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Fabulous summary of IF benefits.
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Thought this was an interesting point of view to consider.

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6/9/18 3:15 P

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BOLEBRON, I see you are still active on the site. Do you have any updates for us? Any concerns? I've been working on a blog for Intermittent Fasting and would be interested in adding your success story if you have one.


- Kim, PushPedalCrank.com (Intermittent Fasting Blog)

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9/6/16 8:57 P

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Thanks! I need to get another scale that measures fat.

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9/5/16 9:21 P

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Keep us posted. Yes, weight loss slows after a while on IF, like it does with any other method of losing weight. At 1st we lose mostly water weight, not fat. Carb consumption will cause the body to retain more water than other macronutrient (protein, fat) consumption. However, fat burns in the carbohydrate flame and our bodies do need carbs, especially if we are exercising. Salt also causes water retention. I suggest tracking % body fat in addition to weight. Many scales do this via electrical impedance. Another cool tool is Skulpt. Skulpt can measure "muscle quotient" and body fat % for each major muscle group on our bodies, so we know where to concentrate our efforts. ("Spot reducing" with diet is not possible, but we can train weaker body areas with exercise and continue to lose weight.) "Muscle quotient" describes how dense our muscle fibers are. A steak (cow muscle) can be heavily marbled with fat, or a cut of steak can be leaner, and our own muscles are the same.

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9/5/16 8:44 P

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I had not lost any weight this past week and I was constipated for a few days which is unusual for me. This week I am doing better so far but the week is just starting.

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8/24/16 10:12 P

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Yeah, it is easy for me to skip breakfast too. I usually only eat a Greek yogurt anyway.

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8/24/16 9:30 P

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For me some days are worth than others. There are days I waiting anxiously to 1:00 pm so I can eat. Other days I could going if I have to. I am surprise how easy is for me to skip breakfast

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8/24/16 1:05 P

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I was very surprised that I had such a high resting metabolic rate. I've been reading a lot about being fat-adapted and apparently I've been able to get to being that way very quickly. I'm so glad to have really embraced IF. I haven't had any cravings during the day and anytime I feel hungry it is easy to just have some water and know that I will have a really great dinner at the end of the day. I have tons of energy this week. And I'm seeing a difference in my clothing already :) It's been a long hard journey to get to this point. I'm now officially just overweight. I can't wait until I'm able to see that I'm no longer overweight but actually a healthy weight. Baby steps and it feels like I will really get there now. YAY!!!

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8/24/16 10:54 A

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Good job! I agree, that I like to be full, or almost full, sometimes when I eat. One thing I did not like about the 5-6 meals a day approach, is that each meal is 300-400 calories, basically snacking all day and never having a full complement of foods at a single meal. This means one can never eat out. I would rather have 1 real meal + 1-2 snacks.

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8/23/16 9:51 P

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I don't mind the hunger either because when I get to eat, I truly enjoy it. I have lost 8 pounds so far.

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8/23/16 10:24 A

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You are indeed very lucky if you can eat 1800 cal and lose 2 lb per week! I eat about the same amount for maintenance and I am an athlete. I can not lose more than 2 lb per mo max, even if adhering to a very low cal diet perfectly and ramping up the exercise. However, my BMI is at the low end of normal.

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8/22/16 2:02 P

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I find it humorous that the way I ate in high school is actually called something. I just naturally did it back then. I couldn't stand to eat breakfast and the only thing I could eat in the morning was coffee (not really eating). I've just gone back to that and I'm super happy. I'm more alert and awake during the day. I'm fine with the hunger because I get to eat a large dinner. I don't each much during the day because I really don't need much. I don't crave much of anything either. It's at night when I really want to eat. I'm eating around 1800 cal which is actually as low as I should go to lose 2 lbs/week (I found out that I actually have a higher than average metabolic rate. That blew my mind!). My first week and I lost 2.6 lbs.

It really depends on if you are really dieting for the first time or not to see a major drop on the scale as well as how much you have to lose. I very rarely lose more than 2 lbs/week at any given time. My first week at WW didn't even get me more than 1 lbs lost.

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8/21/16 3:12 P

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At first, you probably lost water weight. You will almost always experience a dramatic dip --- 5 lb in a week is a lot!!! --- followed by a slower pace of weight loss, usually 0.5-1.5 lb per week. Are you exercising? I hope things are going well and you get past this plateau. I am on a plateau as well right now, and it is annoying, since I am doing everything "right." However, I am determined to stay on track.

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8/20/16 5:45 P

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Hi! I just joined this team and I found it by chance looking at a team member page. I started intermittent fasting about 3 weeks ago and I still to get adjusted to it. Some days are hungrier in the morning than others. I lose 5 pounds the first week and I have been struggling this past 2 weeks. What's going on? I know that I still to count my calories- long my food- my biggest issue. I am hoping to get tips for this team.

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Hello everyone I am new to the forum. I have am new to Intermittent fasting as well. it has been 2 weeks. I want to get the weight off fairly quickly. I started really eating clean today with just veggies and chicken breast. For dinner I will have fish and a veggie. I have strawberries for a snack.

I am fasting from 8pm to 12:00 pm with an 8 hour window of feasting. i had not lost any weight...probably because I was not eating like I should. I want to lose 40 lbs. Any suggestions on other foods I can eat? I am also a runner. Although I read that exercise a few hours before you break your fast is better. I am unable to do this since I work during that time. So I run in the mornings during my fast at 5:00 am with my husband. Please give me any suggest that you may have to help me to get this weight off. Thank you

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5/20/14 4:57 P

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I am also starving on 500-600 cal per day on 5:2 and prefer 16/8, as it follows circadian rhythms. Snack, if you are hungry, but watch total calories if you are trying to lose weight.

