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Intermittent Fasting - Is it a good idea?

cheryldumaischeryldumais Posts: 1,557Member Member Posts: 1,557Member Member
Thought this was well written and wanted to hear others' thoughts on it.

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/intermittent-fasting-guide#benefits
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  • Megan_smartiepants1970Megan_smartiepants1970 Posts: 3,435Member Member Posts: 3,435Member Member
    I IF(16:8) I love it ...I do it daily.. :)
  • cheryldumaischeryldumais Posts: 1,557Member Member Posts: 1,557Member Member
    I'm thinking of trying it as I find I'm hungry all the time. I'm in maintenance but seems like food is all I ever think about. Last night I had a larger than normal dinner and didn't eat anything else. I went to bed without feeling deprived at all. I'm beginning to think all my snacks and little meals are just making it harder to stay on track. We'll see if it makes any difference.
  • cheryldumaischeryldumais Posts: 1,557Member Member Posts: 1,557Member Member
    steveko89 wrote: »
    I have an issue with it suggesting that IF inherently "causes" weight loss; you still need a caloric deficit. Just because someone skips breakfast doesn't guarantee a deficit.

    The article I suggested made the statement more than once that you still have to take in fewer calories to lose weight I believe. I understand your point though. I'm in maintenance so my goal is more keeping weight off and feeling more satisfied when I do eat.

  • cheryldumaischeryldumais Posts: 1,557Member Member Posts: 1,557Member Member
    I'm thinking of trying it as I find I'm hungry all the time. I'm in maintenance but seems like food is all I ever think about. Last night I had a larger than normal dinner and didn't eat anything else. I went to bed without feeling deprived at all. I'm beginning to think all my snacks and little meals are just making it harder to stay on track. We'll see if it makes any difference.

    I understand what you mean. I recently tested the OMAD waters for 45 consecutive days during Lent 2019, fasting 22 hours each day and then eating during a very small feeding window of 2 hours, until the sun set. What I discovered is that I enjoy eating big when I eat rather than nibbling all day long with little bitty meals. I went to bed full, slept well and, after a good cup of morning coffee, was good until the following evening when the feeding window opened again.

    You'll quickly discover whether it'll work for you.

    Thanks for sharing that. It's helpful.
  • MyssPhyttMyssPhytt Posts: 51Member Member Posts: 51Member Member
    I've had good results in the past with IF and am currently trying it again. For me, it is an easier way to create a calorie deficit as I tend to mindlessly nighttime snack after already hitting my calories and not really even being hungry. Because of having less "feeding times", I get fuller easier with eating bigger meals and am more satisfied and less likely to snack and I do try to make those meals cleaner too. The worst part for me is that I love breakfast, LOVE coffee (with protein shake added to it as a creamer), and I'm an early morning workout person, so those things make it a bit difficult but its got easier over time. I've found that a 16:8 ratio works best for me. I try to stop eating around 6-7 p.m. and fast until 10-11 a.m., so I can technically still have breakfast, just a little later than normal. I also take pre-workout when I do my morning workout routines. I know that technically this probably breaks a fast, but to me the benefits are far more outweighing.
  • steveko89steveko89 Posts: 1,166Member Member Posts: 1,166Member Member
    steveko89 wrote: »
    I have an issue with it suggesting that IF inherently "causes" weight loss; you still need a caloric deficit. Just because someone skips breakfast doesn't guarantee a deficit.

    The article I suggested made the statement more than once that you still have to take in fewer calories to lose weight I believe. I understand your point though. I'm in maintenance so my goal is more keeping weight off and feeling more satisfied when I do eat.

    I was referring to the bullet list at the beginning where it says "intermittent fasting can help you lose weight and belly fat, without having to consciously restrict calories". That could be easily be misconstrued by a casual reader.

    I'm also a firm believer that IF can be helpful in managing calories; anytime I've tried it I've had positive results and better adherence to my calorie deficit but I find it doesn't align with my training and lifestyle needs so it's not sustainable for me. Between weight training early in the morning before work during the week and the frequency of breakfast gatherings with my wife's family the possible benefits are outweighed by detractors personally.
  • ejdinwiddieejdinwiddie Posts: 6Member Member Posts: 6Member Member
    When it comes to weight loss, everything boils down to caloric deficit. I've tried 16:8 along with my regular MFP tracking and it has helped me limit my calories, but here is my theory why: breakfast and late night snacks in the typical American diet. Doughnuts, bagels, pancakes at breakfast. Ice cream, cookies, pies at night. For some reason, we typically eat or are tempted by the least healthy, most calorie dense foods at these times.

