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by 1523 · about 5 hours ago

Let me just throw a quick disclaimer that this is really directed at people who are following, or at least familiar with, the actual LeanGains protocol not LeanGains "style" IFing which I did for a long time. I mean actually carb/calorie cycling... (more)

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Wisper 0 · November 21, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Fruit, sweet potatoes and white rice, depending on your paleo strictness. I did a n=1 experiment with fat cycling: I had no difference in body fat loss rate between 20g and 80g of fat per training day. So I don't cycle my fat anymore - or more... (more)

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by 1523 · about 5 hours ago

I've been following a leangains IF window of 16/8 for two months now without any changes to diet (kept it paleo I'd say around 90% of the time, given what I probably ate a couple times going out for dinner). Recently, I've been trying to at least... (more)

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Seamaster 0 · April 19, 2012 at 9:10 AM

I've been doing 23/1 IF for three months and lost 20lb. I eat one paleo meal per day. I'm male, and started out at 237lb with a goal weight of <210lb. Working great for me. YMMV.

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by 0 · about 5 hours ago

I have a bad anxiety condition and sometimes it flares up while fasting. Is it OK to use the amino acid Theanine during a fast (IF)?

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HeyItsMePH 0 · June 26, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Could you please elaborate? Due to my anxiety condition my cortisol levels are probably elevated. But why should one not fast with high cortisol levels?

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by 952 · about 5 hours ago

Hi all,(Please upvote if you find it interesting, this is am important question for me)Thank you for sharing it! Is there any scientific evidence to support the answer to this question?What of the following types of fasting should one do if he or... (more)

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John_11 0 · June 13, 2014 at 4:49 PM

If you are curious, there are some good answers in comments here http://suppversity.blogspot.com/2014/04/alternate-day-fasting-well-researched.html

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by 0 · about 5 hours ago

I'm hoping someone with experience can help me with since because I don't know anyone else (other than me that has been successful with IF). Last May I started 16/8, 7 days a week and the weight fell off! I wasn't trying to lose weight, only... (more)

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Longtallsally 0 · March 11, 2014 at 11:42 AM

I do lift at home when I am there. I work in an office that does not offer any workout facilities, so it's just my feet on a lunch break run if I can spare the break. I did bring some resistance bands to work, but I can't do anything major as... (more)

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by 0 · about 5 hours ago

Do you know of any science, or other strong evidence to support one or the other approach?

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happyguy 0 · March 03, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Barry Sears, author of The Zone, is in favor of eating within a hour, here's his reasons: http://zonediet.com/blog/2010/08/eat-your-breakfast/ Also, I read on Jack Kreuse's blog, he's a fan of eating within 30 minutes for leptin... (more)

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by 208 · about 5 hours ago

Skipping Meals May Shed Lbs., Boost Brain The majority of the participants were women (20). I've noticed that every time I've mentioned IF as a good way to boost weight loss or break through a plateau someone has to mention that IF... (more)

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BobK 0 · November 22, 2013 at 5:19 AM

IF works for me. Samc is this the "website posting" to which you refer? http://www.paleoforwomen.com/shattering-the-myth-of-fasting-for-women-a-review-of-female-specific-responses-to-fasting-in-the-literature/ Perhaps Skipping Meals... (more)

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by 60 · about 5 hours ago

[This is my first question, please be kind! Sorry it is a long post. And I have done some searches but couldn't find anything exactly matching my question] I know IF is a big and popular thing, and I have experimented with it a little... (more)

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JenJen 0 · October 05, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Thanks for the replies guys. I think I need to be a bit more relaxed about it to be honest - I mean that I shouldn't be fixed on forcing IF and long gaps between meals. I am beginning to think that for some women, there can be issues with... (more)

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by 0 · about 5 hours ago

Hi all. I have been toying with Paleo for a while but am now on day 7 of a 14 day Paleo challenge. It's going super awesome. I am just wondering about the effects of IF on breastfeeding. I have been going 12-14 hours each day and that's been fine,... (more)

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staceychev 0 · August 10, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Breastfeeding and fasting is a really bad idea if you're feeding your baby regularly (ie, not down to just once a day nursing). Don't mess with that. You will have your whole life to do paleo challenges.

