Body for LIFE Tracker
www.BodyforLIFE-Tracker.com

>> Body for LIFE Tracker Forums > Eating for LIFE > intermittent fasting practitioners?

Pages (2): [1] 2 [Last Page]

Jared
Awesome
Karma Disciple
Karma Disciple


Registered: Dec 2009
Posts: 1,775
Yo peeps, I've been doing the 16:8 IF thing a la Martin Berkhan for, oh a little while now, at least a couple months ... I usually do 1p-9p, then when I sometimes do a typical lunch/dinner/brunch thing over Sat-Sun I'll do a 24hr fast 'til Monday a la Eat-Stop-Eat ... going pretty well, I get a little hungry but not too bad ... drink my water and coffee and it's all good.

But, I still find that when it's coming up on 9p I tend to get a little anxious that I need to eat some more to 'tide me over' until it's time to eat again at 1p the next day ... nothing too crazy but I figure it's something I should pay attention to.

I'm not weighing or measuring right now, and I'd say it's keeping me at maintenance.

Anyone have tips on dealing with the urge to chow down before the feeding window closes?


Show This Message in Printable Format 11/30/2010 10:02 PM
Logged On: 8/11/13 8:49 PM, Last Active: 12/15/15 12:14 PM View This Member's Profile View Other Posts By This Member Alert the Moderator or Forward This Message

Telle
Powerlifting ... do you have what it takes?
Karma Apostle
Karma Apostle


Registered: Aug 2006
Posts: 12,965
Do you really like IF? I don't like it for me. I find I overeat when I go back to eating for a few hours. Are you enjoying it or finding it more effective than normal eating? It is causing you some anxiety obviously. Not suggesting you should quit, but encouraging you to consider whether its truly beneficial to you.


If you are flammable and have legs you are never blocking a fire exit - Mitch Hedberg

Show This Message in Printable Format 11/30/2010 11:19 PM
Last On: 2/26/11 10:31 AM View This Member's Profile View Other Posts By This Member Alert the Moderator or Forward This Message

Jared
Awesome
Karma Disciple
Karma Disciple


Registered: Dec 2009
Posts: 1,775
Well, I definitely like it better than the eat every 2.75hrs thing I was doing ... less time cooking, less stuff to carry around, better able to fit eating around other activities, etc.
I'm really just looking for that "perfect-never-have-to-think-about-anything" lifesyle of eating, and I'm getting real close I think, I just need some final tweaks.


Show This Message in Printable Format 11/30/2010 11:26 PM
Logged On: 8/11/13 8:49 PM, Last Active: 12/15/15 12:14 PM View This Member's Profile View Other Posts By This Member Alert the Moderator or Forward This Message

StephanX
BodyforLife-Tracker.com Member
I Wanna Get Some Karma
I Wanna Get Some Karma

Registered: May 2010
Posts: 23
I don't think an organized meal frequency is needed. Just eat more often when you feel like eat, less often when you feel like it, fast when you don't feel like eating... It's rigid rules that make everything so harder or uneffective. For example there are moments of the day when I need to eat more often, like snacking on something every hour, then there are moment when I can go for many hours without eating.


Show This Message in Printable Format 12/1/2010 3:56 AM
Last On: 2/26/11 10:11 PM View This Member's Profile View Other Posts By This Member Alert the Moderator or Forward This Message

Stag
BodyforLife-Tracker.com Member
The Good Neighbor
The Good NeighborThe Good Neighbor

Registered: Nov 2009
Posts: 161
Maybe you could try eating veg and fruit towards the end of the window. Of course, drinking a bunch of water or eating something like soup can help you feel full. Personally, I don't think you should worry too much about overeating right before the end of the window as long as the food is 'clean'.

I do fast 5 (sorta) and have been following that this year. Basically I just wait until 5pm (5-6days out of 7) to start eating. I count calories though so it's easy to know the stopping point.

While sometimes I feel hungry from 3-5, I love this way of eating. I feel like I spend less time worried about food, preparing food, watching the clock. Oh, and the freedom to eat enough to have that full feeling is priceless. Another benefit is having room for social dinners, special occasions, etc. If a meal is way over my old 400cal/meal limit, it's not a big deal. That enhancement in lifestyle is important to me.

I ate 6 meals a day for 2 1/2 yrs on BFL btw.




to be continued....

Show This Message in Printable Format 12/1/2010 7:58 AM
Last On: 2/23/11 7:43 AM View This Member's Profile View Other Posts By This Member Alert the Moderator or Forward This Message

Jared
Awesome
Karma Disciple
Karma Disciple


Registered: Dec 2009
Posts: 1,775
StephanX said:
Just eat more often when you feel like eat, less often when you feel like it, fast when you don't feel like eating...
Well I'm a pretty good eater so I don't think that strategy would work well for me over the longterm. I like the binary nature of IF, but I think perhaps coming off the more controlled portions of BFL-style nudged me a bit too far in the other direction.

