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I need some techniques on maintaining my fast

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 23, 2011 at 7:57 PM

This isn't the usual???"IF is hard, I'm so hungry, how do I go on living" post. I LOVE intermittent fasting. I love the control (I know, I'm mental), and I love the feeling of clarity that I have in my fasting window.

My current routine:

  • Wake at 5 am
  • 10g BCAA just before heading out to crossfit before 6am
  • 10g BCAA after
  • 10g BCAA at 10am
  • first meal at noon
  • second meal at 5-5:30
  • last meal before 8pm

One problem that comes up over and over: Eating too big of a second meal (which is "dinner" for my family) is easy to do.

If I eat too much, I don't get in my third meal, which makes me ravenous at about 10am the next day. Usually I can stick it out, but some days the hunger is mentally disruptive (especially on a workout day)-and not to mention, losing a whole meal is too much of a calorie deficit for my fitness goals.

I never know if it's best to suck it up, or listen to my body and eat (and subsequently adjust my fast the rest of the day).

Thanks, Hackers!

030167d1516b20d4a79f326dded608b0

on October 24, 2011
at 10:14 PM

Awesome,thank you!

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on October 24, 2011
at 05:21 AM

I've always though that eating three meals kinda defeats the purpose of IFing. I just eat one meal ~8-9pm, whenever I get back from the gym, and that's it. Plus, I'm too lazy to cook three meals.

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

(10255)

on October 23, 2011
at 09:46 PM

what do you typically eat for that one meal?

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on October 24, 2011
at 12:48 AM

I eat two meals a day and the times change depending on my schedule. I try to stick to a 6-8 hour eating window and it's been working really well.

The timing of post-workout meals is not as rigid as you may have read--your body will get what it needs. Check out Johnny's blog The Lean Saloon.

030167d1516b20d4a79f326dded608b0

on October 24, 2011
at 10:14 PM

Awesome,thank you!

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40449b985898b088a64660b40f329f0f

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on October 23, 2011
at 11:51 PM

My routine is almost identical to yours except I try to eat my second meal at around 2:30 p.m. I find that I am hungrier around that time of the day as opposed to a bit later and then I can eat dinner between 6-8. For me, eating that second meal at 5:30 is too late if I want to eat again (which I do!)

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3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on October 23, 2011
at 11:46 PM

You could just work on a more organic method..... Less counting and timing. Sure do some IF, but do it intermittently when you feel like it. Sure go hungry a bit, but don't exactly make it mandatory at a specific time or place. Randomness was a huge part of our ancestors life and in my viewpoint we don't embrace it nearly enough. We micromanage nutrients, eating windows, sleep, and on and on. If you are anywhere near healthy try to take cues from your body as to what to do.

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Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on October 23, 2011
at 08:11 PM

It kind of sounds like you answered your own question: eat less for meal #2...that way you don't have to decide whether or not to eat when you're not hungry before eight, and you'll be fine in the morning. If your body has gotten used to you over eating for that meal, it may just take a bit of an adjustment period for eating less to feel normal.

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on October 23, 2011
at 08:28 PM

I'm not making a recommendation, but want to share that I wound up going with one large meal in late morning. Doing so allowed me to have a nice large meal, which is important for me as I have a large appetite, and eliminated the awkward eat/not eat questions later in the day. I don't get hungry later in the day and wake up the next morning feeling lean but not starved.

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(10255)

on October 23, 2011
at 09:46 PM

what do you typically eat for that one meal?

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