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Fasting shouldI/ shouldn't I

by 0 · September 19, 2013 4:24 PM

I had a gastroscopy yesterday and therefore had an enforced 24hr fasting. I had read about other Paleos' fasting or carrying out intermittent fasting but have been told that it is not good for me personally as I only have one good nutritious meal a day as it is. However, I now have a sore throat and I will have abstained from eating for 40 hours so far, obviously not through choice, but I don't feel that different.

Can someone who follows intermittent fasting please tell me the benefits and also, do I in effect, do intermittent fasting myself? I say ths because if I feel particularly hungry one day, I will eat. I am getting used to having a meal at about 12.30pm with water and green tea throughout the day and fruit and nuts when I feel peckish

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188 · September 19, 2013 2:18 PM

I eat at approx 12 noon and 7 pm with a small nut/fruit snack in between if hungry. One benefit is calorie restriction, as I don't eat anymore at either meal than I used to with 3 meals. 2 meals is more than enough and I could easily do 1 meal only except for the family schedule and the lack of desire to do so on my part. I feel better during the morning without having to consume food so early. It seems to help with a slow weight loss and muscle growth with weight lifting.

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0 · September 19, 2013 1:52 PM

Thanks, but that makes me feel very heavy and uncomfortable so soon before sleep and aggravates the regurgatation aspect of Barretts Oesophagus.

184 · September 19, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Intermittent fasting is usually defined as short fasting periods (max 48h, often 16h). The main effect on your body should be weight loss, but some studies point to improved metabolism on a long term.

Now, if you want to be healthy, perhaps you should reconsider the way you eat: eating fruit and nuts all day long keeps your pancreas producing insulin, your stomach processing food, etc. A larger meal in the evening might be better for you, and closer to what intermittent fasting is.

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