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  • yep! like @fr3smyl above me, I've been doing it for a few months with great success...almost 40 pounds since May 2nd...18 pounds from goal! (4:3, usually feast days falling within a 16:8 schedule...with one day a week eating later to have a dinner out with my husband) I've pretty much stopped counting calories at all...…
  • And that is perfectly awesome, for you. :) I truly believe everyone is different as are their macros, calories, timing, rate of loss, and ultimate goals (bmi score etc) But I do wish it could be "ok" for me too, to have found something different from you and others that works for me without being "wrong" because I don't…
  • That's the million dollar question..."can you identify another method that does work for everyone, to lose weight, than maintain a healthy weight" I really don't think you can name..only one. From personal experience I know long term keto followers that lost and are now maintaining, I know weight watcher friends who love…
  • I believe which calories you feed yourself matter. (macros, keto, high-protein, low-fat..whichever fits your needs) I also believe "when" you feed matters. (yep, I'm an IF advocate) Studies show groups simply counting calories lose less than those who follow IF eating the same calories (metabolism differences) *Not sure…
  • Congrats on 16 pounds in a month, woohoo!! Love hearing how you adapt it to your hunger levels, rjason. Also, to answer marina50plus, I do IF but 4:3 and eat within a 16:8 window (so combo of two types) I have a sister who's been doing OMAD since the end of March. She had already lost 70+ pounds but was frustrated with…
  • Totally understood and I hear you. That's the thing...what works for one won't necessarily work for another! :) I can't do simple counting/weighing (makes me hate food and hate the process) and IF works great. For you...IF caused overeating so it didn't work! Thankfully...there's so many ways to tackle…
  • I'm so glad I found this post, and sooo happy for both of your successes so far! (almost gave up on MFP forums due to the negativity towards IF patterns) No two people are identical...and everyone needs to find what works for them in addition to "cico" like...which calories in..and when? (simply counting/weighing foods…
  • Just joined MFP in June, so this will be my first full month to jump into a challenge:) Original starting weight - 196 (May 2) July starting weight - 171 July goal - 166 Ultimate goal - 140ish (depends on fitness/strength) 1st - 171 8th - 169.2 15th - 167.4 22nd - 166.2 28th - 163.8 (posting a day early as goal has been…
  • Just joined MFP in June, so this will be my first full month to jump into a challenge:) Original starting weight - 196 (May 2) July starting weight - 171 July goal - 166 Ultimate goal - 140ish (depends on fitness/strength) 1st - 171 8th - 169.2 15th - 167.4 22nd - 166.2 29th - Total loss for July - -4.8
  • Tried it, and am currently very happily still doing it. I combine 2 schedules, 4:3 (4 feast days eating up to TDEE, 3 fast days of 500 or less calories) ..and I try to eat between 6am when I get home from the gym, up to 2pm (4 o'clock once a week when I go out to eat with my husband) It has worked for me tremendously.…
  • Just joined MFP in June, so this will be my first full month to jump into a challenge:) Original starting weight - 196 (May 2) July starting weight - 171 July goal - 166 Ultimate goal - 140ish (depends on fitness/strength) 1st - 171 8th - 169.2 15th - 167.4 22nd - 29th - Total loss for July - -3.6
  • Although it is difficult to give a range of calories to another person (hopefully they can use an online calculator to figure out the right amount for them)...I do agree with all of your personal notes that are helpful, and always appreciate seeing tips/tricks/methods others use that they have found worked well. :)
  • definitely can over-do calories on keto (as in, it isn't a pass to eat anything/everything in unlimited quantities so long as it is low/no carbs.. like a pound of bacon or burgers without the bun) Also..there are lots of sneaky carb sources that could be sabotaging your efforts. (even too much protein, through…
    in Keto/IF Comment by MerryFit519 July 2021
  • trigger to lose was coming out of quarantine! (felt like I had been in a cave for over a year, eating, drinking, sitting, gaining...) The thing that made the biggest difference was starting out with 4 weeks of strict keto..it broke all of my awful junky carb habits (chips, fries, breads, excess wine etc. I couldn't…
  • Very inspirational, you look great! (and younger! do you think so too?) Also..I'm really disappointed to see members "disagreeing" with your success...very confused as I thought MFP's members normally cheer one another on, as well as cheer at success. :/ How can you disagree with a success picture?? I can only assume it is…
  • Fantastic!! Curious which IF schedule(s) you have done? I'm a huuuge fan of IF, having great success so far (as is my husband, and my sister) Between us, I do 4:3, he's doing a daily 16:8, and my sister is doing OMAD.
