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intermittent daily fasting weight loss question

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 19, 2011 at 6:09 PM

A couple of weeks ago i was a 36inch waist, I started daily fasting my last meal being a 5pm and start eating again at noon or 1pm every day, i managed to get down to 34inches in a week now im stuck. i want to get to 32inches, 33inches is suitable but its not shifting like it did first time.

So i incorporated 2 24hour fasting periods starting after dinner 5pm till next day 5pm, but it still hasnt shifted. a few nights ago i noticed i went back up to 35inches so i ate a last meal at 9pm and i have fasted so far 3 nights, this post being on the 3rd night 72 hours. I am now down to 34 and a half inches. For some reason im not feeling hungry at all but i know i should be hungry after 3 days of not eating. (i have not fasted this long before) Im only drinking water and green tea but my waist line should have moved more then it has right?

Although im not hungry and could fast another couple of days, should i stop now and eat and resume intermittent fasting tomorrow or the next day (Depending when i get a reply to this question) Or should i fast my way down to my desired waist line then resume intermittent fasting?

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on March 19, 2011
at 09:37 PM

@Kev, I'm sorry my comments were a bit presumptuous. Be patient, and progress will come. Best of luck,

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on March 19, 2011
at 08:43 PM

Thanks for the response, I thought maybe i was going abit fast. I only asked so many about fasting because thats the one area im having trouble with even though i have read alot about it. im reviewing and changing my workout routine, so i wanted to get my eating habits nailed first and wanted all the information i could on fasting. My first screen name choice was Kev;) with a smiley face after my name but i weren't allowed it. and since i had questions on fasting put that in instead.

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6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

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on March 19, 2011
at 07:54 PM

@Kev,

First of all, you should probably stop your fast now. Fasting more than 72 hours can cause you to lose muscle mass along with the fat.

Secondly, 2 weeks is too short a time to get reliable waistline trends. Short term fluctuations in your waist measurement are common, and can be caused by hydration/fluid shifts, changes in glycogen stores, time of day, etc. Bodyfat estimates can detect long term trends, and are best done infrequently (maybe once per week). Always measure your waist at the same time of day. You can correlate your waist measurement with other trends, such as impedence scales and calipers. See this previous thread for some great information about tracking your bodyfat.

Finally, I feel that you may be fixated a bit too much on fasting vs. the rest of your lifestyle. You've asked 3 questions today related to fasting, and it's also right there in your screen name (note: original screen name was "fasting Kev"). You haven't mentioned the content of your diet and workouts at all. Try to balance your intermittent fasting with the rest of your program, including a paleoish diet, brief intense workouts, enjoyable leisure activities and plenty of rest. You will eventually meet your fat loss goals, but it will take more than 2 weeks.

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

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on March 19, 2011
at 09:37 PM

@Kev, I'm sorry my comments were a bit presumptuous. Be patient, and progress will come. Best of luck,

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 19, 2011
at 08:43 PM

Thanks for the response, I thought maybe i was going abit fast. I only asked so many about fasting because thats the one area im having trouble with even though i have read alot about it. im reviewing and changing my workout routine, so i wanted to get my eating habits nailed first and wanted all the information i could on fasting. My first screen name choice was Kev;) with a smiley face after my name but i weren't allowed it. and since i had questions on fasting put that in instead.

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on March 20, 2011
at 06:13 PM

In my experience, intermittent fasting is best used as a delicate optometrist's screwdriver rather than a blacksmith's hammer (if you get my analogy). While I think a 24 hour fast is fine once or twice a week, a 72 hour fast is a little excessive. I think what you were doing originally is fine, however you need to give it some time. Let it just become part of your routine. The weight loss will then sneak up on you

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