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Why intermittent fasting is so popular now?

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  • shrcprshrcpr Posts: 884Member Member Posts: 884Member Member
    Because the thought of eating 6-8 small meals a per day for the rest of your life is absurd. :) IF on the other hand is simple and sustainable.

    Bless anyone who can do IF, but it would be neither simple nor sustainable for me. On a typical day, I need breakfast when I wake up, I am hungry at 11 (snack), hungry for lunch, hungry at 3 (snack), and hungry for dinner. I am a hangry, hangry person if I don't quell the ghrelin in my stomach. I could never make it to 2:00 pm without eating and NOT bite someone's head off, and I am fairly certain that once I did eat, I would have no problem eating twice my allotted calories for the day. Binge city.

    It's why I'm a fan of CICO - you can eat whatever you want, whatever time of day you want, however many times per day, as long as you burn more calories than you consume in said day. A highly customizable, sustainable, and simple plan that works for everyone.

    +1 for me. That's why we're allowed to eat however we want - because each person needs to find what works for them. IF seems like torture to me because I hate feeling full or feeling hungry. But I can see how it works for a lot of people.
  • 100df100df Posts: 668Member Member Posts: 668Member Member
    I have been eating on an IF schedule for about 25 years. I have maintained, gained and lost weight eating this way.

    I eat too much if I try to eat 3 meals a day on what is considered the normal schedule.
  • DorkothyParkerDorkothyParker Posts: 618Member Member Posts: 618Member Member
    The PM eating thing is *huuuge* for me. It's nice having wiggle room in my calories when I need it most.
    I have been experimenting with IF (depending on your view of butter in coffee and whether that officially "breaks" the fast.) I like it. I like it a lot. Of course, I liked eating three eggs scrambled in cheese for breakfast as well.

    The cool thing is that one can experiment what fits their diet and lifestyle. I exercise on the 16th hour and that seems to be going just fine (HIIT, 25 minutes).
  • GaleHawkinsGaleHawkins Posts: 7,623Member Member Posts: 7,623Member Member
    It seems IF is just a mini way of doing full time nutritional ketosis or can be done on top of nutritional ketosis perhaps to lower insulin even more since fat cannot readily be lost if insulin levels are elevated. Any way of eating that triggers Chaperone Mediated Autophagy (CMA) is thought to be life extending.

    nature.com/cr/journal/v24/n1/full/cr2013153a.html
  • AlphaCajunAlphaCajun Posts: 290Member Member Posts: 290Member Member
    I don't like eating breakfast either.. but now I have a fancy term to tell people what diet I'm on instead of having them glaze over when the words "eat less than you burn" fly out of my mouth... now I'll dazzle em with *kitten*!
    edited April 2016
  • RodaRoseRodaRose Posts: 9,547Member Member Posts: 9,547Member Member
    I have never eaten breakfast. I found that some days I was skipping lunch because of my work situation, and I could wait until supper when I got home around 6:00 pm to eat and have a snack around 9 or 10 pm before bed. Now I plan my daily calories to miss lunch and breakfast.
    edited April 2016
  • jesseyboojesseyboo Posts: 11Member Member Posts: 11Member Member
    Blame The Hodgetwins :p
  • yarwellyarwell Posts: 10,573Member Member Posts: 10,573Member Member
    kimny72 wrote: »
    I don't remember where, but I have read some articles about IF that said it might not work as well for women, that most of the studies done on IF only involved men and that there may be a hormonal issue with women that wasn't taken into consideration. Wish I could remember where I saw that!

    ADF study would be my guess, let's try Varady... https://nutritionj.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1475-2891-12-146 has women in it but didn't comment on adverse effects with women. - Has plenty of links to the (few) other ADF studies.

    http://jdmdonline.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/2251-6581-12-4 is in women and references Heilbronn http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1038/oby.2005.61/full who observed that "Alternate day fasting may adversely affect glucose tolerance in nonobese women but not in nonobese men" :-

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    edited April 2016
  • Dr1nkbleachndyeDr1nkbleachndye Posts: 445Member Member Posts: 445Member Member
    Intermittent fasting isn't a fad or a gimmick or whatever.

    IMost of you have probably overlooked why it is called breakfast.

    I/F isn't rocket science, it works. I also am able to eat like I normally would for dinner, except while eating only once a day. Works great for me
    edited May 2016
  • kimdawnhaydenkimdawnhayden Posts: 298Member Member Posts: 298Member Member
    Because skinny jeans just won't seem to go away. :)
  • MissusMoonMissusMoon Posts: 1,911Member Member Posts: 1,911Member Member
    Because the thought of eating 6-8 small meals a per day for the rest of your life is absurd. :) IF on the other hand is simple and sustainable.

    By why the rules to begin with? I don't eat breakfast. I'm usually not hungry until lunch. I save most of my calories for dinner. I don't need some arbitrary rules or plan to let me eat when I'm hungry and not eat when I'm not hungry. Depending on the source you read, there is a lot, and I mean A LOT of unfounded woo theory and rule making in IF.
  • J72FITJ72FIT Posts: 5,289Member Member Posts: 5,289Member Member
    I did IF for a number of years and it worked great. At that time for whatever reason I was not not much for breakfast so doing a daily 16/8 was perfect.

    Now, again for whatever reason, want to eat within a few hours of getting up. At first I fought it, was miserable and it sucked. Finally gave in by respecting the changes and did not allow myself to get caught up in the dogma (that goes for all diets).

    Would I do it again? Sure! If at some point my hunger patters and lifestyle allow it.
    edited May 2016
  • DKG28DKG28 Posts: 300Member Member Posts: 300Member Member
    it releases people from the culturally conditioned 3 meals a day at assigned times eating plan. I am almost never ready to eat at "normal" times. I naturally gravitate towards a late lunch and early dinner and skipping breakfast. I just have a name for it now.
  • terrishields330terrishields330 Posts: 1Member Member Posts: 1Member Member
    I recently started IF-ing with a Paleo diet spread. Wow!
  • annaskiskiannaskiski Posts: 1,212Member Member Posts: 1,212Member Member
  • getitambgetitamb Posts: 1,915Member Member Posts: 1,915Member Member
    I love it. I do if in a 5:2. And I've been dropping fat like crazy
  • sbw23sbw23 Posts: 11Member Member Posts: 11Member Member
    There was an interesting article though about the rebound impact of IF where your metabolic rate can be suppressed and gain more weight when you stop etc.
  • annaskiskiannaskiski Posts: 1,212Member Member Posts: 1,212Member Member
    sbw23 wrote: »
    There was an interesting article though about the rebound impact of IF where your metabolic rate can be suppressed and gain more weight when you stop etc.

    Where?
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