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Q: for women who are already small, how often do you IF?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 28, 2012 at 6:30 PM

and when you do, do you plan it for a workout?

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on April 29, 2012
at 04:17 AM

I have that tummy pouch as well. I am doing better on it, but it is also due to a lot of other factors. I have extreme bloating on certain foods and cutting those out helped a lot.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on April 29, 2012
at 04:17 AM

@New2paleo, I like this comment. The reason that IF works for me is that I have a tendency to binge, so limiting my meals helps tame that and keep it under control. I can understand how someone who is used to smaller meals struggling with IF and even having IF make their health worse.

0266737ea1782946902fd3f8e60fa0b9

(2504)

on April 28, 2012
at 10:45 PM

Also, my coach said that the whole30 people are encouraging folks to put a little something in their belly before a workout (a few slices of lunch meat + a little something else). I'm experimenting with this, as I've historically worked out fasted. Will keep you posted.

8b755a8d7144a1d1bc799da4a3a53ccd

on April 28, 2012
at 09:00 PM

thanks sunny. i was wondering if IF would help me lose some stubborn lower belly fat (it's subcutaneous).

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78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

on April 28, 2012
at 06:50 PM

I think you can either IF randomly so that your body doesn't expect it, or you can even do it everyday.

I don't think weight has too much to do with it (no special rule), because the point of IF is not calorie restriction, but to reduce your calories into your window. So if you start to IF, and you used to eat 5x a day, you shift the same amount of calories to something like 2x a day in your time window.

I think you can also eat the typical 3x a day and then on workout days, IF if that is what your body works better with. Some people are cranky and say they have no energy/tired on IF and don't do so well without a small snack before working out. I say just play around and see how your body reacts.

I IF everyday and it works well for me for many small reasons.

8b755a8d7144a1d1bc799da4a3a53ccd

on April 28, 2012
at 09:00 PM

thanks sunny. i was wondering if IF would help me lose some stubborn lower belly fat (it's subcutaneous).

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on April 29, 2012
at 04:17 AM

I have that tummy pouch as well. I am doing better on it, but it is also due to a lot of other factors. I have extreme bloating on certain foods and cutting those out helped a lot.

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0266737ea1782946902fd3f8e60fa0b9

(2504)

on April 28, 2012
at 10:29 PM

I have been advised to back away from the IFing, and I think the reasons make sense. I'm slim, but with a little stubborn belly fat, but I don't really like to eat (Sacrilege, I know). If you're going to IF, i think you have to be willing to eat A LOT in that time window. What I was doing was basically skipping breakfast.

So I think the point is first to make sure your body is getting everything it needs, nutrition wise, and then to consider IFing.

Just my 2c

0266737ea1782946902fd3f8e60fa0b9

(2504)

on April 28, 2012
at 10:45 PM

Also, my coach said that the whole30 people are encouraging folks to put a little something in their belly before a workout (a few slices of lunch meat + a little something else). I'm experimenting with this, as I've historically worked out fasted. Will keep you posted.

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on April 28, 2012
at 10:23 PM

IF has been brilliant for me in dropping my belly fat. I am 5'6", 125 lbs.

I tend to eat from 9 to 5, sometimes shifting the times, depending on my schedule/activities, but mostly eating in an 8 hour window on a daily basis.

As Sunny Beaches pointed out, IF doesn't need to mean calorie restriction, but for those of us with very little to lose, it makes creating a calorie deficit much easier.

So don't try to maintain calories (or even count them, if you don't need to.) Just eat when hungry during your eating window, and stop eating at each meal when you are tiny bit less than full.

ETA: I don't recommend IF until you have been dialing in your nutrition for at least 6 months. A nutrient-depleted body does not drop body fat easily.

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E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

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on April 29, 2012
at 04:11 AM

Very rarely. I don't have much of an appetite on paleo, and I find it hard to get enough calories. I experimented with skipping breakfast for a few weeks because I'd heard so many good things about IF-ing, and I wanted some of those mood and energy benefits, but I had a harder time eating and digesting more food in a smaller window. So, for me, no IF for now. (Same stats as Dragonfly, 5'6" and usually between 122 and 126).

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on April 29, 2012
at 04:17 AM

@New2paleo, I like this comment. The reason that IF works for me is that I have a tendency to binge, so limiting my meals helps tame that and keep it under control. I can understand how someone who is used to smaller meals struggling with IF and even having IF make their health worse.

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