Alternate Day Fasting?

posted 2 years ago in Fitness
Post # 2
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

I have done this up day down day diet before, and I have found it helpful at specific times in my life.  There is a ton of reserach into intermittent fasting and it can be incredibly healing, not just for weight loss.  For me, it is not a long term diet though.  While I get used to it, I never really enjoy it.  I prefer to just low carb.  I try to stay 400 cal or less in my down day though, but that was the cal number given to through Dr Johnson’s formula.  If you are feeling great, just keep going!  But listen to your body, you may reach a point, like I did, where it feels better to transition into something else.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

I have also done a 4 hour a day window, so a 20 hour fast every day and that worked really well for me.  Not so much after kids though.  I have had to change the way I eat a few times over the last decade, but the 20 hour fast was actually super easy for me.  And I felt great!

Post # 5
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Helper bee

I don’t find it necessary, I’m curious as to what your reasoning is for the one day on, one day off.

I am however, an intermittent faster anyway (I don’t eat all day, keep my eating window at night when I have more than two seconds to enjoy my food lol). It’s easy for me to NOT eat at all, and it’s easy for me to eat a LOT, but doing one day of 500 and one day ‘normal’ I can’t do…the 500 would leave me starving and I’d be cranky and only thinking about food…

I don’t think there’s anything wrong with IF (intermittent fasting). I’m a registered dietitian and my peers, family and friends think I’m crazy and hypocritical, but I have never believed in meal timing. Your body does NOT care what time you eat nor if you eat carbs after 6pm lol. It cares whether or not it gets its calories and whether it’s getting adequate nutrients.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

jbeebee :  If you look up Dr Johnson’s up day down day diet, he explains all the science and the health beneifts.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I’ve been playing around with fasting. I’ve discovered that I do best when i fast for 14-16 hours and then eat my normal food intake during the other hours. As long as my last meal is primarily fats, I’m good until the next morning. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee

jcent :  Oh I know about it, I just don’t prefer it lol…I don’t think everyone is suited to that kind of thing, but if you are, more power to you.

Post # 10
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Helper bee

shortbread654 :  Regarding the stomach pain, it could be a lot of things. Things that come to mind when someone mentions stomach pain after fatty foods are gallbladder issues (gallstones is a common one), IBS, Celiac’s, gastritis (inflamed stomach lining), pancreatitis, etc. It could also just be that whatever combo of food you ate didn’t agree with you and it’s no biggie.

Not knowing the details of how/when this occurs, your back history, etc, I can’t really say but if it occurs frequently I’d get it checked out.

Post # 11
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Worker bee

I’ve recently started Intermittent fasting, about two weeks ago! I’ve only lost a pound or two, but it’s going down which isn’t easy for me! I typically eat pretty healthy and exercise (kettlebells and HIIT). I eat from 10 am – 8pm. I started with a 12-8pm window but I was getting super hangry so I modified it. My hunger levels have adjusted now so I might change up the times to make a shorter window. I started this after talking to my mom who lost 12 lbs in a few months. She and my dad have been skipping breakfast for the past few months and he’s already down 20 lbs! I think this is something I might actually stick with – I like that I don’t have to count calories or restrict foods that I like. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee

My diet is keto (permanently) and I am currently fasting 23/1 during the work week and eating three meals a day on the weekends. I love it. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee

I kinda do that as well! I don’t eat dinner on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. I noticed that my bloating has decreased drastically and I have an easier time waking up in the mornings. So far so good for me! 😀

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I haven’t done this as it doesn’t feel right for me physically, or for my lifestyle, but I’ve been hearing a lot about it lately.

I just wanted to chime in that there is a podcast called The Fat Burning Man by Able James where he talks about this a lot.  It’s a pretty good podcast and may be of interest to you.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Holla! I love this diet, I do the 5-2 diet (5 days normal, 2 days of fasting). I lost a good amount of weight when I was doing it regularly a few years ago. I’ve tried to get back into it, and I agree with you that the first few weeks are the hardest. I personally have not been able to get past that barrier just yet. It doesn’t help that I have a new job full of Friday donuts and free pizza on random days…

Hopefully I can get into the habit of doing this again, it’s the best and most successful diet I’ve ever used!

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