SparkPeople Intermittent Fasting Team Messageboard The popular fasting program that isn't fasting at all, it's just changing when you eat as opposed to how much you eat. Made popular by The Hodge Twins on Youtube. SparkPeople Intermittent Fasting Team Messageboard Hiya from the UK! Just wanted to say hi to everyone. I started 12:12 fasting a few days ago as a means of making a start. Saw a prog on tv and bought the book "The Fast 800" by Dr Michael Mosley. I'm part way through it. I'm planning to do 800 calories every day for 20 weeks. Starting mid September as we're on holiday for a week soon and the recipe book has not yet arrived. Want to get this planned before I start - fail to plan, plan to fail. Looking forward to getting to know you all. <BR> :-) Sat, 15 Aug 2020 10:20:03 EST 16-8, is my go to, how about you? joined on to learn tips, and see if anyone has tried the keto home delivery meals. checking it out and love to learn! Sat, 16 Nov 2019 08:43:24 EST Very Much A Beginner With IF HI All. I've heard a lot of talk about IF, so I decided to give it a try. I've lost a great deal of weight and I seem to be stuck. The scales goes up and down in the same 5 pounds range. Also dieting for almost 2 years now, I feel myself getting tired of weighing and measuring and watching what I eat, and right now I only have about 25 pounds to lose. So I want to try the IF plan and at the same time learn to eat food again. I would appreciate any help that is given. Mon, 28 Oct 2019 08:48:14 EST Human Growth Hormone and IF <link><BR>sArjcO0 </link> Thu, 9 Aug 2018 21:08:05 EST Checking in... Hello team members. I'm new-ish to this team, but it doesn't seem to be very active. Fasting is such an old method, but it is finally getting into the so called mainstream and more and more people are realizing that not only is our food medicine, (but also poison), and that fasting is good for our bodies. <BR> <BR> I think this would be a good thread for all of us to check in with each other or maybe ask questions? I hope the team leaders don't mind. <BR> <BR> Please post what IF you're w... Sun, 22 Jul 2018 13:38:45 EST IF with Adrenal Issues? <link><BR>vVSwWSQ </link> <BR> <BR> Thought this video was interesting. Thu, 19 Jul 2018 17:33:02 EST Starting 16:8 Goal is to improve morning blood sugars and drop weight. Seeking accountability and information. Excited to try this. Mon, 4 Jun 2018 17:08:13 EST Hi Everyone Hi everyone, my name is Debbie and I made the decision about 30 min. ago to try out intermittent fasting. I'll be honest that I am still a little skeptical, but wanted to give it an honest try for a few months before making a judgement. I have a goal of slowly transitioning to a whole foods plant based diet (cutting out one animal produce a month) and losing 30 lbs in the process. Binge eating has been holding me back from my goals, and hopefully this will help. Check out my blog to follow my... Mon, 30 Apr 2018 23:47:47 EST The world record. Don't try at home <BR> <link><BR>days-without-food-study/ </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>p/tale-angus-barbieri-fasted-year-lost<BR>-21-stone/ </link> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:12:36 EST I need your help! Hi IFs, <BR> I need help in getting neuropathy under control. I have been diagnosed with Type II Diabetes 9 years ago, and have changed my exercise plan and diet to control most of this. <BR> For at least the past 6 months, I have had nerve pain in my feet. I ignored it until now. <BR> I have heard that intermittent fasting can help. Now I have to make changes. <BR> Thanks. <BR> Jackie Sun, 15 Apr 2018 06:51:37 EST Adaptive Glucose Sparing / Fasting physiology Why is my fasting glucose level not as low as I think it should be? <BR> <BR> I do intermittent fasting, 18/6 or (usually) 23/1. I just bought some ketone testing strips and tested for the first time this am. I know from my fasting and keto meals over the past several days I should be deep in ketosis. The strip confirmed this. And yet my fasting blood glucose is often above 100. Often around 105 or 110. (No Meds or insulin) <BR> <BR> What's up with this? <BR> <BR> <link>https://www... Thu, 12 Apr 2018 13:34:19 EST Hi Team IF I am new to this group and horribly truant in Spark People but I'm back and learning about