I have been dabbling in the idea of trying IF (eating daily from 12-9pm ish).. The thought is a lil scary since I have totally conditioned my body to eat RIGHT when I wake up. I actually get hunger pangs 45 minutes from when I wake up if I haven't eaten!
The whole process is rather intriguing to me, mostly because my hubby and his mother are super lean and fit, even if they don't workout. And they hardly EVER eat until lunch time, just naturally.
So my question is, are there any women that can share there experiences with IF? Or is is hardly helpful for women like some ppl believe? ALso, how do you ease yourself into it so your body gets used to not eating in the morning?
Hi Amanda, I am female and had great success with IF and I still do it a few times per week. When I first started, I purposely did not eat until late in the afternoon until around 3-4pm. I drank green tea or coffee with a little heavy cream and did not have much of a problem with hunger. (I have not had a problem with hunger since going VLC. I am not sure if you are VLC or not.) Now, it follows a more natural path. If I am hungry early in the morning, I eat, if not, I don't. It works out to several times per week that I am not hungry in the morning and I don't eat until the afternoon, so it ends up being a feeding window of about 1-9pm. I think that IF works great for fat-loss, appetite control and maintaining weight. Good luck!
I have used IF on and off for the past couple of years and really enjoy the freedom of not worrying about what to eat all the time. It definitely takes some getting used to when starting out. If you decide to jump into it full force, rather than gradually shifting your breakfast back, the first few days will present you with some significant hunger pangs, but they usually only show up around meal times, and don't last longer than 20 minutes. At least that's been my experience. I find sparkling water really helps. I also agree with Annie that it is easier when you are lower carb.
Another thing I have noticed is that it seems to be more difficult to adhere to the fasting window during the luteal phase of my cycle (between ovulation and menstruation). During this time, I listen to my body and tend to shorten my fasting window.
I just do a cup of coffee in the morning with 1/4 cup of heavy cream (usually decaf but sometimes regular). But I was always a person who wasn't hungry right when I woke up, and the cream takes me through til 12-1pm easily and is mostly fat. Without it, I'm pretty hungry by 11am.
I'd suggest doing it gradually, shifting your breakfast forward half an hour each day. Also a big dinner helps :)
I started IFing regularly after I had been Primal for about 3 months. I, too was a first-thing-in-the-morning breakfast eater, but I noticed that after I had been Primal for awhile and after doing 6 weeks of vlc, I was no longer starving first thing.
I've been using IF on a daily basis for 6 months and I love the freedom! I tend to eat in a 6 or 8 hour window that varies in starting time from 10 am to 2pm. Usually 2 meals and a snack or 3 full meals. Occasionally just one meal! I go by my hunger--and occasionally ignore the ghrelin-induced hunger if it suits me better to eat later.
Here's a great link from LeanSaloon that helped me:http://theleansaloon.com/2011/03/29/you-will-be-hungry/
When I first started out, I would eat a teaspoon of coconut oil in the morning instead of breakfast. Now I start my day with black tea and heavy cream.
I've been doing it for 3 weeks and I love it, I stop eating between 6 and 7 and don't eat again until between 10-11 the next day, it works perfectly, my workouts I have plenty of energy and my scale is moving on average 2.5 lbs a week, whereas prior I was losing maybe .5 to 1 lb a week.