@Stag -- thanks for your comments! Ya I am definitely digging the side benefits of IF in addition to the health benefits that the research seems to point to. Good to know you are counting calories with it too --- I think I just need to buckle down and try that for a month or so and see how it goes. I need to work on getting more discipline in the food area anyway since I'll be trying CKD later this year.

Show This Message in Printable Format 12/1/2010 10:05 PM
Logged On: 8/11/13 8:49 PM, Last Active: 12/15/15 12:14 PM View This Member's Profile View Other Posts By This Member Alert the Moderator or Forward This Message

TingTing
BodyforLife-Tracker.com Member
The Good Neighbor
The Good NeighborThe Good Neighbor

Registered: Sep 2010
Posts: 206
I do IF too and I love it for many reasons listed above but mostly for the freedom from the "scheduled feedings" and the feeling of being satisfied from a meal.

One trick I have learned is that it's all about perspective when I get hungry; To view it as a mildly uncomfortable. For example, it's far less uncomfortable than having a cold or something similar, and i know that I will be "breaking my fast" soon. I also love the feeling of knowing true hunger. I have had some of the best workouts after a 19 hour fast..amazing what our bodies can do.

The research I have read about the health benefits alone are worth it to me but I do it because it makes my life much easier than eating small meals every 2.5 hours


weirdos make the world go round

Show This Message in Printable Format 12/1/2010 10:19 PM
Last On: 2/25/11 8:12 AM View This Member's Profile View Other Posts By This Member Alert the Moderator or Forward This Message

carbar
I generally avoid temptation unless I can't resist
Lord of the Karma
Lord of the Karma


Registered: Feb 2008
Posts: 15,868
As to your original question....seems to be just a mental thing. Are you eating enough during that window? I haven't had that problem.

I do an occasional 24 hour fast now. I find it easier for me to fast from about 2:00pm till 2:00pm. Don't know why that is, but when I tried fasting from dinner time till dinner time I found myself stressed to the max. I think for me, waking up, working out, showering, running errands...just keeps me so occupied I don't think about eating. And I've never been a big evening munchie type person. I also do a lot of 18 hour or so fasts. Only because I eat dinner fairly early, and then don't eat until after my workout the next day, usually around 11am. Works for me.

I think I'm pretty much eating like StephanX. It's really not too organized and I don't put much thought into it. Except for the 24 hour fast. That still takes some mental fortitude.


Embrace the suck.

Show This Message in Printable Format 12/3/2010 7:46 PM
Logged On: 2/26/11 11:28 PM, Last Active: 1/4/16 6:01 PM View This Member's Profile View Other Posts By This Member Alert the Moderator or Forward This Message

Telle
Powerlifting ... do you have what it takes?
Karma Apostle
Karma Apostle


Registered: Aug 2006
Posts: 12,965
I am always interested in how different people respond to things. Maybe that's the psychologist in me I find when I fast, I am consumed with thoughts of food, yet, when I eat every few hours I can just go about my day and eat when I get hungry.


If you are flammable and have legs you are never blocking a fire exit - Mitch Hedberg

Show This Message in Printable Format 12/6/2010 11:03 AM
Last On: 2/26/11 10:31 AM View This Member's Profile View Other Posts By This Member Alert the Moderator or Forward This Message

Jared
Awesome
Karma Disciple
Karma Disciple


Registered: Dec 2009
Posts: 1,775
I do think about food while on IF, but I can put it off since being in the fasting window is such a clearcut thing ... eating's just not an option and once I reconcile with that I can go on about my day.
When I was eating every 2.75 hrs I was an absolute FIEND sometimes about watching the clock, counting down to when it was time to eat again, checking the clock like every ten minutes as the appointed time got nearer. Definitely wasn't a good feeling. Maybe it's because I have small hands and so I should've bumped my portion sizes to get closer to what palm/fist was supposed to do.


Show This Message in Printable Format 12/6/2010 6:34 PM
Logged On: 8/11/13 8:49 PM, Last Active: 12/15/15 12:14 PM View This Member's Profile View Other Posts By This Member Alert the Moderator or Forward This Message
Pages (2): [1] 2 [Last Page]
QuickReply >> To respond, enter your message below or click [POST REPLY] for more options.
  You are not logged in. To post, log in or register.  
All times are in local Central Standard Time. The current time is 05:08:45 PM.
Post New Thread