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2/23/19 2:34 P

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For me, I don't think it's actually the act of the intermittent fasting itself that helps, but rather the satiety factor. By disciplining myself to eat at certain times I gain some measure of control, but additionally by compressing my period of food intake I increase the quantity per sitting which helps me avoid being hungry or even thinking about food well beyond the end of my last meal and by then it's time to go to sleep and then when I wake up it takes a while for hunger to rear its head. Even if I get hungry a little early, it's usually much easier to hold off after having had no food for a while than it would be if I had eaten a few hours before, for whatever reason. It's very easy to skip snacking altogether and I find that snacks just tend to make me hungry. So even if the fasting itself is not really the reason for losing, it certainly makes self-discipline easier, at least for me it does?

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2/23/19 10:24 A

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I tried IF last year and I didn't lose any weight either. I'm doing much better this year, down 9 lbs since 1/5. I'm tracking and keeping the carbs per day and calories down. I eat 3 meals and snacks and I'm never hungry.

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2/23/19 9:26 A

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I went to a public lecture at the medical school last month. The topic was the latest research on caloric control and time-restricted eating. Their experiment revealed that people who ate during a 6 hour window did much better than the people who ate during a 12 hour window. The diet was exactly the same for both groups.

The next day, I started limiting intake to between noon and 7 pm (more or less). I expected that I would lose weight. It's been almost a month, and NOTHING.

The study didn't measure weight loss, though. They had 9 measures of aging. Maybe I'm younger, but I'm not any thinner.



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2/16/19 1:35 P

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I’ve always been a breakfast skipper, so shifting my window wasn’t a big deal. I have a reminder on my phone to close the kitchen for the night at 7 pm.



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11/10/18 7:25 P

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I started Intermittent fasting 2 weeks ago in desperation--I'm 60 and when I was 32 I began having severe heartburn at night. I found it seemed to be associated to fat intake. When I went to a very low fat diet, it helped for a few years, but in the last 10 years, nothing has helped. I don't want to take medication, and I've done every herbal and dietary thing I could think of. No matter what, I'd wake up at least once a night with it. So I decided (with God's help) that I just needed to give up dinner. The first few nights were tough because I was very emotionally attached to fixing that meal after work every night, and I thought I was doing my husband a big favor fixing him a good meal (he's one of those always thin people!). But he's been very happy fixing himself something simple, and I have been fine eating just a moderate breakfast and a good lunch. I'm not even hungry anymore in the evening! At any rate, I notice that not only is my energy much better, probably because for the first time in years, I'm sleeping through the night, but I'm losing weight, which I thought was impossible after menopause. I don't know what the end result will be, but I joined here to try to be sure I'm meeting my nutritional needs on only 2 meals a day. I usually have breakfast about 7:30, then lunch around 12:30, and don't eat again for the rest of the day. I'm especially wanting to be sure I don't miss out on enough microminerals and protein as a I age. I'm glad there are others who are on this journey! I hope I can also lose 40 pounds, but I guess God and my body will figure that one out.

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10/24/18 1:20 P

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I do 5:2 intermittent fasting - 2 days of eating around 500-600 calories and eating within my regular calorie range the other 5 days. On my fast days I skip breakfast and eat lunch around 1PM, so that's about 17-18 hours of not eating between dinner and lunch. I have been doing this for more than 1.5 years and it has really helped re-set my appetite.

Since I exercise before I go to work in the morning on my non-fast days I like to eat breakfast those days or I get too hungry, so doing a limited window of eating hours those days would not work for me.

There are so many different types of IF schedules, I think it's easy to find one that works for you - none of them are perfect, because the only perfect program is the one that you would stick with and be happy with!

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10/4/18 11:56 P

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I actually don't have much of a problem with hunger. With me, it's just a matter of adjusting habits. I get stuck in a rut and then need a boost to get out. I try to avoid low carb unless I want to cut some pounds in a hurry because it gets me in the habit of too much fat and protein and if I let it get out of control it gets ugly. I don't really have much problem with staying within a calorie range or doing x amount of exercise, it's just a matter of getting into new habits every so often to escape the new rut that I got stuck in since the last shake-up.

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10/4/18 6:29 P

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Reddit has a OMAD group, although I suspect the demographics are students and workers under 30. fwiw, Low carb is known to reduce hunger by cutting out simple carbohydrates, so could be used as a transition.

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NITEMAN3D's Photo NITEMAN3D Posts: 16,852
10/3/18 4:55 A

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I've been doing the 8 hours eating and 16 fasting for over a year and during that time I've got my Diabetes under control, so at this point, I think I will also switch to two meals and an even longer fasting period. Doc took me off meds over a year ago and I didn't know how IE would affect my glucose, but since my last six-month checkup shows an a1c of 5.0 it would seem to be under control.

I'm not low carb (although I do try to avoid simple carbs) and wondered how I would do just by sticking to my SparkPeople calorie range eating pretty much what I want and it would seem to be doing very well, so I've hit another weight plateau and it's time for changes again and two meals with a longer fast sounds like a doable one. I think I'll also switch up my strength routine and intensify cardio a little with some high intensity intervals.

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9/27/18 1:56 P

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I started last week, trying the 5:2 method, eat "normal" 5 days per week, and only 500 cal. on two days with an 18 hr fast on those days (first meal at noon). So far so good, nothing lost yet, but I've been having a hard time lately. Menopause has really messed with my weight and feeling well. Hoping that this will help me reset. Off course the normal eating days can't be extreme, I try to stick to healthy food in reasonable portions.




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I started last week, trying the 5:2 method, eat "normal" 5 days per week, and only 500 cal. on two days with an 18 hr fast on those days (first meal at noon). So far so good, nothing lost yet, but I've been having a hard time lately. Menopause has really messed with my weight and feeling well. Hoping that this will help me reset. Off course the normal eating days can't be extreme, I try to stick to healthy food in reasonable portions.




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9/27/18 8:38 A

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Has anyone tried intermittent fasting?
I mean the easy way which means having a short 'eating window',
breakfast at 11:00 am and dinner at 5:00 pm.
I would ideally like to move on to OMAD, one meal a day. People seem to have great success with that and it would stop me obsessing about food all the time and thinking, 'What the hell!'

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