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by 80 · about 6 hours ago

I was hoping you guys could share some collective knowledge regarding women and IF. My wife and I have started the program. We're about a month in, with mixed to little results. Our goal is a cut. She does 2-3 crossfit style workouts per week,... (more)

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by 60 · about 6 hours ago

So, I am wondering if there is a reason why people who IF seem to typically fast in the morning? I've been playing around with the idea of fasting since my body seems happy eating two meals a day, but I was thinking about fasting in the evening,... (more)

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tomo 0 · May 12, 2013 at 6:31 PM

I think a lot of people, including me, sleep better when full after an evening meal. I can never sleep when I am hungry so I eat between 12pm until about 8pm and fast overnight and into the morning.

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by 10994 · about 6 hours ago

Some people swear by intermittent fasting, others say that 5+ meals a day are the way to go to keep your metabolism up. Is one better advice than the other or Can they both be good advice for different situations? If they can both be good advice... (more)

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foreveryoung 0 · April 25, 2013 at 12:38 AM

Here are is a more in depth answer. I have done "Leangains" feeding window and meals, and have also done 5 small meals. I like the latter more based on both it's physical effects and its compatibility with my lifestyle. Here is why I like... (more)

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by 80 · about 6 hours ago

Hey all, I've searched but have yet to find an exact answer for this one. Starting a leangains/IF program with my wife in April. She can't work out until after work, usually 5-6pm. She'll have a 10 hour feeding window, breaking her fast at... (more)

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SlimIcy 0 · March 14, 2013 at 1:09 PM

She should keep as many of the carbs as possible in the post-workout meal. The 20% eaten pre-workout should be mostly protein.

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by 638 · about 6 hours ago

Apologies in advance for this huge question.... So my previous question was on IF and eating 2x per day and I got lots of great advice and dived right into it. I want to lose weight and I am counting my calories to try and gauge how much I need... (more)

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shtoink 0 · March 12, 2013 at 8:28 PM

I eat 2 meals a day, breakfast and dinner. breakfast (~750 cal) 4 pastured eggs, scrambled or sunnyside up, in 1 TBSP pasture butter either a 4.375oz can of sardines, OR 1/4lb of US Wellness beef liverwurst (basically I alternate sardines and... (more)

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by 27 · about 6 hours ago

Hey, I tried doing IF for only a few days... I know I've read good things about it, but I'm a bit skeptical. You hear so much with your metabolism that you should eat every 3-4 hours. Now personally, I don't believe that nor have I ever tried... (more)

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raydawg 0 · March 11, 2013 at 11:44 AM

There are different protocols for different things. If you've got issues with leptin, then eating 30-50g of protein (3x-4x that amount in actual meat) is used as a leptin reset. You shouldn't do this with IF. I've tried this for a while, and... (more)

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by 1232 · about 6 hours ago

I try to incorporate intermittent fasting without obsessing about it. My usual eating window is 6 hours, sometimes 5. Generally, I just try to stop eating by 5/6pm. I am interested in learning more about autophagy. I read a comment recently saying... (more)

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maryDeeeeeee 0 · March 07, 2013 at 12:25 AM

Maybe try changing things up a bit..everything works till it stops working. It seems our bodies get used to routine so sometimes changing things up is a good idea. Be it through exercie or meal timings or whatever. You could try doing a fast for... (more)

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by 0 · about 6 hours ago

Not sure if I'm quite wording this right since there are so many different concepts. But I was curious if there would be any benefit in a combination to get in better shape as far as losing fat and trying to build muscle? Was thinking of about 3... (more)

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Zara 0 · March 03, 2013 at 9:11 AM

No, IF won't automatically make you enter ketosis. For the body to use ketones as it's primary source the glycogen stores needs to be depleted and it's not certain that will happen during your IF period. and to be honest, the first days on... (more)