fasting. I look forward to great advice and conversation. <BR> <BR> Tue, 10 Apr 2018 19:22:20 EST Finally making progress hello~ New to the team, but not to fasting. Interestingly my son had noticed the only time I would lose weight was when I fasted for religious reasons. Then I heard about IF and thought, well why not? <BR> I was naturally doing a 15 hr fast from dinner to breakfast. When I started IF I decided to push it to 17 then 20, but the 20 turned into a 24 because I wasn't hungry. I've been doing IF for three weeks and do a 24 hour fast once a week. <BR> So far I've lost six pounds and according to m... Thu, 5 Apr 2018 16:47:53 EST Hi everyone! My name is Rebecca and I have been intermittently fasting for ~9 years, typically following the 12-14h daily fast pattern. Have never really researched the method much, the thought of giving my digestive system a 'rest' just made sense. Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:09:58 EST Hi, New to team, been doing IF for a while Hi! I have been messing around with If for a while, but decided to get serious 1/2/18. the goal for me is 93 pounds this year. I lost 6 in January, but got the flu and only put 2 back on. <BR> <BR> I normally do 16/8's but try to do 1 20/4 a week to keep the body guessing. I also exercise 5-6 days/week. <BR> <BR> Kinda strugging with what to eat though during my eating window. Wed, 7 Feb 2018 21:00:50 EST New Intermittent Faster Here IF has gotten me back into the weight loss game. Day 4 of 16/8 IF and I'm already I am noticing I have energy to get me through the day I didn't have before. I get out of bed by 5:30 am every morning. My eating window is about 3pm to 11pm because I tend to be up late and because even if I eat a late night snack, it doesn't really matter. Also I can hide IF from the kids, I am not ready for them to try it themselves, I am not sure they would get the same benefit at their age. During the fast, ... Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:06:12 EST Beginner IFer :) Hello out there from me down in New Zealand. <BR> <BR> I've recently been reading a few articles here in SP about the IF/CR way of eating. I'd really like to try this but have no idea where to start or what it involves, other than a select amount of days of calorie restriction and then the rest of the week days of 'normal eating'. Is this correct? <BR> <BR> Can anyone please point me in the right direction of how to do this? <BR> <BR> Thanks :) Fri, 8 Dec 2017 13:23:02 EST Good morning and hello! Looking forward to getting to know a few of you!!!! I can't do this alone.... anyone still here and working on it?? Thu, 7 Dec 2017 10:59:26 EST shift work, rotating hours Anyone have any experience doing IF while doing rotating shift work? Bedtime can be anywhere from 9 PM to 9 AM, and my body never know when to sleep or eat. Tue, 5 Dec 2017 06:21:56 EST 16/8 Day 1 Good morning! I was reading about IF this week-end, and decided I need to give it a try. Have decided to go with 16/8 with my eating window being 12-8. Any tips or advice will be appreciated-thanks! Mon, 27 Nov 2017 06:11:40 EST Recent study - more positive results <BR> <link><BR>s/2017/10/171017110041.htm </link> Sun, 26 Nov 2017 14:08:08 EST Fast 5 Good morning, <BR> I recently read Delay, Don't Deny by Gin Stephens and Appetite correction by Bert Herring. The basic premise is that you eat within a 5 hour window everyday. No calorie or carb counting. Gin advocates for one meal a day (OMAD) and she has her own Facebook group with A LOT of people doing this lifestyle. After months of trying to do 5:2 and not getting anywhere I decided to try it. I'm only on day 5, which is still the "adjustment period" so it's still taking some getting us... Sat, 11 Nov 2017 08:53:52 EST Week One After reading so many positive things about IF, I started this week. I'm basically doing alternate fasting, but for now Monday, Wed and Fri are my fast days, during which I am consuming no calories. I completely expected headaches, to feel lethargic and unable to focus but instead I found the exact opposite in my first 2 days of fasting. I actually feel better and less tired on my fast days, so far at least. I even took a 60-minute cardio fight/kickboxing class last night and felt great! ... