Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent Fasting

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by 0 · 36 minutes ago

Hey there,  Long time reader, first time poster... I've been strict paleo for a little over a year now: moderate to low-carb (50-100g), high fat and high protein on training days and moderate protein on rest days.  I've been doing IF... (more)

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by 140 · 37 minutes ago

I am writing this on behalf of my mum. She is 52, and she has thyroid problems which she thinks prevents her from losing weight. She has an active job and does exercise classes a few times a week. She has been trying different diets for years... (more)

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Nancy_25 0 · June 26, 2013 at 2:19 PM

I'm 53 and was just having mild thyroid numbers. Naturopath put me on thyroid meds and told me to stay away from grains and potatoes. I have lost 16 pounds and finally feeling great. I don't count calories at all.

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by 695 · 37 minutes ago

I've been using intermittent fasting for the last week (One 24 hour fast in addition to a 12 hour fast daily) and have experienced dramatically increased mood, at times I'm euphoric. I no longer have blood sugar drops after a few hours like I used... (more)

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Ambimorph 0 · August 04, 2012 at 8:52 AM

There are a couple of similar threads: 4 days on VLC - suddenly feels happy? Low Carbs - Coincidence? Some possible reasons could include: blood sugar regulation, so you don't have the bad moods that come with hypoglycemia better access to... (more)

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by 89 · 38 minutes ago

With my background in fitness and bodybuilding I've managed to get into the best shape of my life multiple times. With that being said, I've also managed to get into terrible shape by moving from such a nutrient and caloric restriction to a "no... (more)

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foreveryoung 0 · April 26, 2012 at 2:47 AM

Good for you on finding a sustainable approach that works well for you. (Although, to me the diet you posted does not look very sustainable.) Some Critiques first: "I want to take it to the next level and prove that you can achieve a fitness... (more)

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by 310 · 38 minutes ago

Hi, PHers. Can someone please succinctly and in layman's terms outline the benefits of intermittent fasting as far as achieving optimal weight is concerned? Is it simply that when one consumes less calories, she loses weight? Or is there some... (more)

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Dylan 0 · July 15, 2011 at 6:18 PM

I have had positive results with intermittent fasting. I like to think that the not eating for 16 hours starts to eat away at fat reserves but we really don't know for sure that that's how it works. One very simple and rarely mentioned positive... (more)

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by 0 · 38 minutes ago

I am a 37 yr old male, 15% body fat, 180lbs. Eat 95% Paleo, no dairy. My 5% comes in the form of night time sugar. Dried Fruit, the occasional tablespoon or two of chocolate chips, or my own home made Paleo Cookies (Prune, Almond Meal &... (more)

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Keith_1 0 · January 31, 2011 at 5:51 AM

Cut out the dried fruit, cookies, chocolate chips, and apples. Get a copy of Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe and follow his program instead of the one you are using now. It doesn't matter how much you have lifted weights in the past. For now... (more)

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by 47 · 39 minutes ago

My blood sugar is usually around 250, even though I eat high-fat-low-carb, walk everywhere, and do tai chi in the mornings. Medications havent helped - after years of trying different things, the only thing that worked was fasting.I did a 24 hour... (more)

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Harry 0 · August 06, 2014 at 3:10 AM

I am in the same boat. My diabetes was controlled for seven years with Metformin. Then several things, including antibiotics made my blood sugar shoot up to around 250. (I also was off Metformin for a couple weeks.) My response was to cut carbs... (more)

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by 127 · 40 minutes ago

I know this has been discussed before but I find it a confusing issue.I used to eat a big dinner-style breakfast with ample beef, sweet potato, and some greens, but I found it hard to eat meat three times a day because of gallbladder pains and... (more)

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by 60 · about 1 hour ago

I typically Intermittent fast (leangains style) 16-18 hours every weekday with a 6-8 hour eating window. I've incorporated raw potato starch into my diet, but I think I might be breaking my fast by ingesting the potato starch first thing in... (more)

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Robert_13 0 · April 24, 2014 at 10:53 AM

One of the major benefits of fasting is resting the digestive system so I wouldn't, I don't eat anything at all until my stomach is asking for food, it just makes sense to me. If your fasting then don't eat anything or it isn't fasting, even... (more)

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by 0 · about 1 hour ago

Is it okay to do intermittent fasting if you have digestive issues? I've only been doing it three times a week, and only until lunch, but yesterday I had a problem. I pushed back eating until nearly 2pm, just due to the timing if my day. After... (more)

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samanthaalys 0 · April 09, 2014 at 10:27 AM

There are some of the other facts to be considered for intermittent fasting. It results in sleeplessness, irregular periods anxiety and other symptoms hormone dysregulations. Other issues are low calorie, which results in low energy, stress, and... (more)

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by 0 · about 1 hour ago

I've been doing a daily fasting regimen for a while now but I'm looking to switch to alternate day fasting for the extended fasting period benefits. However, in the past when I've done >24 hour fasts I've found it hard to sleep and a bit... (more)

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Desmond 0 · March 18, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Although I do not do ADF, I usually fast for ~20 hours 2x-3x per week. You might be interested to read The Perfect Health Diet...they say that fasts over 24 hours tend to have a negative effect on your immune system (and prob a few other... (more)

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by 0 · about 1 hour 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 1 hour ago

I've just started intermittent fasting and am hearing different things when it comes to working out. Should I just do one HIIT a day while my body is still in fasting mode, or can I do more than that later on in the day, and if so when would be... (more)

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slsmoot123 0 · February 06, 2014 at 3:52 PM

@lucy_727 I should clarify that I'm doing a juice fasts and not a pure fast or water fast.

