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Intermittent fasting / combination with Paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 02, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Hi there,

I am using the Paleo lifestyle for about one year and I am feeling great doing it. Although I can??t keep myself calm when it comes to food like sushi I stick to it very strong.

My body fat surely went down but I was wondering if you ever tried intermittent fasting combined with Paleo? I started yesterday, having a 1-9 schedule of eating and 9-1 of fasting.

Right now I??m good with it - only that apple in front of me is driving me crazy. ;-)

Did anyone of you ever go the way of doing IF and Paleo together? How did you do? Do you have any recommandations for me?

Thanks, mike

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on March 02, 2012
at 11:36 PM

I didn't say anything about LG=IF. Also, you were the one who brought up LC.

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on March 02, 2012
at 02:10 PM

i know leangains well. however IF is not just leangains. i hate how people say IF and automatically say leangains. i also said un-naturally high carb (as in a 400g carb chocolate cake) as opposed to a few bananas

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on March 02, 2012
at 02:06 PM

Yet LeanGains is not low-carb - it's actually VERY high carb on training days. Also, paleo is not (necessarily) low carb.

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on March 02, 2012
at 01:13 PM

Mike - Welcome to the site! Best to update your question with this comment so others will see it when answering, and so it doesn't mix in with the other answers.

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on March 02, 2012
at 09:52 AM

That would be exactly the way I´m doing it right now. Pause from 9-1 only a coffee, water and some BCAAs in the morning.

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on March 02, 2012
at 09:36 AM

As Todd Becker shows in one of his diagrams, you can keep yourself burning fat for longer with a combination of insulin management and IF. The easiest being I think is to have your last meal in the evening and fast through to lunchtime. BCAAs do not appear to interrupt autophagy and prevent muscle loss (and fatigue I find).

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on March 02, 2012
at 09:31 AM

Hi guys,

thanks for the replys.

My goals are mainly to get a little bit more lean and get rid of those lovehandles just right before the summer vacation. I know the links, kept reading the information on the pages for the last few days to get an overall information about it.

Generally, staying healthy and getting lean is my primary goal.

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on March 02, 2012
at 01:13 PM

Mike - Welcome to the site! Best to update your question with this comment so others will see it when answering, and so it doesn't mix in with the other answers.

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

(8574)

on March 02, 2012
at 09:36 AM

As Todd Becker shows in one of his diagrams, you can keep yourself burning fat for longer with a combination of insulin management and IF. The easiest being I think is to have your last meal in the evening and fast through to lunchtime. BCAAs do not appear to interrupt autophagy and prevent muscle loss (and fatigue I find).

909fab77ac004bd17a9ee958c93cfc14

(15)

on March 02, 2012
at 09:52 AM

That would be exactly the way I´m doing it right now. Pause from 9-1 only a coffee, water and some BCAAs in the morning.

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Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

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on March 02, 2012
at 09:26 AM

Hey Mike, a lot of us do either just a general IF schedule or the leangains IF schedule.

I personally do the leangains.com: Early Morning Fasted Training which I have found to be really great.

If you have never seen this gettingstronger.org: Intermittent fasting for health and longevity it is well worth watching.

What are your goals? The two links I have given you are probably the best place to start, the first being focused on strength training, the other being about general health and well-being.

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on May 16, 2013
at 01:29 AM

I've been paleo for around four months now and lost several kilos. Two weeks ago I decided to combine it with the 5:2 diet - basically eating normal paleo for 5 days and two days of eating a quarter of my normal calories. What I do eat on my two days of "fasting" is also paleo (mostly a LOT of veg). The intermittent fasting has really stepped up the weight-loss. I think intermittent fasting fits into the paleo mind set very well ie: a bit of feast, a bit of famine. While the weight loss is a really great bonus, my primary reason for doing this is to get healthier and bring down my insulin levels, which have been annoyingly stubborn. I'm hoping with the intermittent fasting, when I next do my bloods (in three months time) my insulin levels will have dropped. Fingers crossed. Good luck on your adventures.

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on March 02, 2012
at 01:41 PM

I find that Paleo and Intermittent Fasting work very well together. I do the Leangains IF protocol, though I sometimes break my fast a little later, leaving a shorter feeding window. I have not felt this good in a long time. I no longer have highs and lows. Weight is coming off of me rapidly and my strength is increasing at virtually every workout. To say that I'm pleased would be a huge understatement. I have a similar goal to get a bit leaner for summer - and then stay that way!

While eating a SAD diet, if I had skipped breakfast and not eaten until sometime in the afternoon, I would have been ravenous, unable to focus, stomach growling, weak feeling, etc. Yesterday, I went for a long hike in the middle of the day while fasting. I did not break my fast until about 3PM. I felt fine. I was ready to eat, but I did not have the old signs of hunger. If eating yesterday had not been an option, I would have survived and I would have remained clear headed and focused. It occurred to me that from an evolutionary perspective, this makes perfect sense. Food was not always readily available to people and it was important to remain clear headed so that you could find some food. Having an energy crash could have been a really bad thing for a person thousands of years ago. I feel like it's been a very cool personal experiment.

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on March 02, 2012
at 01:30 PM

IF on paleo should become super easy. (trust me :P)

because paleo is an insulin lowering way of eating, naturally this allows the body to release stored energy (adipose tissue, or fat) therefore reducing hunger.

its the bodys natural response to times of hardship. paleo or LC unlocks this.

when feasting on sugar and un-naturally high carb foods, insulin is chronically elevated, this in turn puts a big old padlock on fat cells releasing what energy you do have stored, the brain sees that glucose levels are low, and voila you get hungry quicker (and usually for more sugar/carbs) as they promote the same response.

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

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on March 02, 2012
at 11:36 PM

I didn't say anything about LG=IF. Also, you were the one who brought up LC.

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

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on March 02, 2012
at 02:06 PM

Yet LeanGains is not low-carb - it's actually VERY high carb on training days. Also, paleo is not (necessarily) low carb.

Dc77df0e0b3a7643c94ce84eb0ae1fb4

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on March 02, 2012
at 02:10 PM

i know leangains well. however IF is not just leangains. i hate how people say IF and automatically say leangains. i also said un-naturally high carb (as in a 400g carb chocolate cake) as opposed to a few bananas

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on March 02, 2012
at 09:18 AM

I've been doing IF (16 hours off, 8 hours on) for over a year, paleo for half a year. Good combination, worked well with strict paleo, and recently when I re-introduced rice and sweet potatoes and hard cheese to my diet to aid with the LeanGains carb-heavy days. I only drink water during off-hours, and train at the gym fasted three times a week lifting weights.

I've lost 20kg and am below 15% bodyfat, a bit more to go. Note that going on a LeanGains recomposition and lately cut diet accelerated the fat loss tremendously.

I didn't have any problems with the transition, but some people report that the first two weeks can be rough. Many recommend coffee and keeping one's self busy to distract from the hunger.

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