  • Just joined MFP in June, so this will be my first full month to jump into a challenge:) Original starting weight - 196 (May 2) July starting weight - 171 July goal - 166 Ultimate goal - 140ish (depends on fitness/strength) 1st - 171 8th - 169.2 15th - 22nd - 29th - Total loss for July - -1.8
  • I have the app on my phone, and when I open Fitbit, it shows my "today" screen (heartrate, sleep, steps etc) at the bottom is a weight and if you click it, it should take you to the next screen where your trend chart will be. :)
  • I totally understand your analogy of the three bears and, I believe that in a way, you're correct. Each person finds what methods/calories/macros/deficits/exercise etc work for them. For sure it may not be the first choice, and may take adjusting, tweaking, experimenting until you get it "just right" (like Goldilocks, heh)…
  • First, sorry for the diagnosis. I'm a cancer survivor and still remember the punch in the gut it was to hear that word come out of the doctor's mouth. (that was almost 26 years ago) ...go kick that cancer in the *kitten*. rawr! Second, congrats on the 11.5 lb loss in 3 weeks!! Off to a great start!! I think your challenge…
  • is it possible to agree to training, IF the training incorporated, say, a healthy protein shake during the workout? Part of training (as I recall from years ago when I worked with a trainer) ..is covering a whole-body wellness, including how to eat to best fuel muscles, fat loss, etc. Not suggesting trying to force-feed or…
  • Totally understood. Her question was actually which other foods could help round out her choices (in addition to beef, eggs, etc) (she wasn't asking "should I do this" or for general nutritional advice, or to be told it was a 'horrible idea') I pointed her to the keto group since part of keto is making sure you are getting…
  • Realized today my arms are now hanging, once again, next to my sides and touching my sides! When I had put on weight during the last year, they kinda stuck out ..like, fat under my arms or from my back made them stick out away from my middle when relaxed. Now..they're back to hanging down where they should be :)
  • Fantastic work!! Also..love your progress pics, because you look so happy and smiley now when you compare your expressions in each :) Be proud, smile big! :)
  • Yikes. Sorry, OP, that you asked a question and have had a lot of responses jumping to conclusions without knowing anything about you as a person, your history, medical history, knowledge, experiences etc. I'm sure it wasn't what you were hoping for with your very first post. :/ I do think there's a keto group here on MFP…
  • Salmon and avocado are great healthy fat sources. :) (ps, look up "Intermittent Fasting", of which there are different styles. It may be easier/better rounded for boosting your progress) :) Best of luck on your last 10 pounds, and on your surgery!
  • Just joined MFP in June, so this will be my first full month to jump in to a challenge :) Original starting weight - 196 (May 2) July starting weight - 171 July goal - 166 Ultimate goal - 140ish (depends on fitness/strength) 1st - 171 8th - 15th - 22nd - 29th - Total loss for July -
  • Couldn't agree more with the bolded piece of this quote! Personally I love the 4:3 plan (and find it easy) for two specific personal reasons: First, when I've done calorie counting alone, I found myself obsessing over food to the point of stressing me out; Not good (for me). Now that I have my routine down, my 3 'fast'…
  • can I ask why you wouldn't commit to a specific pattern? (experimenting I totally understand, like, find the one that will work for you long term that you enjoy and is effective) But..why not commit when you find the one that 'fits' you? As for counting calories on feast days or during feeding windows..I think that is…
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