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Intermittent Fasting

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 27, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Lately, I have read about the benefits of Intermitten Fasting. I typically consume 3 large meals a day with 2 snacks (mid morning and mid afternoon). I am 95% paleo, with the exception coming in the occational bite of desert or chocolate. My snacks usually consist of an apple and a handful of almonds in the morning, and some nuts in the afternoon.

I feel as I would have a really heard making it until noon before my first meal, or stop eating by 2 or 3 oclock. Has anyone tried this technique? It seems extremely hard.

Also, is the structure of my diet flawed? I tend to believe it is not, however, after the reading about fasting, I am concerned it is. Thanks for the help!

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on June 27, 2013
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Yup, I found that more often than not I end up fasting by accident. Even if you're eating fairly high carb (I probably hit 100-150g a day in starchy tubers), most Paleo eaters can go straight for 8-12 hours without really noticing the hunger. Granted, if you're not doing anything and also watching for a reaction, the hunger will be more apparent. One thing to note is that when you are fasting, you need to make a conscious effort to get enough water. Some of your water intake normally comes from food, so it's all the more important to keep drinking. Don't overhydrate, just drink when thirsty :)

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on June 27, 2013
at 04:02 PM

I've tried it, and it's not really a bad thing. If you are a high-carb conventional eater, you have a lot higher peaks and valleys in your daily energy. Most paleos can skip a meal and not really notice it. There's a difference between running out of energy and feeling hungry.

If you're worried about trying it, you can do some experiments. Skip breakfast and snack and eat lunch when you get hungry. If you stopped eating at 8pm and don't eat until 11 am the next day, that's not too shabby. You'll find that it's not a big deal to miss a meal.

There's a ton of variations you can do depending on your goals, but skipping a meal or two every once in a while is a good thing.

C6648ab69e5a1560c7585fe3ba7108fb

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on June 27, 2013
at 04:39 PM

Yup, I found that more often than not I end up fasting by accident. Even if you're eating fairly high carb (I probably hit 100-150g a day in starchy tubers), most Paleo eaters can go straight for 8-12 hours without really noticing the hunger. Granted, if you're not doing anything and also watching for a reaction, the hunger will be more apparent. One thing to note is that when you are fasting, you need to make a conscious effort to get enough water. Some of your water intake normally comes from food, so it's all the more important to keep drinking. Don't overhydrate, just drink when thirsty :)

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