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Can someone explain to me like I'm five-years-old how intermittent fasting works?

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Created September 30, 2011 at 4:21 AM

I would like to understand the concept more!

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on October 06, 2011
at 01:39 PM

I don't think she is a doll. Dolls don't post online, also they aren't living things.

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on October 06, 2011
at 01:37 PM

is it a reddit thing? IS IT??

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on October 01, 2011
at 12:38 PM

it's a reddit thing.

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on October 01, 2011
at 01:09 AM

I'd love to meet the five year old who could make sense of that.

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on September 30, 2011
at 10:05 PM

Amberlie, I dont think that you do not need to IF at your age!

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on September 30, 2011
at 07:41 PM

OMG is that a real picture of you Amberlie? If yes.. you're a doll. As for the question, I will let others answer this one. leangains.com has some interesting info. and I know Quilt says that you shouldn't IF unless your Leptin signaling is working and in good order (you shouldn't if you are leptin resistant).

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on September 30, 2011
at 01:32 PM

don't eat for 16 hours, then eat two or three meals during the next 8 hours. Repeat this.

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on September 30, 2011
at 01:14 PM

As concept understanding, its OK, but at your age, DO NOT DO IT!

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on September 30, 2011
at 01:11 PM

Definitely. http://www.diehardindian.com/news/news0707.htm#Guinness

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on September 30, 2011
at 12:04 PM

Do five year olds understand pseudocode? :)

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on September 30, 2011
at 06:58 PM

IF is a simple concept. You basically go between 2 states: Feeding state, and the fasted state. The fasted state is longer than your feeding state. Actual time in each state varies. Some people fast for 24 hours, others do 16/8. The exact number do not matter as much.

Most people do not include non-caloric (or at least very low caloric) drinks as breaking the fast, so someone might have a cup a coffee in their fasted state and that would be okay.

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on September 30, 2011
at 05:29 AM

Like you're five?

No soup for you!

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on October 01, 2011
at 12:38 PM

it's a reddit thing.

D1728f99db66ff91d695a6df5cd38b02

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on October 06, 2011
at 01:37 PM

is it a reddit thing? IS IT??

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on September 30, 2011
at 07:56 AM

IF v1.0

if Time between 12h & 16h then
   EAT
 else
   PLAY 

IF v1.1 - bug fix

if Time between 12h & 16h then
   EAT
 else
   PLAY; NO FOOD AND SOFT DRINK INCLUDING GAMES.

1ec4e7ca085b7f8d5821529653e1e35a

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on September 30, 2011
at 12:04 PM

Do five year olds understand pseudocode? :)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on September 30, 2011
at 01:11 PM

Definitely. http://www.diehardindian.com/news/news0707.htm#Guinness

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on September 30, 2011
at 07:44 PM

Do you want to know how to do it? Or what is happening in your body when you do it?

If it's the former, others have answered it already - reserve about 8ish hours of the day where you're allowed to eat and have no food or caloric drinks outside of that window. The most common is to only eat between noon and 8pm, as that give you a good chunk of your fasting while sleeping.

If you want to know what happens - here's the five-year-old explanation... Throughout your day proteins in your cell break down and become useless waste products just floating around. Normally your body will ignore them and they'll build up. But in periods of fasting, your body isn't getting any new food so it decides to recycle the damaged proteins which cleans up the waste lying around. The 16-hour fast is generally ideal because if you go longer you start to "recycle" muscle instead of just the waste products.

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on September 30, 2011
at 04:55 AM

For me it is not worrying about eating on a fixed shedule. If I miss lunch that is OK. If I get home and dinner does not happen until 9 PM that is OK. For me it means freedom from snacking during the day and even before or after dinner.

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on October 01, 2011
at 01:09 AM

I'd love to meet the five year old who could make sense of that.

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on September 30, 2011
at 11:47 PM

This is an article on the leangains site about stubborn body fat, but it has very useful information when trying to understand what is happening inside your body while fasting:

http://www.leangains.com/2010/06/intermittent-fasting-and-stubborn-body.html

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