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:46:55 EST BCAAs supplements i have been drinking extend (BCAAs) mix with apple cider when i work out during fasting times <BR> is it okay to take in BCAAs supplements during fasting hours? Sun, 8 Oct 2017 00:19:45 EST 16 / 8 fasting if routine hi im new to intermittent fasting been i have been doing the 16/8 routine for 1 and a half weeks <BR> i noticed that a lot of times i would go 1 hour under or over my fasting and eating times <BR> i that okay or do i have to follow a strict 16 hours and 8 hours fasting routine? Sun, 8 Oct 2017 00:01:28 EST NEW TO THE TEAM AND WANTED TO SAY HELLO My name is Paula, I'm a 51 year old happily married to Ian and mother of two adult children. I have scoliosis of the spine and suffer from osteoarthritis of the hips. I live in Brisbane Australia. <BR> <BR> I currently weigh-in at 58.2 kilo's would love to get down to 55 kilo's and maintain at that. <BR> <BR> I love to live a simplistic, natural, healthy &amp; holistic lifestyle. <BR> <BR> I have many interests some of which include: Sewing / Quilting, Gardening, Candles, Essential Oils... Sat, 26 Aug 2017 18:27:36 EST Beginner Hi everyone, I'm new to IF, I've only been trying it for about a week now but I love it so far. I just have one question so far; I really enjoy sunflower seed but I can't actually eat the seeds because I have diverticulitis. When I eat them I break the shells and spit them out along with the seeds. My question however is, would this be considered breaking my fast if I do it while fasting even though I'm not actually consuming anything? Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:46:09 EST I'm a believer Good morning <BR> Earlier this year I tried 16:8 fasting and lost a few pounds, but discovered it's hard to stick with. Now I'm doing the 5:2 method and I've lost 6lbs so far. I find that it's easier to stick with when I schedule my fast (low calorie) days during the work week. <BR> Tue, 8 Aug 2017 09:31:42 EST article on Valter Longo, IF and aging A diet that mimics fasting and costs $300 hopes to boost longevity — and it might not be as crazy as it sounds <BR> STAT <BR> <BR> Usha Lee McFarling, STAT <BR> <BR> LOS ANGELES — He knows he sounds like a snake-oil salesman. <BR> <BR> It's not every day, after all, that a tenured professor at a prestigious university starts peddling a mail-order diet to melt away belly fat, rejuvenate worn-out cells, prevent diseases ranging from diabetes to cancer — and, for good measure, turn back ... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:55:42 EST New FREE Intermittent Fasting-The 30 Days eBook Hey guys! <BR> <BR> My book "Intermittent Fasting: The 30-Day Schedule To Reversing Anxiety, Regaining Energy and Maximizing Productivity" is FREE from 05/09/2017 to 05/13/2017 on Kindle. <BR> <BR> Download here: <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 9 May 2017 09:35:22 EST Loving 18:6 IF! Just lost 5.5lbs in 8 days with no deprivation. This really works great!! Mon, 8 May 2017 22:29:59 EST medpage today article by K Monaco <BR> Alternate-Day Fasting Doesn't Lead to Speedier Weight Loss <BR> Approach not superior to calorie-restrictive diet <BR> <BR> by Kristen Monaco <BR> Contributing Writer, MedPage Today <BR> May 01, 2017 <BR> <BR> This article is a collaboration between MedPage Today® and: Medpage Today <BR> <BR> Action Points <BR> <BR> Alternate-day fasting did not produce superior adherence, weight loss, weight maintenance, or cardioprotection versus daily calorie restriction, in a... Wed, 3 May 2017 01:55:32 EST Tough Start So .... I'm having a tough start with my intermittent fasting. <BR> <BR> I've been trying it on and off for several months. After a month or so, my carb cravings are through the roof. Absolutely through the roof. <BR> <BR> omg. I swear its worse than pregnancy. <BR> <BR> Well I also have pcos and low blood sugar. <BR> <BR> I'm wondering if its ok to break my fast earlier. Earlier than say 18/6. <BR> <BR> I would love some advice. <BR> <BR> Also, I've been upping the proteins, the ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:58:36 EST New and Experimenting Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm fairly new to IF. I've been experimenting with IF on and off for over a month. 