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Whats the most practical and effective way to fast?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 03, 2013 at 8:32 AM

I haven't given IF (intermittent fasting) a proper go yet, mostly because of my lifestyle, lots of uni, with work in between, both require me to be mentally switched on and both can be physically demanding at times.

I've watched Eat, Fast, Live Longer which talks about a couple of different methods, eg. 3 day fast every couple of weeks, or 1 day fast once a week.

A friend of mine has an interesting method, where he has an eating window of about 6 hours every day, outside of the window he doesn't eat.

Currently I only eat when I'm hungry, if I'm not I just skip the meal, but I'll usually have that meal later on, or I'll snack later in the day.

I'd like to take on a more measured and controlled IF method, that is practical in every day life, yet is effective in keeping me lean and has all the cellular repairing benefits.

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on January 03, 2013
at 09:47 AM

The longer you practice paleo the fewer meals you may feel you need and certainly snacking should go down. I practice daily fasting in the sense that I only eat once a day in the evening. I also have a busy 'academic' job and exercise regime and yet experience absolutely no problems with alertness, concentration etc. If anything the opposite. Eating the way I do has made me realise how doped I felt before after eating each of my three daily meals. The 20/4 daily meal pattern also mimics the likely meal pattern of our ancestors who were likely to have to spent a great part of the day foraging/hunting for food before being able to consume any and share it with the family group. Similar eating patterns are seen in modern day hunter gatherers. Some Tribesmen in the South African deserts only eat once every THREE days! I msut warn you that daily fasting as I practice does NOT lead to weight loss so if you are overweight you should consider weekly all day fasts as recommended in the BBC program you mention. The jury however remains out as to whether adopting this type of calorie restriction/fasting regime so late in life can really increase life span. It will however have positive effects of your health within a few weeks especially so if when you do eat you stick to healthy paleo style foods and steer well clear of junk! Good luck

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on January 03, 2013
at 02:53 PM

I don't agree with alot of DeVany paleo approaches anymore, but his concept of fasting i think is great. Random, fast when you're forced to. PH's wisdom dictates not to stress a stressed system so diet and sleep should be in check before applying much fasting

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on January 03, 2013
at 02:27 PM

I guess it depends person to person. I have tried various forms of fasting, from 24hours 2*week all the way up to eating once a day. All worked well, but the one that has stuck long term is daily 16hour fasts. I basically eat two meals(1&7pm).

I haven't given IF (intermittent fasting) a proper go yet, mostly because of my lifestyle, lots of uni, with work in between, both require me to be mentally switched on and both can be physically demanding at times

You'll be surprised at the amount of work you can get done, while being on a fast. Of course it does it take time to get use to, but once you pass the initial transition,at least for me, productivity flows.

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on January 03, 2013
at 04:12 PM

I have a harder time not fasting than I do fasting. Ketosis kills hunger and I'm on a long-term ketogenic diet. I will never understand how some people can eat 5-6 meals a day. Who has time for that?

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