-Paleo, I started a 16/8 IF. Works great for me!

Now 3 years eating this way and I recently started Alternate Day fasting to drop a few pounds I put on over the winter.

On my "fast days" I drink black tea with a small amount of heavy cream (alternatively, you can eat a small meal of 400-600 calories, but I found solid food on my fast day made me too hungry.) I eat normally on my "feast days." I'll only be doing this for a few more weeks and then I will drop to one fast day per week for maintenance. I am finding it surprisingly easy after a headache on the first fast day. Certainly not for everyone, but it's working for me!

More info here: http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=166583

There's also a great 3 part Intermittent Fasting Primer on the MDA forum you should check out:

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread27894.html

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread28459.html

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread29011.html

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on April 13, 2013
at 04:13 PM

My experience matches yours. If I just sip my coffee (with cream and a little honey) skipping solid food is no biggie and the next morning I'm hungrier than usual. If I try to eat just a little food, I become obsessed and don't make it through the day.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on April 13, 2013
at 06:42 PM

Wow, you can do honey? That's cool. I found that anything sweet or salty made me too hungry, even bone broth.

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33d508b09cc22b95807ae027a0ac3473

on April 13, 2013
at 07:53 PM

It's working great for me so far--I do the 16/8 fast, a.k.a skipping breakfast. I do have a large coffee with heavy cream, cinnamon & cardamom in the morning. I was so surprised to find that, for me, I really don't get hungry until noon or 1pm, as long as I'm drinking plenty of water. It's really helped me to understand and recognize my hunger cues better.

I love the fact that I can eat as much as I want once I start eating (and, surprise, I don't binge and go crazy, but I do eat until I'm full. Then eat again when I'm hungry).

Prepping Paleo meals is obviously more time consuming than the S.A.D., so I like that I only need to cook/prep for two meals.

If I feel that I didn't eat enough the previous day, I'll hop off the I.F. wagon and do a day of breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the standard meal times.

I've been trying to lose the last 10 lbs of baby weight for over a year. I'm finally experiencing the "clothes fitting looser" thing that I kept hearing Paleo peeps talk about.

I'm also taking Ashwagandha, which I believe is helping my body adjust to my new eating habits and patterns.

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68655ec9711d207d69a63ebf96b37573

on May 14, 2013
at 08:09 AM

Didn't work for me at all. Made me very lethargic, knackered my adrenals and gave me hypothyroidism

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21a1a131a0674d12ef7cdfca8a192e1f

(50)

on May 14, 2013
at 07:34 AM

I tried it but instead of setting me free, it precipitated disordered eating habits, indigestion and general food anxiety...I missed food! I found 2 meals and 3 mini-meals work much better for digestion and are easier on my psyche. I think it depends on your character, didn't work for me.

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on May 13, 2013
at 10:30 PM

Ive been doing IF since about Feb - March.... it was interesting because my body was intuitively doing this before I got googling and found out the name of IF.

Its working well for me. I never slept well on a full stomach anyway and I love eating my one meal and actually feeling full. This 4 oz of meat is a serving size is for the birds.

As for weight loss I don't weigh myself but I'm in a size 8 or 10 since starting at a 14 at the end of Nov.

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089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on May 13, 2013
at 09:43 PM

i used to do 18-20 hour fasts every day but since starting low carb, i am starving all the time so the whole day is fair game for eating. it's a pain because i enjoyed my small eating window- it was so convenient and i was rarely hungry.

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on May 13, 2013
at 11:06 PM

chris, i'm aiming for 72 grams a day. i wonder what it is that makes us so hungry? i was previously eating between 180-200 grams per day so i figured since i was dropping so many carbs my body would be hungry- i just didn't think i'd be waking up at 5 am needing to eat spoonfuls of coconut butter after a huge dinner at 9 pm. it's crazy. i might have to up my carbs eventually if this doesn't get better. i assumed since i have been increasing my fat/protein so much that i would be fuller- i am finding the total opposite to be true.

2fd93e91bb14e641a2bac9c6033e84e2

(1614)

on May 13, 2013
at 10:38 PM

I have the same experience-- when I do LC (<75g carb/day), I'm not really able to do more than about 14/10 fasting/feeding. I'm just constantly hungry! Since upping carbs and aiming for ~100g/day (some days much higher and some days much lower, but not stressing), I've found that my fasting and feeding windows are really up to my mental choice and not necessarily about physically feeling the NEED to eat.

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on April 13, 2013
at 05:58 PM

Hi Andrea! I think you answered your own question - how you feel is the most important part, and it seems that you like it, which is great :-) So if it's working for you, keep it up! :-)

Best wishes, Alejandra

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on April 13, 2013
at 07:54 AM

I haven't dared try it as I need to feel happy to have regular meals, but in theory it ought to work well.

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