16:8 most of the week seems to work best for me. and I've been noticing that it helps me control my weight a lot better than not. <BR> <BR> I am still having issues with weight loss. Getting under 255, precisely, but anyways. Mon, 30 Jan 2017 13:11:51 EST Study on IF by Peterson, Medpage Today <BR> Jury Still Out on Time-Restricted Feeding for Weight Loss <BR> Some positive signs, but effects not as great as in animal studies <BR> <BR> savesaved <BR> <BR> by Molly Walker <BR> Staff Writer, MedPage Today <BR> November 06, 2016 <BR> <BR> This article is a collaboration between MedPage Today® and: Medpage Today <BR> <BR> Action Points <BR> <BR> Note that this study was published as an abstract and presented at a conference. These data and conclusions shou... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 09:08:09 EST Interesting read I'm a firm believer the IF program..... And a person can really do the program with ease....and if you need a weekend off for a celebration...easy to return to it... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06:11:34 EST Article about Angus Barbieri and fasting 382 days Fasting could prevent aging and transform your body, but it goes against everything we think of as healthy <BR> <BR> Kevin Loria <BR> <BR> <BR> For his breakfast on July 11, 1966, 27-year-old Scotsman Angus Barbieri ate a boiled egg, a slice of bread with butter, and a cup of black coffee. It was the first food he'd eaten in 382 days. <BR> <BR> According to a report published in the Chicago Tribune, the next day he told a reporter, "I thoroly [sic] enjoyed my egg and I feel very fu... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 09:49:54 EST Exercising in the morning I was just wondering what other people having been doing for morning exercise when doing the 16-8 IF. I went to my personal training session last weekend first thing in the morning and was fine without eating until the very last exercise where I got very light-headed and couldn't workout anymore. <BR> <BR> Normally, I work out at night after I have my big meal for the day (I do 16-8 IF) so I haven't had to run into this. I'm thinking for when I do have the morning workouts I should have a ... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 16:43:24 EST Intermittent fasting works for me, I started this diet plan 2 weeks ago and the scale has finally moved...I had been having trouble for years trying to get the darn thing to move....the plan is easy and works for my lifestyle...lots of good information out there for you too ...I am doing the 16:8 plan and I suggest this for anyone starting,,good luck... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 14:56:55 EST Most eat 15 hrs / day, IF aids weight loss, health Longer fasts might help with weight loss but Americans eat all day long <BR> All-day eating <BR> <BR> Americans eat for roughly 15 hours a day, and much of it is on the fly, says new research. (Mike Tripp / Associated Press) <BR> By Melissa Healy contact the reporter <BR> <BR> Nutrition Research Obesity Research Medical Research Nutrition Scientific Research <BR> <BR> It's official: Americans' 24/7 culture of work, entertainment and digital connectivity now also extends to our dietary ... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 13:20:40 EST Day 3 down! Hey everyone! I'm very new to IF. I only recently heard about it. After doing a little research, listening to podcasts, etc. I decided to give it a try. I have completed 2- 16 hour fasts and day 3 is almost complete with an 18 hour fast. I count macros and I have not decreased my intake during my feed time. Does anyone here do a 20/4 window? What sort of schedule do you follow? Do you work out fasted? Thu, 3 Sep 2015 10:39:34 EST Newbie!! I am just starting IF and Spark. I love IF, so simple and easy!!! I am doing every other day with 500 cal low days and trying to keep my eating space 18:6 along with it. So far, so good! Wed, 12 Aug 2015 18:30:50 EST Study posted on Nutrition Action 6-3-15 Do Intermittent Fasting Benefits Include Living Longer? <BR> Intermittent fasting benefits seem promising in both animals and people. <BR> David Schardt • June 3, 2015 <BR> <BR> On intermittent fasting benefits, “We’ve known for a long time that if you reduce the calorie intake of rats or mice, they live much longer,” says Mark Mattson, chief of the laboratory of neurosciences at the National Institute on Aging (NIA) in Baltimore. Do these intermittent fasting benefits carry over to humans? ... