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intermittent fasting/lack of appetite

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 23, 2010 at 9:40 PM

hey guys, so here's my deal. i've been doing intermittent fasting for around two weeks now and i love it. i fast from 10pm until 6pm the following day. i have increased energy, focus and i don't have to worry about eating until the evening. i do drink coffee with a little whole milk during the day. not a strict fast, ok ok i know, but i'm still seeing the benefits and it works for me so i'm happy.

my problem is this: while during the first week i'd be ravenously hungry once 6pm rolled around, actually the hunger starts to creep up around 3pm,but now i find that now once 6pm comes i do eat a bit but then after one meal i'm not too hungry anymore. my meal is usually something like two pork chops with two fried eggs on top. i do usually end up eating more but i find that i'm making myself eat and that i'm not really hungry. i guess my question is, why am i not hungry after a 20hr fast? maybe since i suppress my hunger that comes on around 3pm this is what's causing my lack of hunger at 6pm?

no idea, any ideas??

5de2fffda92c0bf2be7ede10cad55546

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on November 25, 2010
at 11:56 AM

The big point is that everyone is different. This hasn't been my experience at all. I quickly went from 2-3 IF's a week to one meal a day every day. I have been tracking my calories via fitday (varies between 800 1400 a day), I train with very heavy weights 4-5 days, 2 with a trainer, and I have built significant muscle but only lost a little bodyfat. I have held calories as low as 800 cal for a week with no effect on training or bodyfat. It is slowly reducing but not as fast as I would have imagined. I am going to try very high fat for a while and see what happens.

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on November 24, 2010
at 05:15 AM

Also another great answer. This site is a great community....proud to be a part of it!

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on November 24, 2010
at 05:13 AM

Agree 100% with the above answer. The greatest benefit of IFing is to workout (run,sprint,weights) at the end of your fast......I guarantee you will eat more. It's wired in our genetics. I IFed 3 months this past summer (one big meal a day) and lost way too much weight (muscle more than fat). You absolutely have to watch your nutrients!

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on November 23, 2010
at 10:44 PM

this sounds like me, Todd. I feel great, performance is great, mentally great as well. just thought it was weird that i can go 20hrs and still feel fine..

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7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

on November 23, 2010
at 11:28 PM

I know the longer I wait to eat, the less I feel the "need" to eat. I would eat when you first feel hungry. A 17 hour fast is still a really good IF and I don't think the affects are much greater by waiting the additional 3 hours to eat.

Just make sure you are getting enough nutrition. A couple of pork chops with a couple of eggs doesn't really sound like quite enough for an entire day worth of nutrients to fuel your body.

1cbb6b2a813475d6c0b17fd5e898dc50

(1248)

on November 24, 2010
at 05:13 AM

Agree 100% with the above answer. The greatest benefit of IFing is to workout (run,sprint,weights) at the end of your fast......I guarantee you will eat more. It's wired in our genetics. I IFed 3 months this past summer (one big meal a day) and lost way too much weight (muscle more than fat). You absolutely have to watch your nutrients!

5de2fffda92c0bf2be7ede10cad55546

(1781)

on November 25, 2010
at 11:56 AM

The big point is that everyone is different. This hasn't been my experience at all. I quickly went from 2-3 IF's a week to one meal a day every day. I have been tracking my calories via fitday (varies between 800 1400 a day), I train with very heavy weights 4-5 days, 2 with a trainer, and I have built significant muscle but only lost a little bodyfat. I have held calories as low as 800 cal for a week with no effect on training or bodyfat. It is slowly reducing but not as fast as I would have imagined. I am going to try very high fat for a while and see what happens.

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on November 23, 2010
at 09:59 PM

Based on my own experience with IF-ing, the more I do it, the better / longer I can go without getting hungry.

46a50abafc820cfab9e91ada8b26148a

(152)

on November 23, 2010
at 10:44 PM

this sounds like me, Todd. I feel great, performance is great, mentally great as well. just thought it was weird that i can go 20hrs and still feel fine..

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on November 24, 2010
at 04:25 AM

I don't see a problem as long as you feel great and aren't underweight. If you don't feel the urge to pig out, then don't. Just make sure that what you do eat is nutrient dense and healthy. And enjoy the fact that your metabolism has become well adapted to fasting!

1cbb6b2a813475d6c0b17fd5e898dc50

(1248)

on November 24, 2010
at 05:15 AM

Also another great answer. This site is a great community....proud to be a part of it!

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on November 23, 2010
at 09:59 PM

I would try eating at three and then sliding back slowly to six. It sounds like you are asking your body to do something it doesn't want, so it seems like it would be a good idea to work with it rather then keep fighting it.

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