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6/27/18 10:56 P

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I just want to say that I've done some intermittent fasting for awhile now, and it really does wonders with helping me stay in a caloric deficit. Regarding your coffee, I don't believe that this will affect your fasting state very much, if at all. I myself take BCAAs that have a little bit of caffeine during my fasted-state workout, to charge me up right before my eating window. I go by the thinking though that the body doesn't stop and start counting calories as much as our mind. If you can maintain caloric deficit over the course of say few weeks to months, you will see results. Intermittent fasting can help with this big time with allowing you to keep tabs of your caloric intake in short amount of time. That said, it is okay to have a cheat meal every now and again, so as to prevent "cravings crashes", but this meal, if you've been eating natural foods and sticking to a firm regimen and fasting window, will not destroy your hard work.



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6/27/18 12:38 P

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I do like that way of thinking and have tried to follow that for years, not always great with the food, eating extra food. I have had some good times and some not so good times. I was just wanting to try something different that may kick start a change and move in the right direction.

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6/27/18 12:34 P

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A suggestion: instead of worrying about "rules" that might or might not work for someone else... why don't you seriously commit to trying the IF with your coffee for one month. If your results aren't getting you where you want to be---and it has to be a reasonable goal to start with--!!-- then, try it for a month without the coffee.


Each of us reacts differently to patterns of eating...very likely in part genetics, and in part, our Life schedules. Also...it matters greatly WHAT and HOW MUCH you are eating in your window to eat. Personally, IF doesn't even remotely interest me. I find I'm consistent and feel good when I have smaller meals, lots of veggies, and small snacks every 3 hrs or so...all day long.

The bottom line is you need to discover what works with your Life and your Body Stop trying to follow some set of "rules" that someone else makes sound like magic!! all the best,
patti


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6/27/18 12:30 P

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You explained it fine but my reply might be a little wanting since I read it incorrectly. If you do it during your eating window, it's okay. Outside that window, you don't ingest any form of calories. I drink half caff during my fasting period, but it's black with sugar-free shots, so no calories. If you're a purist, even the caffeine has a varying minimal effect on success as well. It works for me with it, so with it, it is. Good luck!

Here's a Quora posting on the subject:

www.quora.com/Can-you-drink-coffee-during-
intermittent-fasting


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6/27/18 9:27 A

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If you would have anything during this time frame it should not be caffeine, but instead a protein and carb. Your blood sugar levels and cortisol will spike with the caffeine (yes decaf still has it in it) and the sugar you are digesting through the iced coffee.



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ANGEL91479 Posts: 4
6/27/18 9:17 A

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I think maybe I’m not explaining as well as I should have. My fasting timeframe is 7pm-11am. I’m talking about having a decaf iced coffee that would have about 100 calories within the fasting timeframe. would this be ok?

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6/27/18 1:18 A

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If it falls within your window and fits your calorie budget... why not? (Assuming you count calories. I know some versions don't.)

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6/26/18 1:01 P

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It all depends on you & your personal goals....
In a "perfect" world, fasting is the absence of calories. However, actual fats seem to not raise insulin. Giving your body a "break" from insulin (especially those of us presenting w/ insulin resistance) is one of the "goals" for fasting.

You have to decide what works for you & your body. -- Good luck in your journey towards health & fitness!
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(I could go further w/ the topic, but I don't want to be a food/drink "nazi" to insist on what someone else should or should not do!)

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6/26/18 11:14 A

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if there's a sparkteam for intermittent fasting you may find it easier to get answers from people familiar with it. good luck!

Healthy choices and actions have positive impacts, even if the scale doesn't move!

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6/26/18 10:03 A

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Hello, I have just started intermittent fasting this week. My window of eating is 11am-7pm. On Tuesdays and Wednesday’s I work in the office and usually will walk down to Starbucks around 8am and get a decaf coffee with sugar free mocha and use the 30 calorie almond milk in the drink. Is this still ok to have for those two days out of the week if it falls within the fasting timeframe? Thank you

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