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 09:12:25 EST Spring forward!! Wow, not much action on this team lately. Maybe we can spring forward and regroup!!? Now that the nicer weather is here, we can recommit to getting back on track. <BR> <BR> I was trying to do LCHF and ended up with some gastrointestinal problems. I've had to add carbs, to get re-regulated and must admit feel much better. The meds I'm on kinda curb my appetite so getting back in IF, and giving my tummy a rest would be very helpful. <BR> <BR> Would like to hear if anyone is on plan at this ... Fri, 1 May 2015 10:45:14 EST IF Infographic from Mercola From Mercola: <BR> <BR> Intermittent fasting is a powerful approach to eating that is becoming very popular because it can help you lose weight without feeling hunger, and help reduce your risk of chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease. If done correctly, intermittent fasting can also lead to better sleep and lots of energy. <BR> <BR> So far, research overwhelmingly supports this notion that ditching the “three square meals a day” approach in favor of intermittent fasting may do w... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:40:21 EST Mercola article <BR> From Mercola: <BR> <BR> Is there such a thing as a fast diet? Dr. Michael Mosley, a physician like me, wrote a best-selling book on this subject, aptly called The Fast Diet: Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, and Live Longer with the Simple Secret of Intermittent Fasting, which answers that question. <BR> <BR> As a journalist for BBC in the UK, Dr. Mosley has really helped popularize one of the most powerful medical interventions I’ve ever encountered for helping people normalize their weight... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:35:06 EST Greetings from a IF believer! Hello all! <BR> <BR> I'm Moxie, and I (re)joined Spark People today because I think the variety of tools is exceptional -- as are the supportive people! <BR> <BR> I first tried IF last August, and by Christmas I had lost 37 pounds. I found it easy to stay consistent, and my blood work showed general good improvement across the boards. Unfortunately the first half of 2014 was rough from both a physical and mental perspective,and I stopped following the program. I jumped back on the bandw... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:11:20 EST Every Other Day Fast-ers: What do you drink? On fasting days, what do you drink (besides water obviously)? Teas, coffee, juiced veggies, etc. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:17:17 EST Will this work for women of fertile age? That's a super awkward way of putting it - but the limitation on character numbers in the topic had me stumped. :) <BR> <BR> Basically - I'm a 30yo mom of 3, still nursing, obviously not peri or post menopausal. I've read some conflicting reports on IF in general and it's impact on female fertility and hormones so I'm really curious to see how that works out for me. Getting pregnant again is not something immediately on my agenda, but I would prefer not to have my long term fertility damag... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 01:33:01 EST Hi, New to IF but Loving it! Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I started doing IF May 27, 2014, so I am pretty new to it. I read about it in Women's World and thought it sounded interesting. I also got the book "Eat, Fast, Slim" by Amanda Hamilton that was referenced in the article. I got the book pretty recently so I haven't finished reading it yet. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> The 16/8 hour fast works best with my schedule and I'm having no problems doing it daily. I feel really good since I have started it and my weight has dro... