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8/10/20 8:04 P

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Hi! I appreciate what you wrote, K4KETO. I am 50, long postmenopausal and have dropped from 320 to 289. I know what you mean about feeling freer eating this way. I don't feel compulsive or addicted to food. I am doing low carb-about 50 carbs a day-due to Doctor's advice. How long have you been doing Keto? How do you feel? I am thinking about going back to Keto as I like living that way. Not the cheapest way to live but I liked the results. I have found going on and going off it that the weight is harder to lose. Have you experimented like that? I added intermittent fasting and think that has been helpful also. I go from about 10:30 to 8 PM and rarely feel hungry All the best to you in your weight loss journey. Maura

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7/13/20 10:07 A

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I've been IF for a couple years along with keto. I've lost 50+ lbs and am post menopausal so pretty happy with that. I eat my 1st meal @11am then have dinner @5pm. I feel free eating this way and my whole relationship with food has changed -- honestly, it's kinda magical, lol. I think IF has helped with that but honestly it's probably more due to the keto imo.

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7/11/20 7:03 P

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I tried eating every other day with one 500 calorie meal on the "fast day" and it almost led to an eating disorder. I was fasting one day per week with great results before the Corona Virus. Being stuck at home with a family that wants to eat makes it hard to fast at all and I've gained 15 pounds since March! I'm going to go back to once a week fast. I figure it's all really calories in vs calories out. I have a hard time counting calories and tracking food. I figure it's easier for me to go a day without eating rather than "dieting" everyday. It was working for me before and it isn't really that hard. I figure I can do anything for a day.

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7/6/20 3:15 P

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I'm not fasting but I've been reading up on autophagy and it sounds interesting. But for decades now we've been warned to be careful of "starvation mode," so I don't know if I wanna risk trying it because I already have health issues. But then some say fasting is the best thing for my health issues, while some say it's dangerous.

OMG I don't freaking know what to believe anymore, it's always, always changing! Go high carb; no go low carb. No, low fat. No, high fat; stay away from low fat/fat free options, they make you fat. Don't eat too much red meat; eat red meat, just don't eat grains. Okay eat grains, but don't eat more than 4 eggs per week. Or have all the eggs you want, they're good for you. Dairy helps you burn fat; no, dairy is just propaganda, cut it out, it's unnatural for humans. Eat three meals a day; no, eat six. Strike that-- one meal a day may be best... or maybe just eat every other day. Don't fast at all, it'll ruin your metabolism. Scratch that; juice fast. Or water fast. Oooh, try dry fasting. Wait, no... fasting is still unhealthy; don't fast. I think... emoticon

They all show "science" to back them up but not being a scientist I have no idea if the science behind anything is sound. It's enough to drive you nuts. I really just wanna do what's best for my body, why does it have to be so complicated, kwim?

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7/4/20 4:48 P

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I think it depends a lot on how it fits into your lifestyle. I did really well with 16:8 for a while in the past. I set my window to eliminate night-time snacking, which was helpful for my nutrition as well as my weight, and it felt like a really healthy discipline at the time. However, now my schedule is different, and 16:8 would mean having to pack most of my meals and eat them at work. Although I *could* do that, it really isn't what I want right now. I enjoy cooking meals at home (and eating them right away when they are their best, not just packing things ahead for the week. I like cooking both breakfasts and dinners, which means they need to be separated by more than 8 hours on most work days. I am now starting one 36 hour fast each week. Again, this works for me now. I ride horses competitively, and really don't like to ride when I am fasted more than about 9 hours. I just don't feel my strength and quickness are as sharp. I need that when working with 1000 lb animals, and when trying to make progress with something that takes strength and coordination. However, right now, it is practical to schedule one day off from riding with lighter exercise that isn't as focused. So the 36 hour fast does work for me. Honestly, I haven't found that IF looses weight any better for me than any other similar diet. However, I do believe in the idea that we are not meant to be full all the time, and that occasional fasting is good for preventing diabetes and maintaining healthy glucose levels and insulin patterns.

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7/4/20 10:13 A

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I do IF most of the time. It really helps, not so much with weight, but with energy and focus. I have almost 60# still to lose, so I am in this journey for quite a while. Bone broth and anti-inflammatory choices really, really make a difference for me!

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7/2/20 12:42 A

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Yes! I’m now on my third month! I eat every day, but postpone breakfast. No snacking. Reduced carbs and sugar. It works! Check out Dr. Jason Fung (SP team) for tips and support.
I wrote this blog in June. I love how intermittent fasting has changed my body.
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6/26/20 11:03 A

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Try to extend your fast time to 15/9. 16/8 was too stringent for me, but the 9 hour windows kept me from eating n the evening.

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11/13/19 3:47 P

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I tried IF for a few weeks 16/8 and absolutely nothing changed with my body, except that I got headaches when I wasn't eating. I exercise (cardio/strength) 6x a week and walk my dog 3x a day.

