I just IFed for the first time. I've played with full on fast and juice fasting in the past, but this is my first time doing any kind of fasting while on a paleo diet. The fasting period was no problem. 18 hours of not eating was cake. It was even a little bit relaxing. However, after words, I haven't been able to shake the feeling of hunger. I ate about an 900 calorie lunch (coconut oil, sardines, sausage, starch and some fruit) and then drank a can of coconut milk and just threw a hundred grams of starch down the hatch with some avocado. I'm going to go work out and then down a pound of ground beef with pan fried potatoes and spinach. What do you make of this?
asked byNo_more_ (5242)
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on April 02, 2011
at 07:43 AM
in short, what you describe is why I try to always break a fast with a low carb meal.
Your body has been running on ketones for a while, and you shock it with sugar... starch and fruit, its going to be understandably pissed as it tries to quickly shock your system back over to sugar burning mode with a bolus of insulin. This extra insulin is likely compounding by an insulin resistant situation, resulting in low blood sugar, resulting in ravenous hunger...
Now over time, IFing often, this effect will be seriously blunted, as your system becomes more used to and efficient at making that transition back and forth.
on April 02, 2011
at 03:00 AM
This just happened to me! I was going to post a question about it because I thought it was a premenstrual thing. Good to know that it's not - unless Andrew is a girl's name?
It was an interesting hunger - my stomach wasn't growling and I didn't feel lightheaded but I just wanted to eat EVERYTHING. It wasn't even a particular craving - there was just something in me saying "EAT MORE." Because of the premenstrual thing I indulged a bit - I ate two tubs (probably a litre in total) of gelato in one sitting. Didn't even feel full.
Next time I'm going to be prepared and have much more meat around.
on March 31, 2011
at 02:14 AM
I try to get ALL of my daily caloric needs in the window between 11am and 8pm every day. This is a loose guide that changes all the time, but I try to get all three meals in if I can. It doesn't happen when I miss a workout day because I'm just not hungry, but on days where I lift heavy I may get well over 3000 calories in during my window. I'll have breakfast at noon, lunch at 3, and dinner at 7. I also try to drink at least a gallon of water a day.
I kind of like the hunger. It makes the meals just so much better tasting. I earned them.
on April 05, 2011
at 08:25 PM
I'm guessing it's a little psychosomatic response to your one IF attempt.
I IF with an 18hr window somewhere between 6-7pm and noonish a few times/week. I train first before I break fast. Working out, for me anyway, acts as an appetite suppressant and I can eat a normal meal and not gorge within an hour after I train.
on April 02, 2011
at 02:32 AM
Eat until you feel really really full. I have been doing that and in the process am learning a lot more about when I am actually hungry, and how long in fact I can go before feeling the need to eat again. Getting myself really full was the key to learning about my appetite. And feeling reaaly full of good paleo food is somehow deeply satisfying.
on April 06, 2011
at 06:42 PM
Patience is key. You won't get a sugar spike from a paleo meal, so you won't feel immediately full unless you eat so much that you physically stretch your stomach lining, which I wouldn't advocate.
Eat a typical meal slowly and wait an hour. Then adjust as needed.