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Opinions on IF?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 06, 2012 at 10:29 PM

In the winter I IF'ed every day 16-18 hours so I had a 6-8 eating window with 2 meals and no snacks. My body was in hibernation mode so I found it effortless. But now with summer having rolled around things have changed with my body and I found that 16 hour fast unbearable. Now I do more of an "eat when hungry" approach which equates to 2 meals still but about 10 hours apart, sometimes 12. And if I snack it is usually pure fat. Anyways I feel better having switched this up. How do you IF? Do you switch your style at different times of the year? Do you IF at all? Thanks for any feedback!

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on July 07, 2012
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I agree! I'm a huge fan of 'Eat when hungry, stop when full.' IF isn't about calorie restriction for me. It's about listening to my body and going with the flow. However I'm the opposite. I tend to fast a lot more during the summer when its too hot to eat sometimes!

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on July 07, 2012
at 01:39 AM

Funny how IF, especially the LG style, has gotten so popular with people on these boards. LG IFing is a specific tool for a specific goal but so many general people have adopted it as a way of life.

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on July 07, 2012
at 12:56 AM

My view on IF is that 1) it's "intermittent" not "scheduled"; that is, if I miss lunch or dinner because I'm busy, then that's a fast and because I'm metabolically adjusted, it's not the end of the world to miss a meal and 2) you should only do it if it's easy; by that, I mean, it should add no stress (mental or physical) to your life or it undoes the work. If you found it effortless in the winter to fast everyday, then go for it. If you're more active (and getting lots of sun which makes me hungry!) in the summer, then eat when you're hungry. IF isn't magic, and it's only a small tweak compared to the changes other things can do. So once you've got everything else in line, go give IF a try, but don't do it if it's hard.

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on July 07, 2012
at 04:02 AM

I agree! I'm a huge fan of 'Eat when hungry, stop when full.' IF isn't about calorie restriction for me. It's about listening to my body and going with the flow. However I'm the opposite. I tend to fast a lot more during the summer when its too hot to eat sometimes!

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on July 07, 2012
at 05:29 AM

I prefer week-long fasts (veggie juice/sea salt allowed) over IF. If I attempted to do 16 hour fasts, I'd probably end up eating less than 1500 calories a day.

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on July 07, 2012
at 12:11 AM

Just started primal this winter. I grew into an IF window of 18 hours eating from 2-8 pm. I wasn't enslaved to that exact time but varied a bit around those windows. Now with summer, I started feeling hungry within 90 minutes or so after waking. I figure my signals have had time to get healthy and so I should listen to my hunger and cravings (keeping paleo of course)

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on July 06, 2012
at 11:49 PM

I used to do it but have stopped now. I train in the mornings and I want to eat after training. I could make my window from around 7am-3pm but that wouldn't really work for me.

I didn't mind doing it with my window from 12-8pm, but I didnt really see any special effects.

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on July 06, 2012
at 10:43 PM

I'm definitely a fan of the LeanGains style of IF. With that said, I sometimes will drag my fast out to 20-24 hours if work/play conflicts with my previously planned meal times. Also, as far as the summer vs. winter bodily changes go, I agree with you. In an evolutionary sense, food (particularly fruit) would have been more readily available in the summer which would facilitate more frequent and regular feedings. On a personal level, nothing beats coming home from a summer morning at the beach (South Florida dweller) covered in salt/sand and ever tanner with some fish and a mound of fruit on the way.

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