Do any of you do intermittent fasting?

Lamkins

Woodpecker
Woman
About 3 years ago my metabolism changed. My doc says it’s my age, and she hears this from ladies my age every day—tired and can’t lose easily any more. It’s happening to her as well. I’ve been doing a 16/8 intermittent fast for a couple of weeks. I know weight loss tends to be slow, so I’m giving it a few months before I come to any conclusions about it. I may have to start counting calories too though.

Just wondering if anyone here does this.
 

Zagor

Woodpecker
I do intermittent fasting. What I do is I train fasted in the morning about one hour after waking up, and after that I eat my fist meal. So that's about 16 hours from my last meal, but I'm not super stringent about the 16 hour fasting window. It may be 14 hours one day, 18 hours the next. I've been doing it for about a year now and it has become normal to me. I think it's more natural to humans to spend most of the day NOT eating. We eat way too often.
 

Lamkins

Woodpecker
Woman
I do intermittent fasting. What I do is I train fasted in the morning about one hour after waking up, and after that I eat my fist meal. So that's about 16 hours from my last meal, but I'm not super stringent about the 16 hour fasting window. It may be 14 hours one day, 18 hours the next. I've been doing it for about a year now and it has become normal to me. I think it's more natural to humans to spend most of the day NOT eating. We eat way too often.

Do you use it for health benefits or weight loss or both? I generally do the same regarding waiting to eat. I’m really not liking black coffee, so I foresee weaning myself off it.
 

Zagor

Woodpecker
Do you use it for health benefits or weight loss or both? I generally do the same regarding waiting to eat. I’m really not liking black coffee, so I foresee weaning myself off it.
I started because I was interested in weight loss, but now mostly because of health benefits.

I couldn't live without cofee. Among other things, cofee is a great appetite suppressant. Very helpful with fasting routines.
 
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Starlight

Kingfisher
Woman
About 3 years ago my metabolism changed. My doc says it’s my age, and she hears this from ladies my age every day—tired and can’t lose easily any more. It’s happening to her as well. I’ve been doing a 16/8 intermittent fast for a couple of weeks. I know weight loss tends to be slow, so I’m giving it a few months before I come to any conclusions about it. I may have to start counting calories too though.

Just wondering if anyone here does this.
I’ve been doing intermittent fasting for several months and I feel so good and healthy. It actually helped with some hormonal issues that I’d been having too. Totally gone. My skin looks better, I sleep better, rarely feel bloated, and have more energy throughout the day. I used to get the “afternoon sleepies” when my kids were napping but that lethargy is gone! I really believe it is because I changed how I eat.

I only eat one large meal, usually dinner, then fast the rest of the time. Black coffee for breakfast and then water or tea the rest of the day, maybe a sparkling water. Sometimes if I do feel hungry an hour or two before my meal I’ll have a keto friendly snack.

The best parts about intermittent fasting are that I don’t feel like I’m dieting and don’t count calories. Your body becomes very sensitive to when you’ve had enough food so it’s hard to over eat. It can take a little bit to adjust to and I’d suggest easing into it by gradually making your fasting time longer and longer.
 
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I’ve been doing it for two years. The last few months I slack every weekend. But mon-fri its usually (OMD) One meal a day and snack here and there (20-22 hour fast eat whatever within the 2-4 hour window).

I lost about ten pounds initially. After that it’s really only good to maintain your current weight. When I do eat, it’s whatever I want, and I eat a lot. If I gain on the weekend I lose it during the week. If I actually had a healthy diet IF would be perfect.
 

islandgirl

Chicken
Woman
Orthodox
Yes - but I mostly focus on calorie restriction. For breakfast I’ll have an apple and a table spoon of hemp seeds. Lunch is around 2pm, and dinner at 630. My meals are small, and high in fibre as I eat mostly fruits and vegetables with the exception of fish and sprouted bread.

I do a 36 hour fast at least once a month, typically when I am ovulating. Food is a privilege, and I feel more vibrant and energetic when I eat less.
 

Leeloo

Woodpecker
Woman
About 3 years ago my metabolism changed. My doc says it’s my age, and she hears this from ladies my age every day—tired and can’t lose easily any more. It’s happening to her as well. I’ve been doing a 16/8 intermittent fast for a couple of weeks. I know weight loss tends to be slow, so I’m giving it a few months before I come to any conclusions about it. I may have to start counting calories too though.

