What is considered IF?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 29, 2011 at 5:19 AM

I have always been very lean and want to gain a few pounds.

Does the time in between dinner and breakfast the next day have a big impact on possibly not being able to put on weight? Sometimes I would say there is a 14-15 hour window between my dinner and breakfast the next day, so is it possible I'm almost intermittent fasting without trying to?*

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on December 29, 2011
at 05:36 AM

Each person has a "norm" that requires effort and energy to change. For some, it involves trying to lose weight and for others it's trying to gain. If you really want to gain, though, you can. It just won't happen without deliberate intent.

There are many threads here describing the things people do attempting to lose weight, and to some extent you'll want to do the opposite. There are also some threads like yours, such as this one or this one or this one.

EDIT: Sorry, I forgot to answer your question about IF. Yes, if you have an interval of 14 or more hours I'd say you are doing an IF at that point. IF is really just a normal part of the variability of a busy person's eating pattern and it doesn't have to interfere with either weight gain or loss--it's what you eat and not when you eat.

On the other hand, if you find it difficult to eat enough in 1 or 2 meals to gain the desired weight then deliberately eating 3 meals per day--and even a snack--might be the way to go.

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on December 29, 2011
at 06:43 AM

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