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Weight gain with fasting?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created May 21, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Alright, I'm befuddled and I'm hoping you guys can help. I've been mostly following the paleo diet for a while. My initial weight loss was easy and steady. I'm sure a part of it was just taking out the wheat, which I'm sensitive to, but I also just feel so much better (I'm sure I'm preaching to the choir on how good Paleo is to our bodies).

Then I started on IF and experimented with it. Eventually I became pretty comfortable skipping breakfast and lunch, and eating dinner. Then suddenly the weight loss stopped, even increased. I used to be able to lose 1-2 pounds a week by adding a couple of days worth of IF (skipping breakfast and lunch). Now it doesn't do anything. Is it possible that my metabolism is slowing when I fast? Or could it be something else?

Thanks!

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on May 22, 2012
at 02:42 PM

DITTO. Very similar pattern for me.

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on May 22, 2012
at 04:40 AM

"so we can all offer contradictory advice"--ha!

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on May 21, 2012
at 09:47 PM

Can you tell us a bit more? How much did you weight initially, how tall are you? What do you weigh now? What are you trying to get to and why? Did anything else change? When you say "mostly following the paleo diet for a while", what do you mean by that? It makes it sound like you have not been that strict and I think most people would agree that you need to get that under control before worrying about IFing. Any other info you can provide would be helpful. Thanks!

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on May 21, 2012
at 11:10 PM

You could be gaining muscle and losing fat, so it is important to measure weight and bodyfat, so you know what's going on.

IF is not greater than calories.

IF is a great hack for fat loss, enhanced nutrient partitioning, and autophagy, but it cannot overcome a caloric surplus.

My advice is monitor caloric intake for a day, and see how much you are actually consuming.

Matthew Caton NSCA - CPT

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on May 21, 2012
at 09:28 PM

Weight loss is very rarely seen as a regular drop. You could be eating more than you were, and you could be less active. You may now be lean enough that your metabolism is regulating itself differently. Or you could have gained muscle which offset some fat loss, or maybe just some water weight. Or you've not been sleeping well or had some stress at work or have hormonal fluctuations for any of a hundred other reasons. Maybe your body is reacting to the onset of summer by gearing itself more to fat storage. Maybe your scales are broken, or you don't measure yourself consistently enough.

If everything is going fine except for that number on the scale, I'd just keep enjoying life a while longer. If it's been a couple months and there's no drop in weight I'd suggest providing a bit more information about your lifestyle so we can all offer contradictory advice.

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on May 22, 2012
at 04:40 AM

"so we can all offer contradictory advice"--ha!

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on May 22, 2012
at 03:40 AM

I think you should eat when you are hungry, and don't eat when you are not. Have you experimented with your eating? I've seen other people say that they will intermittently fast, but they won't do it for longer than a day, and definitely not several times a week.

Sometimes my body will unintentionally fast, because I'm just not hungry. Like today, I wasn't hungry until about 2pm, and we didn't eat until about 4:30 (because we grilled up some bison burgers, yum!).

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on May 21, 2012
at 10:07 PM

Are you eating enough to keep your system out of 'famine' mode? and as PD said, seasonal variations in types of food, amount of sunlight; etc and so on..I usually only worry when the clothes get too snug; if your energy is up, and you are active; I wouldn't fret too much. HTH!

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on May 21, 2012
at 09:55 PM

I'm doing IF and love it, i find it easy to fast during the day but my downfall is night time, i eat way too much at night, this is my hungry time and i find my will power goes out the window

A few tips to speed up weight loss / fat loss is to exercise on empty stomach (u can have water, or black tea / coffee but NO milk or cream before exercising)

I try to eat low carb in the evenings but i just want that full feeling so always end up eating more than i should, and i know this is stalling my weight loss

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

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on May 22, 2012
at 02:42 PM

DITTO. Very similar pattern for me.

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on May 21, 2012
at 09:49 PM

As stated above, weight (fat) loss is rarely linear. Don't scale watch, please. If you truly are gaining weight on a steady base, a variable must have changed. Can you give a brief food & activity log before and after you implemented the fasting? That might help.

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