on March 05, 2012
at 12:21 PM
If you IF to lose weight, make the checklist first.
Checklist for IF, in my humble opinion-
- Do you have thyroid or chronic fatigue symptoms, or meds for these?
- Are you doing this out of desperation? (for obese, not meant for gym types desperate to drop the last half point in body fat!)
- Do you have a history of yo-yo dieting?
- Is your energy low or you wake up tired?
- Are you doing leptin reset one month and IF the next? If so, try not to be so trendy! Next month you will be carb-loading with the elite!
- Are you putting pressure on yourself to make this work? (Let it come to you, don't force it.)
Overall, it would be nuts to say that humans are not equipped to IF. Nature provides. But, Paleo theorists always talk about the ideal human, and Paleo drs talk about real humans now.
I try and look at these memes through that lens. These sites are a mix of advice for the ideal human (or the very robust and fit Paleo leader) and people with a lot of problems, often serious, and they are just looking for help and picking up advice they don't need at the time.
The recent swing in carbs upward is like this I think. The longer you do Paleo and refine it as a fit person, the more you figure out how to add some carbs. Wow, all of a sudden, the fit folks are all about more carbs. Always read the fine print, if there even is any!
on March 05, 2012
at 04:25 PM
I have a history of binge eating and there were many warnings that I shouldn't try IF. BUT, when I thought about it I realized the only time in my adult life I didn't struggle with binge impulses was when I just ate 1 meal per day for 6 months (and lost 50 pounds.) When I reached my goal weight I found I was pregnant and went back to eating "normally" and that was the beginning of my yo-yo pattern. I temporarily lost the weight several more times on 2-3 meals per day but always succumbed to binge eating at some point.
I can see that IF won't work for all binge eaters because we all have different life stories and therefore different binge triggers. But, despite all the warnings about IF I decided to try it and I LOVE it. All my binge cravings went away and they only return under extreme stress. It's very clear to me that my natural eating pattern is once per day and forcing myself to eat more often because CW says I should is self-destructive for me.
My answer to this question is, if you eat a huge breakfast and don't eat until you have true hunger pangs (meaning your stomach is complaining, not your brain) the intervals between hunger will either drift farther apart over the course of a week or so until you are in an IF pattern OR they won't. If they don't, IF isn't for you. If they do and you feel wonderful, welcome to IF!
on March 05, 2012
at 01:57 PM
I think IF should be seen as more of a spectrum than a yes/no. Relatively few people people need to eat every few hours, to the point of waking up at night to eat. Very few people need to eat less frequently than every 48hrs. So that is, all things considered, a very narrow window. You might fall closer to every 3-4hrs, you might fall closer to 48hrs, but for most(not all) people, there's not a bright line in there. Not only does it depend on the person, it also depends on a huge amount of variables for each person at every given time. If someone is interested in IF, there's no reason not to ease into it. By doing so, they can determine where on the spectrum they fall.
People with compromised health, and/or under the care of a doctor should either not IF or do so with consultation and very carefully. Anyone who is not near peak condition should approach changes to IF, or any other lifestyle factor, with reasonable deliberation and caution.