Intermittent Fasting - doing it without trying?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 22, 2012 at 2:42 PM

I have just embarked on the Paleo way of life and it's going ok so far, I think, aside from the tiredness. I have been at it for 3 weeks now and I think I am leaning out; I have gone up on the scales but I think I can see some definition coming through so we'll see. My question is more to do with IF. I rarely get hungry nowadays, more lacking in energy and as a result I am only eating 2 meals a day. Normally I would wake up and have coffee or 2 with coconut cream or oil and that satisfies me until around 12 noon or 1pm when I would eat a high fat and protein meal with low carb value veggies like salad or broccoli/cauliflower/brussel sprout/cabbage medley. Dinner would be the same and would normally be around 6/7/8 but I would rarely eat beyond 8 and never after 9. I go to bed aorund 11pm/midnight and rise at 8am/9am (I am a PhD student writing up so am flexible on time and ability to cook when I want). I exercise 3 times a week and it's a mix of weights, sprints and occasional 5k runs.

Am I intermittently fasting? If so, is this bad to be doing it all the time? I eat when I am hungry and until I am full....

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on October 22, 2012
at 02:58 PM

Sounds like you have a perfectly flexible and healthy relationship with your body and the food that fuels it. No need to add complexity or labels beyond that. Eating when hungry is not a problem at all.

But since you asked...By strict definition the coconut cream/oil is likely enough of a calorie spike to count as not being truly fasted through the morning, especially if you have 2 - of course will depend on the amount. Certainly from bed to coffee you are fasted, but then again so is everyone, unless you are sleep eating...

Intermittent fasting is not a bad thing at all, it likely more closely reflects how our physiology is meant to respond to food and feeding, it only becomes a problem when it causes issues like binge eating or forces you to conform to a protocol that your life does not suit.

As I started with, in general, I think there is nothing at all the matter with the way you eat and your relationship with food so why mess with it if you're happy, healthy, and seeing the progress you want to be seeing?


on October 29, 2012
at 10:02 PM

I certainly eat similarly to you, however I have my coffee black, then work out fasted and then start eating around 1 cos I have to go straight to work after that and that's lunch. yeah, skip the creme and see what you can do to make your coffee taste better without that. I brew mine drip. Really love the bitter taste of good strong coffee.

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