I don't overeat.

Frustrating.

FYI: I lost 70 lbs over a year. Kept off for 2 years - but last 3-4 months, put back on 10 lbs and 5 inches.

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11/2/19 10:25 P

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Just started IF: have done two weeks in a row with one 24 hour fast day. Feel great, but wondering when would be time to try to do a 36 hour or longer fast: some of the health benefits are said to kick up after 3 or 4 days. If I'm water fasting for that long, do I need supplements?



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10/31/19 6:37 P

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I have been quite successful with IF...however, I'm in vacation now. I'm sure I've gained weight few lbs this werk! I'm leaving for home tomorrow. I am going to start over. I want to lose about 5-7 lbs





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10/25/19 9:09 P

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I did it for about 6 months back in 2016. I was also doing Whole 30 at the time. I lost 15 pounds on Whole 30 quite effortlessly. Then plateaued. Was doing a lot of research back then into LCHF lifestyle and of course happened upon the IF stuff.

I did the 16/8 program, with the occasional 24-48 hour fast. I felt great and it kick-started my weight loss so I dropped another 5 or so pounds. Maybe more.

But here's the rub: I have a lot of eating disorders in my background from when I was young. And they're always there waiting to be triggered. After a while I noticed that I was not eating more than I was eating, and obsessing about not eating.

So that was the end of IF for me. I think it's great, unless you're prone to eating disorders. Then it can be dangerous.



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10/10/19 6:17 P

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Intermittent fasting is amazing and has changed my life! I stumbled onto it more than 2 years ago when my doctor, who is a DO, recommended it because I had a really bad case of Eczema and she thought it was due to chronic inflammation.

Since then, I've never looked back. I do 16/8 daily and often do a weekly 24 hour fast. I initially lost 15 pounds and have maintain my weight since. If I go on vacation, I eat normal and then start fasting when I am back home and weight goes back down.

IF says me time, effort, money and I feel great! This is just my experience but I think it's a lifelong lifestyle for me, I can't imagine going back to eating three times a day.

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8/21/19 11:27 A

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I've been doing IF since January, and was doing Really Well -- Down 35 Pounds!! But for the past couple of weeks I've been Stuck Weight Wise.
According to the Nutrition Tracker, I'm not eating Enough! So ... This Week's Plan is to Increase my Calories a bit with some Good Protein Snacks.
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8/5/19 11:36 A

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@TRUEPEACENIK "...close the kitchen for the night at 7 pm." That's a terrific idea!

Edited by: LIVEANDLAUGH at: 8/5/2019 (11:36)
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7/11/19 5:14 A

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Day 2 of my OMAD (one meal a day). I did great yesterday. I eat my one meal at dinner time with hubby.



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6/30/19 6:55 A

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Nice to read your post. I just started doing IF since 3 days, it is early days, can do 12 to 13 hours, but I think I feel a bit like your message. It controls eating.



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Any ideas for night shift workers with rotating schedules?

Make it happen- just one step at a time!


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5/4/19 5:16 P

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I’m just on my second week of IF. I’m fasting 16-18 hours a day and getting used to it. I thought it would be hard to quit that evening snacking but it hasn’t been too bad. I feel like I’m getting my eating in control. I’ve been told I’m pre-diabetic and my fasting blood sugars have been 110-126 in the past. Now they’ve been in the low 80’s. So I plan to keep it up. Also, my heartburn and bloating has diminished. I sure hope to lose some weight.

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4/18/19 3:19 P

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I think it depends what type of personality you are I have found IF doesn't work for some people, and for me I tried it for awhile, and it worked. It is to hard to stay on it if you have some depression. My son is doing it now and really loves it. We are both goal oriented people, the challenge of completing tasks is the thing we like.

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2/23/19 2:34 P

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For me, I don't think it's actually the act of the intermittent fasting itself that helps, but rather the satiety factor. By disciplining myself to eat at certain times I gain some measure of control, but additionally by compressing my period of food intake I increase the quantity per sitting which helps me avoid being hungry or even thinking about food well beyond the end of my last meal and by then it's time to go to sleep and then when I wake up it takes a while for hunger to rear its head. Even if I get hungry a little early, it's usually much easier to hold off after having had no food for a while than it would be if I had eaten a few hours before, for whatever reason. It's very easy to skip snacking altogether and I find that snacks just tend to make me hungry. So even if the fasting itself is not really the reason for losing, it certainly makes self-discipline easier, at least for me it does?

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2/23/19 10:24 A

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I tried IF last year and I didn't lose any weight either. I'm doing much better this year, down 9 lbs since 1/5. I'm tracking and keeping the carbs per day and calories down. I eat 3 meals and snacks and I'm never hungry.

