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    Well, intermittent fasting can be an effective way to lose weight but it is not really for everyone.
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    When you're poor not eating is daily life.
    But when I can eat I tend to gorge.
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    Old 6 Days Ago (8:57 AM). Edited 6 Days Ago by GreenLegend56.
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    Intermittent Fasting is something, from experience, that shouldn't be done on a permanent basis, but on top of that it needs to be done properly and certainly doesn't work for everyone. (I'll be shortening Intermittent Fasting to IF for the remainder of my post)

    Almost 100% of the time I would recommend IF for people wanting to put on lean muscle mass. I wouldn't use it to just lose weight, although it will help with keeping you lean. I think where many people go wrong is that they look at IF and go, well then I'll just skip breakfast! This is wrong. breaking your fast (or breakfast) isn't skipped. You still break your fast but you do so later in the day. You shouldn't skip any meals ideally, and as I mentioned before, I believe you should be doing this if you're looking to build muscle, heavy weight training is highly recommended. This isn't saying you need to lift a huge weight, but you need to be doing weight heavy enough in relevance to your level of muscle/strength. Again I will stress if you're looking to just keep weight off, IF isn't going to be good for a LOT of people. It also isn't a sustainable process for many of us.

    My typical plan during a cycle of IF would be to push my first meal beyond 1pm, and try not to eat after 10pm. You shouldn't worry about it being perfect, sometimes youll eat a bit before your goal of pushing it back and sometimes you'll eat later than you should. Not a problem, we're humans and not robots. We aren't perfect and as long as you're not missing your times every day and really screwing up there won't be much impact.

    When it gets to to my time to break the fast, I'm looking to eat a fairly substantial meal. The idea of IF isn't for you to cut out food, it's to limit the times you eat food (unless you want to be in a calorie deficit, which there is no problem as long as your deficit isn't huge). After my first meal, personally, I eat another 2 meals. A smaller meal in the middle, and my personal favourite, a massive final meal. If I couldn't fit the small meal in between my 1st and 3rd meals, I would eat a small meal before my fast ends.

    Now the above method won't work for everyone and is only a small insight into my own personal plan during an IF cycle. I know people who would eat 5-6 meals during their fast periods, people who ate only 2 meals that were both huge. Whatever works for the individual as long as you're still eating enough food. That's the thing here, I see a lot of people go wrong because instead of pushing back their first meal, the SKIP the meal without replacing it with another meal. This doesn't work, you still need to be eating the right amounts of food. IF also isn't a "I can skip (which we should never do) my breakfast and only eat 2 meals and I can eat poorly for some of these meals and be fine because IF is amazing." This also won't work properly and you still need a healthy balance of the right foods for your body.

    Lastly, I mentioned before I don't believe it's sustainable for most people. Sure there will be people who can do it for months and months, sometimes over a year, but from my experience and from talking to friends and gym buddies who have used IF, it just isn't sustainable and shouldn't be what you're doing every day for your life.

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    This is my opinion and experience with Intermittent fasting. I'm sure there will be people who agree with parts, and disagree with parts, of what I said which is cool. I respect everyone's own opinion and experiences as well. I thought I would just throw out there what I have to say on the matter since this is one of very few topics I can post about.
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    I didn't know that's what that meant - I've heard the term intermittent fasting before but the "fasting" part made it seem more severe, like I expected it to be like a day of eating and then a day of not eating or something lol

    If it's just not eating until noon or evening, I did that all the time, not to lose weight but I just had no time to eat around certain schedules when I was in college. I'd have morning classes and no breaks until like 3 or 4 pm (sometimes I'd cram some snacks in during the day for some energy but generally, I'd start eating actual meals pretty late), I'd eat then and have no appetite for dinner, maybe some snacks again at night but generally I ate very little.

    It was also just a very standard way of life in my family growing up, we skipped breakfast all the time due to time restraints and would only eat lunch at like 1-3pm and dinner at 8-9pm.

    And I mean, in terms of losing weight it definitely worked, even though that wasn't what I was trying to do - during the worst semesters I dropped to the lowest weight I was in my life during those periods unwittingly, at about 83 pounds and it took me about a year to notice and gain back roughly 10 pounds.
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    There are certainly more extreme uses of IF, you can shorten the eating hours if you wish so you fast for longer, and in some cases people even go a whole day without eating but I would argue its even less sustainable than the basic level of IF which is a 16 hour fast followed by an 8 hour eating period. You can also use small hacks in the morning to get you through the hunger, like drinking a cup or two of black coffee with no sugar - the caffeine can help with holding off the hunger
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      Pretty much all valid nutritionists and researchers have said that the key to weight loss in 95% diet, 5% exercise. If that's your goal, just shape up your diet based on your body's needs and you'll be fine.

      Fasting is... generally terrible for weight loss. I personally have to eat a lot of food to maintain the energy that my high metabolism requires. I'm a little chubby right now, but generally I'm at a pretty healthy weight. Not eating or heavy restrictions on eating is just never a good idea. You'll probably feel like muk. Just eat a varied diet and research your dietary requirements and your body will do the rest.
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        I considered trying this a few years ago, glad I didn't. The hunger would be have been too much.

        I'd much rather just lose a pound a week by eating sensibly.
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