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Yes, I agree that the bulk of veggies helps fill me up when I am trying to keep calories down. That and drinking plenty of water and unsweetened tea. As far as 5:2 versus 16/8, I just do not think 5:2 works as well with circadian rhythm and I can not sleep ravenously hungry! I am rarely hungry at the 16 hr mark and it eliminates night noshing to commit to not eat after a certain time. It is easy to get used to. I tried an elimination of wheat, but I didn't feel better, nor did I lose weight, not a lb. I am not super big on processed foods, crackers, breads, cereals, etc anyway. I do like my sweets, but could live without cakes, brownies, cookies as long as I had a piece of chocolate candy here and there. On the other hand, my dog (Neo Mastiff) has a ton of food allergies and can not eat any commercial dog food. He is allergic to wheat, soy, corn, quick oats, peas, carrots, potatoes, and nearly all other starchy or higher simple sugar veggies and grains. He had to do an elimination diet to cure issues with his stinky ears and skin condition. Eliminating those foods worked very well for him. He can literally only eat hamburger, organ meats, old-fashioned oats, kidney beans and green beans. :-)

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2/17/14 10:33 A

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Hi Everyone! I too am a 5:2 convert to 8:16! :) I usually skip breakfast anyway, so it wasn't hard to switch to this way of eating.

I have SEVERE food allergies, and am starting a 3 week elimination diet today. How this way of eating helps is that the food I need to eat is high in calorie, and I have been successful thus far (down 8 lbs!) in the last month with 8:16. I only eat lunch and dinner, but eat what I need to. (2 oranges, big baked potato with butter right now). It's boring, and I am looking forward to adding broccoli back in 3 weeks! I will keep my chin up.

I found I was much more successful on the days I added veggies (even with butter), so I may stall for a few weeks until I get through this. but it is worth it.



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Hello and welcome, Summer2203! I have been doing 16/8 daily for a couple months straight and I find it really easy to stick to. I haven't tried 5:2, but I imagine that 500 cal would be really hard to stick to, especially if doing vigorous exercise. I typically exercise for about 1.5-2 hrs per day and I like to eat! I like doing daily IF 16/8 because it is in keeping with my body's circadian rhythms. I have only lost 2 lb, but I have only been restricting my calories (to 1900 daily) for 8 days now. Before that, I was eating nearly 2100 cal per day and burning 400-500 cal per day. Let me know how it goes!

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11/3/13 6:26 P

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hi! just wanted to introduce myself :) i started doing 5:2 a couple of weeks ago, and while i really liked it, i was having trouble sticking to 500 cals during my past two fast days...i did some more research, and it seems like 16/8 is a more realistic/better plan for me! i think that on most days, my eating window will be smaller than 8 hours, but i like the flexibility of this! i'm excited to get started (this has been my first official day!) and would love to hear how others are doing!

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10/14/13 7:24 P

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I still count calories, weigh and measure even with 16/8 style intermittent fasting. I agree portion control is the hard part. One must keep calories low enough on any plan or the scale will not budge. There is no magic other than controlling calories and exercising a lot. The one thing I like about IF is it keeps me from eating random stuff at night. Even an occasional night like that can really set back progress!

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10/14/13 6:51 P

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Thanks for the links. I've been trying to find some good books on Amazon also. I'll say I've been in sparkpeople for a really long the so you can look at all the stuff I've tried and the hardest part of it all is porion control.

And intermittent fasting I don't have to aggressively weigh and measure everything or heavily monitor my calorie.

I fall off the wagon a lot but I will probably eat this way for ever

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10/6/13 5:52 P

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Good links. I like Leangains and wish Martin would update it. I do 16/8 usually. How about you Tiger-Plushie?

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8/1/12 1:57 P

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A lot of people hear the word "fasting" and immediately jump to the conclusion of heavily restricting your calorie intake. Intermittent fasting is not about calorie restrictions at all and you can mix any healthy diet into this eating plan.

So, what exactly is "Intermittent Fasting (or "IF" for short)?" You may be ashing at this point. Intermittent fasting is fasting for 16-19 hours a day and eating for 5-8 hours a day. In the time you are allowed to eat, you do not restrict your calories (within reason), you eat whatever you would normally eat spread out during the day. You can pick when your eating time and when your fasting times are. Most people follow a 1pm - 9pm plan or for 5 hour plans, a 1pm to 6pm plan.

Q: Isn't this dangerous?
A: Why would it be? You are eating all your calories, you are not technically starving your body of nutrients it needs to survive. You are just changing WHEN you eat.

Q: Won't I be weak when I'm not eating?
A: Depends on how many calories you are taking in during your eating time. If you're on a very calorie restrictive diet, like 1,200 calories is your max, you might feel a bit weak when you're working out. Just change your workout to when you're in your eating time or shortly after your eating time ends.

Q: I can't handle my stomach growling, what do I do?
A: With any kind of diet and exercise regime, it takes doing it over and over again or building into it to get your body used to it.

Q: No calorie restriction; does that mean I can eat anything I want?!
A: No, you still need to keep your calories within your healthy range and should be eating foods that aren't bad for you.

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* Leangains; the place IF originally started, filled with informative articles.
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* The Hodge Twins; the two muscular twin dudes who made IF popular
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www.youtube.com/user/twinmuscleworko
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