Just wondering if anyone here does this.
I started 16:8 around the end of August and then switched to roughly 12:12 after a few weeks. I use the app Zero to track progress. I have lost about 12 pounds which seems like a slow loss, but I found great benefit in resetting my body’s approach to food. I hadn’t realized how much I’d been snacking at night and in general and now I only eat when a absolutely hungry. I definitely recommend IF as a sustainable way to lose a few extra pounds, let your body defend its natural healthy weight, reduce cravings, and have a healthy attitude toward food.
 

Gracie

Sparrow
Woman
I used to but am (1) pregnant so no bueno right now, and (2) found that it negatively impacted my thyroid and adrenals. At the time, I was a fitness instructor teaching 10 high impact classes a week and I was wrecked. I've found that being in a ketogenic state mimics the fasting enough to provide the benefits I'm looking for and I've felt much better since dropping the IF. I think it's great for folks who aren't starting from a metabolically-exhausted place or stressing their bodies in excessive ways. Whatever floats your boat though. :) Everyone's body responds differently.
 

Cpsal

Pigeon
Woman
For some reason I found it a lot easier to fast a couple days then eat the next, so on. I felt it gave my body enough time to really heal itself. I'm currently pregnant so can't fast right now but I miss it for sure.
 

Kitty Tantrum

Woodpecker
Woman
Kind of. Not deliberately or strictly, but I find that when my diet is good, it's what I tend to do naturally.

Espresso with heavy cream late in the morning (10-ish). Then eat something around 2-3PM. Dinner around 6. I usually don't feel like eating anything after that. Some days I have my coffee in the morning, and then just never feel like eating after that - so I don't.

I have to be strict about WHAT I eat, though. The biggest rules are: no grains or legumes, heavily restricted starches, limited sugars. If I stick to that, then I actually feel good, more alert, etc. during fasting hours and between meals. Otherwise, BLEH.

I've lost about 15 pounds just from getting my diet back on track a few weeks ago. Next step is actually counting calories.

I feel like we should have a general health/fitness thread! I've got a lot of work to do in that department. I was chubby basically from puberty until after having kids, then I got in GREAT shape, and stayed that way... until I was bitten by a tick. Nothing ever showed up on any tests, but it was some kind of infection with neurological involvement. Loads of pain. Memory holes. Weird muscle weakness. Trouble walking. Three years and many rounds of antibiotics later, I am seemingly no longer infected... but I AM wrecked. :cool:
 
Kind of. Not deliberately or strictly, but I find that when my diet is good, it's what I tend to do naturally.

Espresso with heavy cream late in the morning (10-ish). Then eat something around 2-3PM. Dinner around 6. I usually don't feel like eating anything after that. Some days I have my coffee in the morning, and then just never feel like eating after that - so I don't.

I have to be strict about WHAT I eat, though. The biggest rules are: no grains or legumes, heavily restricted starches, limited sugars. If I stick to that, then I actually feel good, more alert, etc. during fasting hours and between meals. Otherwise, BLEH.

I've lost about 15 pounds just from getting my diet back on track a few weeks ago. Next step is actually counting calories.

I feel like we should have a general health/fitness thread! I've got a lot of work to do in that department. I was chubby basically from puberty until after having kids, then I got in GREAT shape, and stayed that way... until I was bitten by a tick. Nothing ever showed up on any tests, but it was some kind of infection with neurological involvement. Loads of pain. Memory holes. Weird muscle weakness. Trouble walking. Three years and many rounds of antibiotics later, I am seemingly no longer infected... but I AM wrecked. :cool:

Lyme Disease:

Ticks are nasty carriers of various illnesses.
 

Kitty Tantrum

Woodpecker
Woman
Lyme Disease:
Lyme Disease is the presumed diagnosis... according to approximately 1 in 3 doctors. That's what I assumed it was from the get-go, but without a positive test result it's pretty... well, it's frankly kinda outrageous the way most doctors will straight-up refuse to clinically diagnose a borrelia infection. The Infectious Disease Specialist with his shiny CDC badge basically told me it was impossible to have it and not test positive for it. And that it was also impossible for the first round of antibiotic treatment to have failed.

... but I bet if I sniffled in front of that same doc today, he'd try to tell me I must have COVID. :laughter:
 

Lamkins

Woodpecker
Woman
Thanks everyone. I’ve enjoyed reading about your experiences. We’ve had company this week so lots of eating at odd hours, so I gave up temporarily. Next week I’m going back to it, and I’ll be counting calories too. While I don’t want to go low carb, I’m going to gradually cut back on carbs as well as I’m sure I’m insulin resistant and always have been.
 
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