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The Latest Trend is Fasting: What say you?

Peppegal Posts: 40 Member
edited January 16 in Debate Club
The idea of fasting kind of scared me because I experience low blood sugar. But since I have been eating more fiber I find my blood sugar levels allow me to go further without food or fuel.
Remember those days when the experts said, "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day." What happened to that!

Eight hours of sleep count towards your fasting. What do you think about this idea and have you tried it? Feel free to leave resources to support your claim when necessary. Personal experiences are always welcomed.

Also include how you have been feeling versus the claims from the pros, including; moods, hunger, weightloss, or that you just think it's another trend.

I'm anxious to know!!! ;)



  • glassyo
    glassyo Posts: 6,563 Member
    Let me answer your question with a question.

    Why do you want to fast ?

    Because it's trendy? Because you think it's a magic bullet to weight loss? Because you're just not hungry at times and don't want to force yourself to eat?

    I mean skipping breakfast (or whatever meals) isn't that big of a deal but it's still cico for weight loss.

    I used to do a very loose interpretation of IF. I would basically try not to eat (more like eat very little) during the day so I could save my calories for the night. That changed when I started eating later and later, didn't finish what I'd logged, and started eating it the next day.

    Either way, I stayed on goal (more or less).

    This probably did not help at all. 😀
  • mariashalour
    mariashalour Posts: 2 Member
    Hey hey ! I personally have had a really bad experience with fasting - water fasting, that is, not IF. It triggered again a dormant eating disorder, and I took about three years to recover from it. It also led me to gain a good 7 kilos, which was obviously the reason I intended to fast in the first place. It also took me forever to recover my natural, quite high metabolism. I strongly believe it can trigger binge eating habits.
    That said, I know plenty people who simply don't feel hungry at breakfast, or prefer to sleep a bit longer. That is perfectly fine with them, as they're not "forcing their nature.". So really it depends on how you feel about it.
  • paperpudding
    paperpudding Posts: 7,707 Member
    What say me?

    I say I am better off eating smaller amounts more frequently and I don't do well without breakfast so IF is not for me.
  • MaggieGirl135
    MaggieGirl135 Posts: 666 Member
    @paperpudding I am in complete and total agreement with you on this!
  • lulalacroix
    lulalacroix Posts: 1,059 Member
    I've used intermittent fasting throughout my life generally because I'm often not hungry early in the day. It didn't really help me stay at an acceptable weight as I can just eat too much at night.

    I've also used 5:2 at times when I knew I would need extra calories for an event. It's okay but not something I want to do often. I get grouchy when my calories are too low.
  • Peppegal
    Peppegal Posts: 40 Member
    By experts and pros I mean doctors and qualified people not magazine articles by opinion writers. I've done a lot of research on it and for sure, it's not for everyone. My son is a doctor and we discuss a lot of topics. The biggest problem is so many studies change what previous study said!
  • cmriverside
    cmriverside Posts: 32,397 Member
    Try it. See if it gives you the "results" you are seeking. You still haven't mentioned what it is you want IF to "do" for you.

    For weight loss, IF is no different from any other food-management tool. Eat fewer calories than your particular body needs to maintain its current weight and you will lose weight.

    Finding that number is the #1 most important thing so logging food accurately over time is the best strategy. Doesn't matter the timing.
  • kshama2001
    kshama2001 Posts: 25,701 Member
    I lost almost 40 pounds in 11 months last year fasting on a 12:12 schedule.
  • QuokkaQueen
    QuokkaQueen Posts: 1 Member
    I'm doing 16:8 Intermittent Fasting and so far it's working for me. I've lost a few kilos since starting, whereas I'd found it hard to shift anything in the months beforehand.

    Previously I'd thought I'd hate any form of fasting because I used to feel hungry and snack all the time. Paradoxically, I've found myself less hungry since starting IF so I snack less - even in my eight-hour eating window. It's helpful for stopping me snacking mindlessly in the evenings if nothing else.

    The weight loss approach that works is the one you stick to. Some people love IF, some hate it. It's a good idea to get clearance from your doctor first if you have any medical conditions that could be complicated by fasting.
  • RobertaMoore2022
    RobertaMoore2022 Posts: 8 Member
    What I personally think...
    I am from South of Italy, and my maternal grandparents were from Apulia. My granddad died of Alzheimer at 82, otherwise he was very very healthy, his wife my grandma died at 97, she got diabetes type 2 after menopause, although she had quite a healthy diet.

    ANYWAY, when they were young they used to fast, not because they wanted to, but it was the II world war, there was poverty before it and after. My grandad's family was of farm workers (not owner of land!) and they used to have No breakfast at all or just soup (yeah, vegetables and that is it). They did not have it for breakfast, they used to go to bed at 9, wake up at 4, work until 12 and then have "breakfast" which was...soup and maybe, MAYBE a piece of bread (sometimes stale). They were all slim..but they were healthy?
    Not sure.

    Luckily enough, they managed to get passed the War, got better jobs and had a healthy diet, but still, breakfast..meh. maybe a coffee (home made), rarely milk and never ever croissants. I think they never had that.

    So I think there's a need to divide between the WILL to fast, the NEED to fast (for medical reason) and well, Fasting because you do not have food.

    We have food, plenty. Food is accessible and yes, junk food is even cheaper than proper food in some countries (and I am not talking of 2nd or 3rd world countries- I hate this distinction, but it is to explain myself better). When I was living in central London, I remember that buying fresh fennel would cost me 1.50 pound per piece (back in 2019), and the same in central Dublin, when I moved there. Here In Italy, you can buy 1 kg fennel for max 4 euro (so at least 4 or 5 pieces). Junk Food in London was way too cheap, and in Dublin too, in Italy you have junk food but is as expensive as good food. So I am not sure why, but still, processed food in some countries is cheaper than whole food.
    So yes, we have plenty of food, and we feel the need to fast. Why?

    Do we need to fast to lose weight? Would not not eat better to eat properly during the day, the 5 meals a day rule (not my opinion, doctors ' opinion!), than skip breakfast ?
    Why do we need to workout on an empty stomach?To better perform? To burn more calorie?
    And then, how do we feel after working out on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning?

    I personally can't do it. I tried, but I can't. In the morning, I am hungry. I suffer from PCOS and Hypersulinism, and in the morning I need fuel. I can skip lunch, to be honest, and have an early dinner, but this does not count as fasting.

    That said, I would love to go to a retreat to do fasting, meditation, reading, walks, swim, massages, Spa treatments.. Yet I do not have 5 k to fast :)

    ps: sorry, my English got worse since I got back to Italy :(
  • Peppegal
    Peppegal Posts: 40 Member
    I'm older now and I have trouble losing weight but I have to say I've added fiber and some fasting and I lost 10 lbs!
    I always had an exercise routine so that was never the problem.
    And I do eat my largest meal in the afternoon, not at dinner.
    I love my new routine and I will stick with it.
  • glassyo
    glassyo Posts: 6,563 Member
    Whatever works as long as you're not harming yourself in the process.

    With that 10 lbs, tho, I *am* curious how long it's been since you've lost weight or if you're just starting out or if you also suddenly went low carb or something. :)