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by 0 · about 1 hour ago

I've been eating Paleo (plus dairy.. Primal?) for 2 1/2 weeks now and already have lost 10 pounds. Started at 228 lbs and am now 218. Initial goal is 180. Aside from my bout of "low-carb" flu for a couple of days, I'm doing quite fine.. No... (more)

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RonBurgundy 0 · January 21, 2014 at 7:20 AM

My understanding is that there are different approaches to IF. The one that made most sense to me was not skipping any meals, just eating all 3 meals a day but compressed into a narrower window of time, say a 6 hour window. Thereby you get all... (more)

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by 0 · about 1 hour ago

when i'm in a fast i get really bad breath. most of the time i fast for 16-20 hours. what can it be? detoxification, ketosis, or someting else? thanks

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raydawg 0 · January 06, 2014 at 3:24 PM

You're in ketosis, but your body isn't yet adapted to burning ketones (and fat), it will go away after a while if you stick to it, once it does, you'll know you're fat adapted. You might even experience the dreaded "low carb flu" until you... (more)

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by 0 · about 1 hour ago

when i'm in a fast i get really bad breath. most of the time i fast for 16-20 hours. what can it be? detoxification, ketosis, or someting else? thanks

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raydawg 0 · January 06, 2014 at 3:24 PM

You're in ketosis, but your body isn't yet adapted to burning ketones (and fat), it will go away after a while if you stick to it, once it does, you'll know you're fat adapted. You might even experience the dreaded "low carb flu" until you... (more)

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by 0 · about 1 hour ago

Are coke zero, sugar free mints/gum allowed during 'fasting' state? I noticed that each sugar free gum piece has 3-4 calories, will consuming this kick me out of 'fasted' state and entering 'fed' state?

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James_3 0 · December 30, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Depends on what you mean by fasting (there's different aspects that people follow for it). In general, fasting = not taking in any calories. However, some of the info based on autophagy indicates you can take in limited fats, but no carbs. ... (more)

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by 0 · about 1 hour ago

Are coke zero, sugar free mints/gum allowed during 'fasting' state? I noticed that each sugar free gum piece has 3-4 calories, will consuming this kick me out of 'fasted' state and entering 'fed' state?

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James_3 0 · December 30, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Depends on what you mean by fasting (there's different aspects that people follow for it). In general, fasting = not taking in any calories. However, some of the info based on autophagy indicates you can take in limited fats, but no carbs. ... (more)

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by 0 · about 1 hour ago

Hi I have had really great results with intermittent fasting concerning my hardcore IBS. Nothing helps better than just having one meal in the evening, which is why I wanna make it a habit. My trouble now is, that I work in the morning and come... (more)

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Rio 0 · December 21, 2013 at 10:55 PM

I had a similar problem at my previous job. I was fasting from 8PM until around 1-2PM the next day. My first meal would be lunch. I would workout after work, around 6. Then eat meal post-workout, and be done until lunch the next day. Worked... (more)

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by 0 · about 1 hour ago

Hi. I've just started IF and I am getting the same euphoria that you described in one of your posts. Did you ever get to the bottom of the science behind it. Just that I really would love to know what foods I can eat beforehand to help... (more)

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by 0 · about 1 hour ago

Looking for some answers regarding BP-IF that I haven't been able to find... Looking to incorporate this into my regimen 2-3 days/week. So, first off, can I still benefit from doing BP-IF 2-3x per week as opposed to every day? next, how... (more)

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raydawg 0 · November 05, 2013 at 8:21 PM

@Bethany4 I use Ruta Maya, mainly because it's organic, from Mexico (Dave said the ones from Central America are less moldy on a podcast), and they're a lot cheaper... also found it at Costco occasionally. I think it's the process that... (more)

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by 58 · about 1 hour ago

I've been doing intermittent fasting 3-5 days a week for three weeks. I lost then gained some weight (not due to the fasting...i hope). The weird thing is, I think I've gained it in my thighs because my pants feel a lot tighter in the upper... (more)

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Becs 0 · October 29, 2013 at 2:45 AM

That does seem like alot of fasting over a week, especially for a woman. I have had great results with a 24hr fast once a week, but found doing it more often really effected my cycle. Perhaps some experimenting with days will help?

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by 0 · about 1 hour ago

Since a few weeks I'm doing IF to lose a few pounds by just skipping breakfast and eat regularly (paleo) lunch and dinner. I don't eat more, I don't snack. The result is that I'm not losing weight but instead I'm gaining it. How can I... (more)

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paleot 0 · October 12, 2013 at 6:05 AM

How often are you weighing yourself and how much are you gaining? "A few pounds" is easily the difference between when I wake up and after I eat dinner, or how much water I've been drinking lately. If you're consuming less calories and you're... (more)

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by 354 · about 1 hour ago

After going the paper/Excel route, I now tracking my macronutrients w/an Android app (FatSecret). It has many plusses, but now that I've switched my food strategy to LeanGains (a mashup of intermittent fasting and cyclical keto), I need an app... (more)

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by 354 · about 1 hour ago

After going the paper/Excel route, I now tracking my macronutrients w/an Android app (FatSecret). It has many plusses, but now that I've switched my food strategy to LeanGains (a mashup of intermittent fasting and cyclical keto), I need an app... (more)

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