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Fasting to lose weight?

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Created February 04, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Is it unhealthy to fast until you have lost like 10 pounds? If I ate only a little bit everyday for a little while can I lose the weight and it it unhealthy? Would I gain it back quickly, even though I am very low carb? I don't want to here anything questions about my weight or weather I eating disorders or anything like that. I don't. So what do you think?

Edit: How long would it take to lost weight the healthy way? Doing intermittent fasting?

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on February 07, 2011
at 09:16 PM

No one can predict how quickly you'll lose weight. Even if we knew how much you weighed, body fat %, etc.. Weight loss doesn't seem to be at all predictable. Some people can go low carb and lose a steady 2-5 pounds per week, others have to take more drastic measures. Start at the beginning. If you're low carb now, and you've plateaud, cut something you're doing. Some people can get away with still partaking in sweeteners, caffeine, cheats, dairy, fruit... Others need to be a bit more monastic to heal whatever damage has been done.

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on February 05, 2011
at 06:05 AM

This is what I was going to say. Fast too long and you start breaking down muscle as part of your weight loss. Muscle is not weight you want to be losing! Keep the fasting to levels that burn fat but NOT muscle. This is the most efficient way to lose the flab weight but not the muscle weight.

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on February 04, 2011
at 09:09 PM

btw, i def agree with you Travis about fructose. after reading a couple of your posts, i've cut back on mine also.

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on February 04, 2011
at 08:05 PM

haven't eaten much fructose at all this week and I am feeling like my fasting periods are easier to extend. Correlation?

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on February 04, 2011
at 07:58 PM

Your point is well-taken, and that's something I didn't account for.

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on February 04, 2011
at 07:42 PM

i tend to agree with how kurt harris framed it in his treatise on glucose. in people who aren't metabolically deranged, potatoes are fine, but if there is derangement there, you should probably clear that up first to restore a good healthy insulin sensitivity and then going forward introduce potatoes back in. took me about 4 months to get my insulin sensitivity back to a point where i could still lower bf on tubers. i've heard longer and shorter periods for others.

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on February 04, 2011
at 07:38 PM

A lot of people cut carbs down all the way and lose fat, but it's actually the fructose reduction that makes the biggest difference. I'm already pretty lean, but I actually am getting leaner after cutting fructose down to almost nothing and *increasing* starch.

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on February 04, 2011
at 07:10 PM

I know it's super popular these days to tell people to include potatoes... But for a lot of us who've tried adding tubers, it's not great advice. Potatoes are probably great variety for people who are at a good weight, but for anyone with 10+ to lose, cutting out starch seems to be incredibly effective. Personally, if I want to go unweighed unmeasured and still lose weight, I can't do tubers, and I've met a lot of people who've experienced the same.

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on February 04, 2011
at 05:29 PM

hey great answer matt

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on February 04, 2011
at 05:23 PM

You're probably more likely to get a good answer if you ask your question a little more politely. People here are answering questions in good faith in their free time. There's no need to make demands about things you don't want to "here"[sic].

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on February 04, 2011
at 05:29 PM

hey great answer matt

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on February 04, 2011
at 05:43 PM

Joe, here's the deal. Intermittent fasting is a good tool for weightloss but it's not something to consider in a vacuum. If you have metabolic issues, IF'ing can be quite hard until those issues are cleared up. I didn't start IF'ing until about 4 months after i started eating paleo and the time period varies from person to person. My parents started IF'ing without problems immediately. Another thing to be on the look out for with IF'ing is the stress you put on your adrenals. So if your sleep isn't on point or consume too much caffeine or are generally stressed, IF'ing probably isn't for you right now. There are other factors also, but i guess what I'm trying to get at is that it's counterproductive to ask a question like this and immediately take out all the other relevant factors that would determine if this is a good course of action for you or not. Just sayin.

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on February 04, 2011
at 07:14 PM

The only thing that's really wrong with extended fasting is the % of weight that is muscle loss. Protein Sparing Modified Fasts seem to solve this, so you might want to consider that instead. Maybe paring that with some fasted training. I don't think there is really a way you can get better or faster results. Also, you get to eat, which is awesome. I did water fasts in my raw vegan days, it's not the way to go, I don't care how strong is your willpower. You will regain the weight, it's just how it works.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on February 05, 2011
at 06:05 AM

This is what I was going to say. Fast too long and you start breaking down muscle as part of your weight loss. Muscle is not weight you want to be losing! Keep the fasting to levels that burn fat but NOT muscle. This is the most efficient way to lose the flab weight but not the muscle weight.

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on February 04, 2011
at 06:26 PM

It's not intermittent fasting if you just stop eating; that's starvation. The most important thing is cutting out fructose. Just eat a bunch of meat, low-fructose starch such as potatoes (if you need carbs) and fat and watch your BF% plummet. Seriously.

721c2ae7c48630f3c7578a62773b8276

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on February 04, 2011
at 07:10 PM

I know it's super popular these days to tell people to include potatoes... But for a lot of us who've tried adding tubers, it's not great advice. Potatoes are probably great variety for people who are at a good weight, but for anyone with 10+ to lose, cutting out starch seems to be incredibly effective. Personally, if I want to go unweighed unmeasured and still lose weight, I can't do tubers, and I've met a lot of people who've experienced the same.

Medium avatar

(39821)

on February 04, 2011
at 07:38 PM

A lot of people cut carbs down all the way and lose fat, but it's actually the fructose reduction that makes the biggest difference. I'm already pretty lean, but I actually am getting leaner after cutting fructose down to almost nothing and *increasing* starch.

1ec4e7ca085b7f8d5821529653e1e35a

(5506)

on February 04, 2011
at 08:05 PM

haven't eaten much fructose at all this week and I am feeling like my fasting periods are easier to extend. Correlation?

66e6b190e62fb3bcf42d4c60801c7bf6

(12407)

on February 04, 2011
at 09:09 PM

btw, i def agree with you Travis about fructose. after reading a couple of your posts, i've cut back on mine also.

Medium avatar

(39821)

on February 04, 2011
at 07:58 PM

Your point is well-taken, and that's something I didn't account for.

66e6b190e62fb3bcf42d4c60801c7bf6

(12407)

on February 04, 2011
at 07:42 PM

i tend to agree with how kurt harris framed it in his treatise on glucose. in people who aren't metabolically deranged, potatoes are fine, but if there is derangement there, you should probably clear that up first to restore a good healthy insulin sensitivity and then going forward introduce potatoes back in. took me about 4 months to get my insulin sensitivity back to a point where i could still lower bf on tubers. i've heard longer and shorter periods for others.

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on February 04, 2011
at 05:22 PM

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/weight-loss-plateau/

Read the "Consider Intermittent Fasting" section, partway through the article.

And also you can read this from Mark Sisson: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/fasting/

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on March 23, 2013
at 10:43 AM

Hi Joe,

It is true to an extent, to lose weight you should includes less saturated fat in your diet. Choose fruits, vegetables, whole grains and plant-based proteins that are a natural source of nutrition and less in calorie density as well.

However, you have to follow a proper diet plan with regular workouts also. You should eat plant-based foods such as fruits, tofu, beans, grains and vegetarian snacks that contain fewer fats and are healthy for our body as well.

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on January 22, 2013
at 12:09 PM

I practice fasting from time to time - at least 1 day per month. I usually take phentermine to curb appetite 'cause it's really hard for m?? - not to eat all day

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