intermittent fasting,/working out hungry in the evening

Answered on December 21, 2013
Created December 21, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Hi I have had really great results with intermittent fasting concerning my hardcore IBS. Nothing helps better than just having one meal in the evening, which is why I wanna make it a habit. My trouble now is, that I work in the morning and come home at around 3-5. I would love to go to the gym then, because I really need to loose weight, but I can??t because I feel hungry. I choose hunger over cramps/pain and diaarhea anytime so when I work this does not bother me but I can??t work out like that. I can only work out in the morning on weekends. My question now is if you can get used to at some point to not being hungry until something like 7 so I can still work out before? I am not doing so good if I have a meal at 3 and go to the gym at 6. IS anyone doing this? I mean eating nothing, getting through a workout and then indulge?

  • 5234c33adc7ec95843efbbf40c1d9ce1

    asked by

  • Views
  • Last Activity
    1698D AGO
Frontpage book

Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!

3 Answers



on December 21, 2013
at 10:55 PM

I had a similar problem at my previous job. I was fasting from 8PM until around 1-2PM the next day. My first meal would be lunch. I would workout after work, around 6. Then eat meal post-workout, and be done until lunch the next day. Worked for me, gave me good results, and it wasn't very difficult for me to get into that routine.

I wasn't working out in a fasted state, but given my schedule, I was doing the best I could. And it worked pretty well.


on December 21, 2013
at 09:33 PM

If you don't want to eat lunch, at least have a snack 2-3 hours before your evening workout and you'll feel a lot calmer and stronger before dinner. Whenever I do 1 meal a day, I'm just ravenous and rushing to get in my dinner, so my workout is always compromised.


on December 21, 2013
at 01:03 PM

Maybe give it a little time (think months), and once your bowel is recovered, you'll be able to eat a little before going to the gym, and then have a proper meal when you come back.

I experienced IBS like symptoms from teenagehood till my 30's. It progressively went away after 1) a change of job; 2) a housemove; 3) 12 months of experimenting with intermittent fasting and running; 4) joining a gym and starting aerobic/step/pilates classes as well as using the various machines; 5) switching to a paleo diet. I still get symptoms when I have cheat meals, when I have my periods, when I am sleep deprived, or when I am stressed at work. However they are much milder and more manageable than in the past and they do not linger for days and weeks.

I am currently reading Dr Gershon's 'The Second Brain' which deals with research into the enteric nervous system, and possible applications to treating functional bowel disorders. Serotonin would be 1of the neurotransmitters that would be targeted, so you could imagine what a goldmine this woudl be for Big Pharma! I am really happy that I have managed to get rid of that IBS with just changes to my lifestyle. It did take a lot of time though :)

Answer Question

Get FREE instant access to our
Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!