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IF scheduling...important or not?

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Created February 21, 2011 at 4:07 PM

I have been doing a casual form of IF simply by not eating when I am not hungry, which usually gives me an IF time of 12 to 16 hours, usually about two or three times per week. Lately I've begun to wonder about what a more formal approach would be like, so I would like to hear about the experiences some of you have had with IF. Do you approach it formally or informally, and why?

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on February 22, 2011
at 05:01 PM

Sounds like IF to me.

1acc4ee9381d9a8d998b59915b3f997e

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on February 22, 2011
at 02:12 PM

Thanks, James...I will give working out while fasting a try :)

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on February 21, 2011
at 06:44 PM

I never, ever thought I'd be able to until it happened the first time. I was amazed at how normal I felt. Good luck!

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on February 21, 2011
at 06:44 PM

I never, ever thought I'd be able to until it happened the first time. I was amazed at how normal I felt. Good ljuck!

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on February 21, 2011
at 05:36 PM

I don't do well with regimens, either.

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on February 21, 2011
at 05:07 PM

I'm going to work on extending my IF time. I'm curious to see if I can go 24 hours without eating, just as a self-experiment.

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on February 21, 2011
at 04:44 PM

I would consider this IF, yes, and a very natural way to do it as well.

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7e1064164e012a1ead098098245b1cd4

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on February 21, 2011
at 04:22 PM

I guess I approach it formally in that I only eat dinner, however I ended up doing this very informally - it just kind of happened! I started skipping breakfast intentionally and then just having lunch and dinner, but due to a stressful couple of weeks at work found myself just eating a bigger dinner. This really suits me and I love being able to get up in the mornings and get on with my day without having to worry about breakfast or lunch. I sometimes have lunch on weekends with friends but generally speaking fast from dinner to dinner. I do also occasionally have coconut milk in my coffee in the mornings but most days do not consume anything other than water / black coffee until dinner at around 6pm.

I think a 'natural' fast regime like you have is wonderful, and probably makes the most sense. I am used to fasting ~24hrs but if you are comfortable with fasting 12-16hrs and you do not feel hungry then I would stick with it.

7e1064164e012a1ead098098245b1cd4

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on February 21, 2011
at 06:44 PM

I never, ever thought I'd be able to until it happened the first time. I was amazed at how normal I felt. Good luck!

1acc4ee9381d9a8d998b59915b3f997e

(2099)

on February 21, 2011
at 05:07 PM

I'm going to work on extending my IF time. I'm curious to see if I can go 24 hours without eating, just as a self-experiment.

7e1064164e012a1ead098098245b1cd4

(1217)

on February 21, 2011
at 06:44 PM

I never, ever thought I'd be able to until it happened the first time. I was amazed at how normal I felt. Good ljuck!

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4ebe345400fa2663483d40b0d4c25663

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on February 22, 2011
at 05:40 AM

Take advantage of your fasted window and work out. It is amazing to do in a fasted state as you will see your strength increase, ability to run farther and faster increase, etc. I would suggest some BCAA's just before any heavy lifting. You will see weight loss and muscle gain.

1acc4ee9381d9a8d998b59915b3f997e

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on February 22, 2011
at 02:12 PM

Thanks, James...I will give working out while fasting a try :)

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on February 21, 2011
at 04:25 PM

I've been IFing for the past couple of months. Generally using an eating window of between noon and 7:00 PM, give or take. I do that Monday through Friday and go more with where the day takes me on the weekends. I "schedule" it insofar as I always eat after I go to the gym, which happens to be at about noon every work day. I eat when I get home, which is about 6:00 most days.

The key for me is flexibility and lack of regimen. I like the ebb and flow of hunger and energy and enjoy the fact I'm not chained to food or meal times.

1acc4ee9381d9a8d998b59915b3f997e

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on February 21, 2011
at 05:36 PM

I don't do well with regimens, either.

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on February 21, 2011
at 04:15 PM

When I do fast, it's planned and I know when I am going to eat. Mentally, that's easier for me. If I ate when I got "hungry" I'd never actually fast.

I only fast about once a month or so though, so I am not your typical IFer.

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on February 22, 2011
at 04:58 PM

Helen, I do not know if scheduling IF is that important. What you do right now resembles what I do too. I just listen to my body. If I wake up withouth hunger then I skip breakfast. I am yet to try a 24 hour fast. Good luck when you do!

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on February 21, 2011
at 04:41 PM

There were times I just didn't get hungry after a good lunch so I skipped dinners couple times until the next day breakfast. It only happened during weekends so far and usually over weekends I have breakfast a little late (around 9am or so)..not sure if it'd considered as IF?

A5ead9de259ae72f2165ecb12f4ae764

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on February 22, 2011
at 05:01 PM

Sounds like IF to me.

7e1064164e012a1ead098098245b1cd4

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on February 21, 2011
at 04:44 PM

I would consider this IF, yes, and a very natural way to do it as well.

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