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Cold hands and feet during IF

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Created August 30, 2010 at 4:29 PM

I get very cold, almost numb hands during a 24 hour fast, usually after the 16th hour. Anybody have similar experiences or advice? C

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on September 01, 2010
at 10:56 AM

24 hour fasting is not uncommon at all, people. I'm shocked by how many folks found it "weird" or "extreme". If done in moderation, once a week, it promotes a lot of health benefits. The reason I posted this question is to find out if people had scientific reasons for why my extremities were cold. Thanks to the people who gave actual advice, the folks who just said "stop fasting" or "wear a sweater", not so much. This forum exists for people to share experience and hard evidence, not a peanut gallery for anonymous smart-asses.

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on August 31, 2010
at 11:55 AM

Once your leptin is no longer resistant... You won't have this problem.

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on August 30, 2010
at 11:36 PM

Once daily eating and alternating 24 hour periods are both common IF methods. Of course, just because it is common doesn't mean it is good for you, but the fact that so many people do it warrants some consideration. Unfortunately there is not much hard science around this yet!

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on August 30, 2010
at 07:57 PM

Yeah stop fasting for 24 hours. Geez people. Too many questions here are boiling down to "I'm doing something kind of weird that my body isn't used to and now I feel weird. Why?" Stop doing it, try again some other time. IF usually involves skipping meals anyway, not skipping entire DAYS.

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at 07:25 PM

stop fasting beyond 16 hours? =) Why do you feel the need to go longer than that? How often do you fast? How clean is your diet generally? How good is your sleep/stress/everything else?

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on August 30, 2010
at 08:10 PM

Quite common this issue. As suggested above - you could stop fasting. I also found eating a higher fat content pre fast helped me a bit with the same. Richard has written about this on Free The Animal too, I suggest you search his site. I believe his solution was an iodine supplement.

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on August 31, 2010
at 06:04 AM

If eating more fat does not work for you, if it was me, I would stop fasting for that long. Your body is trying to tell you something is not right. YOu should listen. How long have you been paleo? Maybe your body is just not ready for heavy fasting. It took me a few months of paleo for my metabolism to become more healthy and for skipping meals to become relatively painless. You might want to go a bit more slowly.

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on August 30, 2010
at 11:28 PM

I've been eating once/day for over a year now. I found that I used to get cold extremities a lot more when I was eating a high-protein diet, which I suspect was also hypocaloric. After switching to a high-fat diet I've had very few days of cold extremities, so that might be something to try.

I also get colder after long periods of time IFing, and I find it useful to have an occasional high-calorie day of eating two large meals instead of one (or one meal with a LOT of fat).

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on August 30, 2010
at 09:04 PM

It's normal for T3 thyroid hormone to decline in the course of a fast, try wearing a sweater.

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on August 31, 2010
at 10:56 AM

I tried Intermittent Fasting. I even ate LOTS the day before so that I had lots of food in me. Didn't help one bit. My stomach was crying out for food.

and that's the first and only time I ever intermittent fasted.

The only time I would fast (skip meals) is if I binged on something. But binging is not a healthy practice. If someone is fasting for a day and then binging the next day (as I suspect some newbies to IF may be doing) that would not be a good thing.

"FOOD! IN MY BELLY! NOW!" that's the human way :)

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on August 31, 2010
at 11:55 AM

Once your leptin is no longer resistant... You won't have this problem.

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