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Diet / Intermittent Fasting
« on: December 24, 2008, 08:04:08 PM »
I did a quick search and didn't find any recent discussion on intermittent fasting, so I thought I would go ahead and throw it out there for anyone looking for alternative eating methods.

I've recently started intermittent fasting, been going for about 4 weeks now. Before this I was doing strict paleo, 5-6 small meals a day. I kept on this for months, and I did in fact see results. Eventually, though, these results plateaued and I was getting frustrated, bored, and sick of food. Well, I am very glad I found intermittent fasting. In the first 2 weeks I started seeing a difference. I've lost inches around my waste and feel great.

Brief concept:

The execution of intermittent fasting is just like it sounds. Fasting in somewhat irregular intervals. There are many ways to do it but basically they either involve having a smaller eating window throughout the day, or eating one day and nothing else for 24 hours. I have been mixing it up a little, alternating between a smaller eating window and eating a full day with a 24 hour fast after. I mostly do the smaller eating window though, eating between the hours of 12-6pm, and I have really enjoyed it so far.

My experience on it:

Intermittent fasting(IF) has made me feel a lot more free every day. No longer does my day revolve around food. I don't have to waste time in the morning on breakfast. I don't have to stop whatever I'm doing to eat, and it is liberating. Another benefit I have found is that there isn't as much temptation. For me it is easier to not cheat with this method. Also, I don't know about anyone else, but I like to feel full after eating. Not stuffed, but satisfied. When I ate every 3 hours or so I was rarely satisfied after a "meal" (if you can call it that) and that made it much easier to overeat on subsequent meals. Not to mention trying to time eating with pre and post workout, agh it was such a hassle.

I can't possibly do the topic of IF justice, so if you are looking for an eating plan, sick of your current diet, or if you're just curious about IF, check out this site http://www.theiflife.com for more information. This site explains all the science and methods behind intermittent fasting.

It might not be for everyone, but the key to healthy eating is finding a diet you can stick to; IF works for me (so far), and maybe it can work for you.

Anyone else have experience with IF? Thoughts?
 

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