I have noticed that I have super good energy levels in the morning during my fast, yet I also tend to get the 2pm crash, or a massive energy low in the early afternoon after breaking my fast. It seems to be 1-2 hours afterwards every time. Has this happened to anyone else?
I saw another question about being hungry after the break-fast meal and that being due to the meal being high in carbs (relatively speaking.) I don't think this is my case as my meals are generally heavy on protein and fat. I don't usually add more fat in but I don't see that as necessary. Any thoughts?
Digestion requires a lot of energy. Try keeping your first meal light and if possible, plan a brief siesta afterwards. A 20-minute nap is the best and seems like the kind of thing our hunter-gatherer ancestors would do!
Ahh - yes. I went through the same thing. IF takes some personal tweaking so I'll share what I did:
First thing in the am: Almond Milk/Spinach/Berry/Protein Powder (yes, I use whey), fish oil shake.
Meal 1: Huge meal at noon/noon:30 usually last night's leftovers in an egg scramble. This includes a huge protein source (steak, roast), veggies, and I will sprinkle some almond slivers or goat cheese on the top.
Meal 2: Huge dinner around 6:30/7pm. Pretty much the same food composite as above.
I also incorporate green tea and water throughout the day. I do not consider portion control but I am mindful of my protein intake.
This is basically all I eat and I'm totally satiated, do not get tired and in fact, I see a spike in energy around 4pm. Mind you, I was the type of person who ate every two hours and would black out if I went more than 4 hours without food. I was hypoglycemic and IF scared the poop out of me at first.
What helped me succeed at IF was not concentrating on the fasting part but finding the right time of day for my meals and eating when I was hungry which is now only 2x's/day. I don't even think about the hours between meals in terms of asking myself if I am fasting long enough. So I generally stay in a fasted state from 7pm to 7am.
Good luck and do what works best for your body.
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