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by 699 · about 6 hours ago

I've been intermittent fasting for about a week (small meal after my morning workout, then a larger meal in the evening). I've noticed I've naturally woken up earlier than usual this week and not felt tired despite getting less than 8 hours of... (more)

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LateralFractal 0 · August 27, 2013 at 8:38 AM

Another possibility is the conditioned expectation of insomnia is actually Palaeolithic polyphasic sleep expressing itself now you aren't so exhausted as to need 8 hours in a single block. I found the first weeks after I drastically improved my... (more)

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by 1232 · about 6 hours ago

I'm currently drinking a mug of "hot chocolate" (made with coconut oil, raw cacao powder and hot water) and wondering if this could be a good bulletproof substitute for those who can't stomach coffee. I drink green tea with a tsp of coconut oil... (more)

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CD 0 · January 07, 2013 at 5:38 PM

If that is all you are putting in it (i.e. no sweeteners) than it's probably fine. I am not on the "Bulletproof" train, but plenty of people seem to like it. PHD is a fan of chocolate --... (more)

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by 224 · about 6 hours ago

I am interested in any opinions regarding ideal frequency and timing of meals. I personally have been consuming two meals per day for a few months, with the bigger meal being breakfast a few hours after waking up. However I am noticing issues with... (more)

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Britt_1 0 · November 19, 2012 at 9:03 PM

If you have problems after eating a large meal than why not eat smaller meals and 3 or 4 times a day? I think eating only one meal would make it even worse since that meal would have to be huge.

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by 220 · about 6 hours ago

Okay I am a 32 year old female who is trying IF with bulletproof coffee. I have done it in the morning twice and love it so no problems there. My questions are: How often is this done? Daily? Every other? As much as one wants? On the website... (more)

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Debbie__1 0 · November 13, 2012 at 6:47 PM

I do bulletproof coffee when I feel like it. sometimes ill do breakfast instead, it depends on the fast and my mood. As for your eating window, do what works for you. Who said by 8pm? what website? If you eat at 10pm adjust your next fast. Its... (more)

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by 25 · about 6 hours ago

Hi everyone, I am new here- have been eating paleo for several months now but somehow missed this awesome site. So, I am hoping to get some advice and looking forward to participating in the community. I'm currently eating low carb strict paleo.... (more)

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August 0 · October 15, 2012 at 7:23 PM

You don't have to eat right after a workout. There is even some suggestion that holding off is helpful for most people (most people not being athletes). After working out, growth hormone begins to rise. It takes about an hour for it to peak,... (more)

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by 189 · about 6 hours ago

I've been working on a 90/10 compliant paleo diet with IF with a once-a-day evening meal for about 4 months. In general it has been working great, my weight is down 27 lbs and is still dropping. However, every once in a while I notice that I get... (more)

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blueaji 0 · October 15, 2012 at 8:02 PM

I too had the same thing happen with IF after about 4 months. I would happen to me in the evenings. My normal personality is completely opposite from how I would feel, but I would literally feel like ripping someones head off. It scared me... (more)

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by 298 · about 6 hours ago

I've heard that adults should eat at least 30g of protein at each of 3 meals for optimal muscle maintenance. The theory goes, that your body can't store protein, so if you go too long with out it, your body will recycle muscle For those of you... (more)

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PhysiqueRescue 0 · September 12, 2012 at 7:13 PM

I threw everything I thought I knew about protein instake out the window. Things such as X# of grams per pound of bodyweight, only absorb this much per session, etc. I follow the LeanGains approach daily and often throw in a 24 hour fast once... (more)

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by 499 · about 6 hours ago

I want to do Intermittent Fasting but I don't know when the "fasting" starts. For example, I finished eating dinner at 6:40. Does that mean that the fasting starts at 6:41 and a 16hr fast ends at 10:41am the next day? I tried looking at the Lean... (more)

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JB_Primal 0 · September 09, 2012 at 2:53 AM

That is correct. Your fast starts after your final meal and continues until you eat again, sleepy time included. http://jbprimal.com

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