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  • ErikaGirl1ErikaGirl1 Posts: 45Member Member Posts: 45Member Member
    MelG7777 wrote: »
    I’ve lost 70lbs since June 3rd. I do a few different things but consistently practice IF. I still have about 25-30 to go minimum.
    Great job! I hope I have similar success!
  • MelG7777MelG7777 Posts: 6,853Member Member Posts: 6,853Member Member
    ErikaGirl1 wrote: »
    MelG7777 wrote: »
    I’ve lost 70lbs since June 3rd. I do a few different things but consistently practice IF. I still have about 25-30 to go minimum.
    Great job! I hope I have similar success!

    Thank you!! You will.
  • Sunshine_And_SandSunshine_And_Sand Posts: 1,320Member Member Posts: 1,320Member Member
    I suppose I have accidentally been doing IF this week, if wanting to sleep 15 more minutes and skipping breakfast counts... (Yes, I know that technically there’s no way to “skip breakfast”). I have been a long time morning meal before work eater because I like “breakfast” type food.
    I was actually surprised to find that not eating before work has decreased my mid-morning hunger. Who knows if that’s a coincidence/fluke that will change or if it’s going to be consistent. TBH, I’ve made no attempt to test or rule out other factors for this change and probably won’t. I’ve also noticed the desire for afternoon binge snacking is gone. Again, haven’t done any real experimenting to see if the “IF” has anything to do with it or not. I’m leaning toward the slightly bigger lunch as the reason for that. Snacking after dinner has never been an issue for me anyway.
    So far, I’m finding it easier to hit a calorie target this way.
    Honestly though, if I started feeling hungry in the mornings, I’d probably not bother making any efforts to stick it out to see if I get used to it. I’d just go back to my morning oatmeal.
    No form of IF is magic though. ANY diet that works to produce actual fat loss (water weight isn’t the same thing) works because you were in a calorie deficit.
    edited February 12
  • Switty_KittySwitty_Kitty Posts: 593Member Member Posts: 593Member Member
    ErikaGirl1 wrote: »
    MelG7777 wrote: »
    I’ve lost 70lbs since June 3rd. I do a few different things but consistently practice IF. I still have about 25-30 to go minimum.
    Great job! I hope I have similar success!

    What approach have you ladies been taking? I just started 16:8. I am desperately hoping this is what my body needs to "let go" of the weight I can't seem to lose.
  • jenmel124jenmel124 Posts: 1Member Member Posts: 1Member Member
    I'm on my third day of fasting 16/8 and it seems very doable. My food is generally unprocessed and no refined carbs, about 50% of my diet is healthy fats. I hiked 10miles fasted today and felt amazing. I'm hoping to see improvements in my mental health and lose the last few pounds of body fat I dont need 👍
  • ErikaGirl1ErikaGirl1 Posts: 45Member Member Posts: 45Member Member
    ErikaGirl1 wrote: »
    MelG7777 wrote: »
    I’ve lost 70lbs since June 3rd. I do a few different things but consistently practice IF. I still have about 25-30 to go minimum.
    Great job! I hope I have similar success!

    What approach have you ladies been taking? I just started 16:8. I am desperately hoping this is what my body needs to "let go" of the weight I can't seem to lose.


    Well I originally wanted to do 16:8 when I started mid January so I try to keep it at Atleast 16:8 but due to schedule especially during work hours it typically ends up being longer fasting times like 18:6 or sometimes longer even, I haven’t lost any additional weight per week yet adding in IF. Just been the same amount weekly I was losing prior dieting and exercising without IF. But going to try it about two more weeks before just going back to regular diet and exercise.

    Are you exercising and calorie restricting too?
  • Nanaluvs2sweatNanaluvs2sweat Posts: 97Member Member Posts: 97Member Member
    I started IF in Jan of this year. I do 18:6, 1500 cal, low carb and regular exercise. I’ve lost 19 lbs as of this morning.
  • reddwarf63reddwarf63 Posts: 24Member Member Posts: 24Member Member
    I do 20:4 as i find its the easiest way to lose weight
  • wannabesmaller2017wannabesmaller2017 Posts: 432Member Member Posts: 432Member Member
    Do you all do “clean” fasting or “dirty” fasting? I still put cream in my coffee with some almond milk. I’m trying to slowly limit it over time to go to strictly black coffee. Also I try to do 18:6.
  • mmapagsmmapags Posts: 8,650Member Member Posts: 8,650Member Member
    Do you all do “clean” fasting or “dirty” fasting? I still put cream in my coffee with some almond milk. I’m trying to slowly limit it over time to go to strictly black coffee. Also I try to do 18:6.

    Define "clean" or "dirty" using universally accepted definitions as it relates to nutrition.
  • NightTrane_79NightTrane_79 Posts: 1Member Member Posts: 1Member Member
    I have a question for all. Hopefully someone can answer it.

    I work 12 hour shifts 7a-7p Sun-Wed and exercise those days from about 4:30-5:30. What would be the best time to fast? Is it okay to workout and not eat afterwards?
  • NovusDiesNovusDies Posts: 7,058Member, Premium Member Posts: 7,058Member, Premium Member
    I have a question for all. Hopefully someone can answer it.

    I work 12 hour shifts 7a-7p Sun-Wed and exercise those days from about 4:30-5:30. What would be the best time to fast? Is it okay to workout and not eat afterwards?

    Only you can answer that question. You may not be able to easily do any on days you work or you might find it incredible easy because work distracts you.

    Eating food is first and foremost about acquiring energy to fuel your bodily processes and your ability to move. If you feel sluggish and you are unable to perform your job well that is no good. If you feel fatigued and you cannot exercise the way you want that is also bad.

    Losing weight is about finding a balance between creating a small energy deficit that forces your body to use stored energy to compensate while leaving you with enough energy to navigate your day. If the deficit is too steep your body will react negatively and it will begin to slow you down in an effort to preserve itself because at a certain point your body will stop using fat and start using lean body mass like muscle to help cover the energy shortage.

    Meal timing is not really that important to weight loss. It might, however, be important for energy management and to avoid feeling miserably hungry too often. You may be very dependent right now on how and when you get food. You may not be.

    The best way is to experiment. You could try eating 2 hours later than normal or stop eating 2 hours earlier than normal and see how that feels for a week then build on it or perhaps decide to go a different path.

    There are many different ways to create a calorie deficit. This one is popular because it is easy for some people to implement. It may also be popular because it may help some people let go of notions that specific food is required to lose weight and you must deprive yourself of all treat food.

    Weight loss is not assured. In fact, from experience, I can tell you that weight gain is entirely possible. I have been doing what the internet now calls 18:6 for most of my life because it came naturally. I have gained a lot of weight in that time. Now that I practice portion management I have lost a lot of weight.
  • glwageglwage Posts: 375Member Member Posts: 375Member Member
    I started a 16/8 intermittent routine at the beginning of the new year. So far I have lost 13.5 lbs. and it's been really easy. I have also increased my aerobic exercise which of course has contributed to the weight loss. Using the Fitness Pal calorie counter has helped immensely! Weigh, measure religiously, document and the weight comes off!
  • ndutyme10ndutyme10 Posts: 11Member Member Posts: 11Member Member
    I am doing 16:8 IF and I am losing slower maybe because i chose to only use .5 pounds a week. Just recently changed it 1 lb will see if I can sustain it.
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