Intermittent fasting!

I’ve been doing intermittent fasting since Sunday while remaining in a caloric deficit! So far I’m really enjoying it! It works great for my lifestyle & makes my relationship with food SO MUCH BETTER.

I feel like I’m leaning out but the scale isn’t moving much which is to be expected but I’m wondering how long it takes for your body to adjust to IF?!

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  • bpotts44
    bpotts44 Posts: 1,066 Member
    Your liver stores enough glycogen to keep your blood sugar even for at least 24 hours. Therefore you have adjusted. IF is not magic. I think it helps with maintaining the caloric deficit because you are limiting when you are eating. For me I'm very busy in the morning anyway and I don't get hungry until lunch. Then I'm not hungry again all day. However, you are losing weight because of a caloric deficit.
  • NovusDies
    NovusDies Posts: 8,940 Member
    If you are talking about your hunger lessening in the morning time I have heard it takes 2 weeks for some people and I have heard for some people it never happens.

    I don't remember ever actually choosing to skip breakfast. For me this is natural and has been for a very long time. I wish it were not so natural on the weekends but for me there are consequences to eating in the morning that are best avoided.
  • mouthynme2
    mouthynme2 Posts: 1 Member
    I haven't eaten breakfast since I was in my teens. It seems like if I eat in the morning I feel hungry all day long and then end up eating way too much later. I'm a back once again because of the steriods I had to take for my lungs. Now that my lungs are better here I am with 35 xtra pounds...UGH! What I do know for sure is I have a 52 mile backpacking hike coming up on September 10th and I need to get this weight off before the hike. I haven't stepped on a scale since I started cutting back. It would just discourage me. Maybe tomorrow will be the big weigh in day. Right now want to think up a good nickname for my page here...
  • leasah
    leasah Posts: 107 Member
    If you feel leaner than that is all that matters, rock on. I have been IF for several months now and keto for a year and a half prior. I may be in the minority here but I do think there is an adjustment period. I skip breakfast to allow for an overnight fast of 16-18 hours and initially it was tough some days, now it is super easy and I eat when I'm hungry instead of following a clock to know it is lunch or dinner.
  • LauraSrock18
    LauraSrock18 Posts: 125 Member
    edited August 2018
    To clarify, I was referring to hunger in the mornings & the eating window feeling natural, for the adjustment. not a sudden drop in weight!
  • livingleanlivingclean
    livingleanlivingclean Posts: 11,755 Member
    To clarify, I was referring to hunger in the mornings & the eating window feeling natural, for the adjustment. not a sudden drop in weight!

    I wouldn't force IF - it's something I'd do if it felt natural to do it. If you are forcing it, i think it could lead to overeating when you actually get to eat.
  • AnvilHead
    AnvilHead Posts: 18,360 Member
    To clarify, I was referring to hunger in the mornings & the eating window feeling natural, for the adjustment. not a sudden drop in weight!

    I wouldn't force IF - it's something I'd do if it felt natural to do it. If you are forcing it, i think it could lead to overeating when you actually get to eat.

    ^ This is a valid point worthy of consideration. I do IF because it does feel natural to me. I'm not particularly hungry in the morning and I'm very hungry in the evening, so it works for me to skip breakfast, have a decent lunch and a big dinner/dessert.

    Experiment with what feels best to you in terms of satiety. Some people do best on multiple small meals spread throughout the day, some do better with 2-3 meals, some get along just fine on one meal a day. There's no wrong answer - whichever one fits your preferences the best is the one which will be most successful for you. Don't force yourself into an eating pattern you struggle with.