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Intermittent Fasting

Friday, July 24, 2015

So I've been slightly discouraged lately...ok, for the last 6 months or so...on my progress. I started on a LCHF lifestyle last June and did very well the first 6 months....then it stopped. I started gaining weight and have been struggling within 10-15 lbs up and down since then. I still don't eat wheat or grains and very little sugars but I'm still struggling. Why??

Well, I think I figured it out. Not only was I eating too much fat and protein (too many calories) but I was eating more sugar than I thought. Self sabotage!

So I was doing some research on how to kick my self in the butt and reset my motor and I came across fasting as an option. I wasn't thrilled with the idea because I LOVE TO EAT...but everything I read told me that I would feel great. So, I had my last meal Wednesday night (7/22) around 9pm and I haven't eaten since. It's Friday 7/24 around noon. It's been almost 40 hours since I ate solid food. I have been drinking tea and coffee with a little bit of light cream and water. I feel AWESOME!! Mental clarity, energetic, happy, in control, just really good!! I have had some hunger pangs but if you understand what it means when your tummy growls you will know it doesn't mean your body has to eat. It means your digestive tract is used to working all the time and needs retrained.

I'M ABSOLUTELY NOT PROMOTING "NOT EATING" AS A WAY OF LIFE. Healthy nutritious food is necessary!! I am getting ready to have a small lunch of 2 eggs, a few thin slices of ham, and 5-6 cherry tomatoes., but I am going to continue with a fasting program built into my LCHF lifestyle. I'm trying to decide if I want to go with the 5:2 plan (five days eating - 2 days fasting) or the 16:8 plan (16 hours fasting - 8 hours eating). The 16:8 plan means you don't eat for 16 hours straight and that includes your sleep time, then you eat your entire calories for the day in an 8 hour period. Either in one big feast or in smaller meals...it's up to you. I think smaller meals/snacks would be better. I'm sure both would be successful, I just want to pick the method that fits my lifestyle the best.

I know some people think you need to eat small amounts of food every few hours to keep your body burning and metabolizing but I really don't know if that is true. I've done a lot of reading and research the last few days and our ancestors didn't graze all day.

I'm going to give it a try for the next few weeks and see how it goes. If it works and I feel good, then I'll continue. If it doesn't work or if it is uncomfortable and makes me miserable then I'll continue my journey of finding what is best for me.

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    Thanks everyone! I've decided to move forward with the 5:2 method. Mondays and Thursdays I will fast...only coffee, tea, and water. My one day of fasting last week helped me shed 3-4 lbs so I know this will help get me over my hump. Reducing cheese and nuts has also helped. Geez...seems I'm always learning new things about my habits and my body. As soon as I think I found my way of life, I have to change it!! lol...but I suppose that is normal and nothing ever stays the same.

    I'm really excited about this journey though. I've been reading more about fasting and the many benefits it brings. I'm looking forward to the positive changes I am sure I will gain.

    I'll post an update next week in case anyone is curious.

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    2159 days ago
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    Wow, this is the first I heard of this diet. I am going to do some more reading. Do you have any recommendations?

    I agree with you food should not be a priority it your life.

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    2160 days ago
    Yes, you can definitely overeat on low carb, it's just harder to do than to overeat sugar and starch. I'm frequently eating too much in search of energy. I'm always so tired from not enough sleep and too much stress. I'll bet the IF will definitely help you!
    2162 days ago
    Yes, apparently calories do count even if you cut carbs! I was constantly eating. I really was eating way too much cheese and nuts. I felt "safe" with those choices as a snack but I was eating when I wasn't even hungry...just to eat.

    I'm pretty sure this is what I need. My poor digestive system needs a break. And honestly, I'm tired of food being such a priority in my life. Even when I change my diet drastically, food is still an obsession. That needs to change!

    Food should be fuel, not entertainment!
    2162 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/24/2015 3:57:20 PM
    I have seen a lot of people overeat low carb diets. It's why I always recommend counting calories as well as carbs. Some people get mad when I suggest it. LOL.

    I also do fasting. I do the daily kind.I do the daily 16:8 plan. I don't eat anything after 6 or 7 at night and don't eat until 10 or 11 in the morning. Sometimes I can't make it but I often can. It stopped my night feeding and my constantly wanting to eat all day.
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