    My worst issue is that even if I eat a healthy breakfast, the carb cravings start back up around 10AM. I think its part of working at a computer all day. So pushing off breakfast helps eliminate the mid morning snack or urge to hit the vending machine before lunch.
  • PapillonNoirePapillonNoire Posts: 42Member Member Posts: 42Member Member
    16:8 is my natural and preferred way to eat; it's how I ate while gaining and losing weight, and still how I eat while maintaining (going on 7 years). In my case, I still had/have to consciously restrict calories. If I were to eat the portions I actually want to, I would absolutely gain weight regardless of IF.
  • awesome_infernoawesome_inferno Posts: 58Member Member Posts: 58Member Member
    The only way I have found that I lose weight and keep it off is to weigh/measure my food, track my calories and exercise, drink lots of water, and eat a diet that is high in protein and low in sugar. I know I like to eat at night, I also know this is not ideal for weight loss. So, I try to keep my day calories low BUT I also know when I am overly hungry, I over eat. I now sip my coffee until about 9am, then I eat a low sugar yogurt (Two Good™ Greek lowfat Yogurt | Light & Fit®) or 1 ounce of mixed nuts. At 12:30 (my lunch break) I eat a turkey burger patty, fish, or chicken with some veggies ( I use butter on the veggies). Then at 5:30 I eat a big salad (no cheese) with chicken and any dressing (measured) I want. If I'm still hungry, a low sugar protein bar (https://thinkproducts.com/en-us/). I measure and weigh everything so I know what my actual caloric intake is. In between all this I drink water or cold brewed tea I've made with no sweetener (https://www.amazon.com/Stash-Herbal-Decaf-Tea-Sampler/dp/B06XHD8PXD/ref=pd_cp_325_3?pd_rd_w=7pq53&pf_rd_p=ef4dc990-a9ca-4945-ae0b-f8d549198ed6&pf_rd_r=FH836YNZNQCAZPPP44MS&pd_rd_r=cfa6f735-8302-11e9-89d0-b7902472ba38&pd_rd_wg=QAzTb&pd_rd_i=B06XHD8PXD&psc=1&refRID=FH836YNZNQCAZPPP44MS).
    On Friday's I eat a donut (work brings them in) and on Saturday's I eat a large portion of whatever I want for dinner (usually takeout). I have lost 30+ lbs in 2 years with not much back sliding. May seem like slow progress to some but again, I have kept it off and it is a lifestyle I can maintain.
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  • sijomialsijomial Posts: 14,792Member Member Posts: 14,792Member Member
    I'm thinking of trying it as I find I'm hungry all the time. I'm in maintenance but seems like food is all I ever think about. Last night I had a larger than normal dinner and didn't eat anything else. I went to bed without feeling deprived at all. I'm beginning to think all my snacks and little meals are just making it harder to stay on track. We'll see if it makes any difference.

    Hungry ALL the time may be a problem - daily time restricted windows often work best when someone is hungrier part of the day and less hungry at other times of the day.

    e.g.
    Someone like me that can easily skip breakfast without being any more (or less) hungry until later in the day so that I can eat more of my daily allowance at my preferred time of day (big dinner + snack).
    I like breakfast but most of the time I don't actually need it.

    Personally though I disliked the rigidity of strict 16:8 fasting and it made me less satiated for the same calorie allowance compared to my more natural breakfast optional style of eating.

    Worth a try though. As would simply be worth trying different numbers, sizes and timing of your meals. (My wife can save a load of calories by skipping or having a very small lunch.)
  • ccrdragonccrdragon Posts: 2,279Member Member Posts: 2,279Member Member
    I naturally do IF, as the thought of eating food shortly after waking up is personally revolting. I eat around noon and then again in the evening, with an occasional snack in the afternoon. I find this also allows me to have larger meals which keeps me satisfied longer.
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