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2/23/19 9:26 A

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I went to a public lecture at the medical school last month. The topic was the latest research on caloric control and time-restricted eating. Their experiment revealed that people who ate during a 6 hour window did much better than the people who ate during a 12 hour window. The diet was exactly the same for both groups.

The next day, I started limiting intake to between noon and 7 pm (more or less). I expected that I would lose weight. It's been almost a month, and NOTHING.

The study didn't measure weight loss, though. They had 9 measures of aging. Maybe I'm younger, but I'm not any thinner.



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I started Intermittent fasting 2 weeks ago in desperation--I'm 60 and when I was 32 I began having severe heartburn at night. I found it seemed to be associated to fat intake. When I went to a very low fat diet, it helped for a few years, but in the last 10 years, nothing has helped. I don't want to take medication, and I've done every herbal and dietary thing I could think of. No matter what, I'd wake up at least once a night with it. So I decided (with God's help) that I just needed to give up dinner. The first few nights were tough because I was very emotionally attached to fixing that meal after work every night, and I thought I was doing my husband a big favor fixing him a good meal (he's one of those always thin people!). But he's been very happy fixing himself something simple, and I have been fine eating just a moderate breakfast and a good lunch. I'm not even hungry anymore in the evening! At any rate, I notice that not only is my energy much better, probably because for the first time in years, I'm sleeping through the night, but I'm losing weight, which I thought was impossible after menopause. I don't know what the end result will be, but I joined here to try to be sure I'm meeting my nutritional needs on only 2 meals a day. I usually have breakfast about 7:30, then lunch around 12:30, and don't eat again for the rest of the day. I'm especially wanting to be sure I don't miss out on enough microminerals and protein as a I age. I'm glad there are others who are on this journey! I hope I can also lose 40 pounds, but I guess God and my body will figure that one out.

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10/24/18 1:20 P

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I do 5:2 intermittent fasting - 2 days of eating around 500-600 calories and eating within my regular calorie range the other 5 days. On my fast days I skip breakfast and eat lunch around 1PM, so that's about 17-18 hours of not eating between dinner and lunch. I have been doing this for more than 1.5 years and it has really helped re-set my appetite.

Since I exercise before I go to work in the morning on my non-fast days I like to eat breakfast those days or I get too hungry, so doing a limited window of eating hours those days would not work for me.

There are so many different types of IF schedules, I think it's easy to find one that works for you - none of them are perfect, because the only perfect program is the one that you would stick with and be happy with!

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10/4/18 11:56 P

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I actually don't have much of a problem with hunger. With me, it's just a matter of adjusting habits. I get stuck in a rut and then need a boost to get out. I try to avoid low carb unless I want to cut some pounds in a hurry because it gets me in the habit of too much fat and protein and if I let it get out of control it gets ugly. I don't really have much problem with staying within a calorie range or doing x amount of exercise, it's just a matter of getting into new habits every so often to escape the new rut that I got stuck in since the last shake-up.

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Reddit has a OMAD group, although I suspect the demographics are students and workers under 30. fwiw, Low carb is known to reduce hunger by cutting out simple carbohydrates, so could be used as a transition.

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I've been doing the 8 hours eating and 16 fasting for over a year and during that time I've got my Diabetes under control, so at this point, I think I will also switch to two meals and an even longer fasting period. Doc took me off meds over a year ago and I didn't know how IE would affect my glucose, but since my last six-month checkup shows an a1c of 5.0 it would seem to be under control.

I'm not low carb (although I do try to avoid simple carbs) and wondered how I would do just by sticking to my SparkPeople calorie range eating pretty much what I want and it would seem to be doing very well, so I've hit another weight plateau and it's time for changes again and two meals with a longer fast sounds like a doable one. I think I'll also switch up my strength routine and intensify cardio a little with some high intensity intervals.

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I started last week, trying the 5:2 method, eat "normal" 5 days per week, and only 500 cal. on two days with an 18 hr fast on those days (first meal at noon). So far so good, nothing lost yet, but I've been having a hard time lately. Menopause has really messed with my weight and feeling well. Hoping that this will help me reset. Off course the normal eating days can't be extreme, I try to stick to healthy food in reasonable portions.




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I started last week, trying the 5:2 method, eat "normal" 5 days per week, and only 500 cal. on two days with an 18 hr fast on those days (first meal at noon). So far so good, nothing lost yet, but I've been having a hard time lately. Menopause has really messed with my weight and feeling well. Hoping that this will help me reset. Off course the normal eating days can't be extreme, I try to stick to healthy food in reasonable portions.




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Has anyone tried intermittent fasting?
I mean the easy way which means having a short 'eating window',
breakfast at 11:00 am and dinner at 5:00 pm.
I would ideally like to move on to OMAD, one meal a day. People seem to have great success with that and it would stop me obsessing about food all the time and thinking, 'What the hell!'

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