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When does Intermittent Fasting no longer become "intermittent?"

Answered on January 12, 2015
Created February 12, 2010 at 8:18 PM

I've been finding that I'm thriving on a small eating window of 6-10 pm every day, and thus fasting for 20 hours between 10pm and 6pm the next day.

Now and then I have lunch or an early dinner, so I'm not doing this 7 days a week. However, at some point this no longer becomes "intermittent."

When?

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on February 19, 2010
at 02:15 PM

I am not hungry during the day, except around 2pm ish, which usually passes. I am working on fat loss. I'm at 195 (down from 240+) and have a goal of 175 or so. As far as what I eat, it's generally a very fatty piece of meat/steak with lots of added butter, fat, coconut milk, etc. along with a salad of some sort. After the main meal I usually have some homemade sushi (nori, mayo, chili sauce, roast beef, and some greens). So, what I don't eat in volume, I make up for with calorie dense fats.

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on February 18, 2010
at 04:32 AM

And does it ever lose it's value as intermittent if you're always doing it?

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on February 15, 2010
at 02:35 PM

Are you not hungry at the other times? Is this how you are usually or are you giong "hard core" or working on weight/fat loss? I'm researching how to IF and your style is the kinda of extreme (no judgement just beyond my interest and findings thus far). I'm VERY interested to hear what people have to say. And you. Out of curiosity, what do you eat during your "eating window". Is is a feast?

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on February 13, 2010
at 06:54 AM

Interesting. Since you have started doing that how have your weight and sleep been affected?

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on February 12, 2010
at 08:27 PM

That's fine. Some people (like me) do that. Take a look at the "Fast-5 Diet" and "The Warrior Diet".

Personally, I eat only one meal per day, at about 7:30-8:00, 6 days a week. On Saturday, I give myself a "rest day" and end up eating two meals

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

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on February 13, 2010
at 06:54 AM

Interesting. Since you have started doing that how have your weight and sleep been affected?

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

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on February 18, 2010
at 04:32 AM

And does it ever lose it's value as intermittent if you're always doing it?

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on April 04, 2011
at 12:02 AM

I think what you are asking is "If I am fasting most every day until my one late meal, then when does this constant practice cease being called "intermittent".

If you are asking this, then it is always going to be intermittent fasting, because intermittent here refers to you not fasting for days-and-days on end.

That would be extended fasting.

Wikipedia has a pretty good overview: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fasting

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on February 12, 2010
at 08:47 PM

Also if extended to over 2-3 days, becoming a full fast, with fully developed ketosis/protein sparing/disappearance of appetite and numerous metabolic adaptations.

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on January 12, 2015
at 07:20 AM

"Fasting" is essentially, "Whenever you're not actively eating." 

For most medical procedures, they consider the fasting window to begin 8 hours after your last meal, which is why diabetics going in for blood sugar tests at the doctor can't eat for at least 8 hours beforehand. Some places recommend 9-12 hours. 

Regardless, if you're only fasting "the right way" 5-6 days per week, you're still reaping massive health benefits. I wouldn't sweat the small stuff. 

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