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 01:32:36 EST New IF Study from Endocrinology <link><BR>eneralEndocrinology/45702?xid=nl_mpt_D<BR>HE_2014-05-12&utm_content=&utm_medium=<BR>email&utm_campaign=DailyHeadlines&utm_<BR>source=WC&eun=g332885d0r&userid=332885<BR>& </link> Mon, 12 May 2014 11:14:33 EST Still a newbie to Intermittent Fasting I have been researching ways to break through a plateau of losing weight and came across articles on Intermittent Fasting. After researching the concept I decided that it was doable, and so on March 27th, I started my very first 16/8 fast. I set the eating window to be from 11am to 7pm as I do a lot of mystery shopping so I wanted to work around the schedule. The first couple of days was hard for more but it started getting easier. I am now on my 10th day (do we count from the time we star... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 12:05:38 EST Hello everyone Hi, my name is Kathy and I've, over the years, tried everything there is and have lost many pounds. Some of the same ones over and over. I thought I would try this to lose weight but I've been doing it for a week and even tho I've lost a lb I realize that I like not constantly thinking about food or what I will eat next. I'm a browser and was constantly noshing. I'm also celiac and lactose intolerant. The celiac part has turned out to be a blessing because I no longer eat Little Debbie's, bag... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 17:48:51 EST new IF study Nutrition Action has just published the results of new studies on IF on its website. Head over there and check it out! Further study has supported IF's benefits. 5:2 was shown to boost cognitive performance and help people shed excess pounds. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:09:04 EST New to IF After stumbling across IF I did additional research and found that there is some research to back up it's claims. I decided that since I've tried other methods without research why not give this a try. I've been doing 16/8 or even a 6 hour window sometimes. I started last Thursday so tomorrow I'll get to see if I have lost weight in the first week. My pants were feeling a little tight, and they're already feeling more comfortable. So I think it's working. I'll update with progress. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 22:18:49 EST Hello Hi just joined spark people and have just started intermittent fasting <BR> <BR> Today is my first day of short iI F I think I am going to like it, the way I am doing it is changing the way and the time I eat. So I skip breakfast and have to do some exercise before I eat. The way it worked out today was I didn't actually eat until I came home from work and had taken the dogs out for a long walk. <BR> <BR> It was around 4pm by the time I actually ate something, but I wasn't really hungry ... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 13:52:49 EST I switched to MyFitnessPal <link> </link> <BR> Apple, Android and Windows Phone app is FREE with no ads, unlike SP, who's app is $3.99 and only for Apple and Android. <BR> <BR> Forums on MFP are very active and aren't filled to the brim with spam threads. <BR> <BR> NO points system so people aren't spamming crap everywhere to get points for a virtual trophy. <BR> <BR> Website is A LOT easier to navigate though. <BR> <BR> Tracking is so much easier, especially on the app, you can scan the bar-... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 15:47:14 EST Hello, from the leader of the team. At the time of making this team and this thread, I too am new to Intermittent Fasting. <BR> If I'm new to this, why am I making a team about it? Well, there wasn't one and why not take the opportunity to gather a community of Sparkers together on the terms of "IF?" <BR> <BR> Hi, my name is Amber. I started my weight loss journey at the peak weight of 265 lbs. I'm currently down to 230-235lbs. I cannot contribute any of this weight loss, at the moment, to IF, but with all the testimonials I'v... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 14:12:51 EST Intermittent Fasting, for beginners. A lot of people hear the word "fasting" and immediately jump to the conclusion of heavily restricting your calorie intake. Intermittent fasting is not about calorie restrictions at all and you can mix any healthy diet into this eating plan. <BR> <BR> So, what exactly is "Intermittent Fasting (or "IF" for short)?" You may be ashing at this point. Intermittent fasting is fasting for 16-19 hours a day and eating for 5-8 hours a day. In the time you are allowed to eat, you do not restrict your c... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 13:57:45 EST