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June 17, 2011 2:39 AM
This is a question for those who intermittent fast... Do you see a gain (no matter how small) on your non-fasting days? I'm pretty worried that all that I've lost has been water, so I'm afraid to stop fasting, lol. I started three days ago (today is my third day), and so far I "lost" 0.9lbs on the first day (21hr water fast) and 1.4lbs as of this morning (18hr water fast), so a total of 2.5lbs. I can't believe this is real weight, so I have a very real fear that it will just be there again after my first day of 'normal' eating. I have eaten everyday (as per the IF and ESE schedule), and have just completed a 24hr water fast today. My plan was to eat regular meals on the weekends and fast during the week (using the 20/4 plan), but I don't want to gain on the weekends. What should I do? Any help will be greatly appreciated, but please (and I mean this is the nicest way possible) don't post up a response about starvation mode and all that... I'm really not interested. I know what I am doing :)
June 17, 2011 2:57 AM
Normal eating as in breakfast, lunch and dinner. The 20/4 plan is 20hrs fasting, 4 hours eating. I am obessed with the scale, lol. How did you use IF? How many days a week? How many hours at a time?
June 17, 2011 3:01 AM
I honestly think this is the worst thing you can do for your weight loss. You can not continue to fast for any length of time. Our bodies need nourishment to survive. When we eat less then 1200 calories the body starts want to hold on to it’s fat stores to protect itself from starving. After a year and half I made it to my goal, this entire time I was eating around 1200 calories. I went on maintenance 2 weeks ago, which means I increased my caloric intake and decreased my exercise. My body was so shocked to get more than 1200 calories that I lost 5.5 lbs in one week with out trying. So there is the proof !
June 17, 2011 3:03 AM
Yep... I appreciate your opinion, but this isn't the information I am looking for. Thanks though! :)

Edit: I just looked at your profile, and go you! That's an AWESOME loss! Congratulations! :D
Edited by KillingAurora On June 17, 2011 3:05 AM
June 17, 2011 3:05 AM
What you're doing is really bad for your body. If you lose weight, you might look good but your body will be struggling to survive if you do this for any extended period of time. And yeah you'll gain it all back once you return to normal eating which eventually you'll have to do because you cant live on a diet like that.
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June 17, 2011 3:09 AM
Okay... There's tons of evidence that shows that using intermittent fasting can actually be beneficial. And I can sustain it, especially if it's giving me results. I feel BETTER since I started this, yeah it's only been 3 days but it's been an awesome three days! Thanks for the information, but perhaps others could look at my original post where I specifically request that only people who can answer the question post a response :p I don't need 20 posts about starvation mode...
June 17, 2011 3:18 AM
The weight you have lost is definitely not real, sorry to say. It's either food waste or water. Once, not eating or drinking anything for three days, I lost 7lbs. I can assure you that I put it all back on again once I started back on solids. You need to get rid of your dependence on the scale if you insist on on doing intermittent fasting. The numbers will vary by so much that you will never know how much you truly weigh. Weigh yourself once a week to see if you're on a downward trend.

As long as your net calories work out as 1200-1400 every day (even if this is spread over the course of a week), I believe you will lose weight in a steady and healthy manner. Although I question why you are seeking responses on this if you 'know what [you] are doing'? Also, judging by your profile, you do not have a healthy mindset and you should really consider the reasons why you may have picked fasting as a weight loss method.

Good luck, I guess :)
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June 17, 2011 3:22 AM
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The weight you have lost is definitely not real, sorry to say. It's either food waste or water. Once, not eating or drinking anything for three days, I lost 7lbs. I can assure you that I put it all back on again once I started back on solids. You need to get rid of your dependence on the scale if you insist on on doing intermittent fasting. The numbers will vary by so much that you will never know how much you truly weigh. Weigh yourself once a week to see if you're on a downward trend.

As long as your net calories work out as 1200-1400 every day (even if this is spread over the course of a week), I believe you will lose weight in a steady and healthy manner. Although I question why you are seeking responses on this if you 'know what [you] are doing'? Also, judging by your profile, you do not have a healthy mindset and you should really consider the reasons why you may have picked fasting as a weight loss method.

Good luck, I guess :)


I meant I know what's I'm doing as in I know the pros and cons of intermittent fasting, and I know about starvation mode :p Sorry, should have been more clear!
Thanks for your response :)
June 17, 2011 3:45 AM
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To the people who say this is bad. We're not doing "long term fasting" fasting gets rid of toxins from the body, which is healthy. This is why doctors recommend it for caner patients sometimes, to clean all the junk out of them. The style of fasting we do also increases growth hormone that perseveres muscle tissue, and burns fat. This method of eating provides a lot more health benefits than the "standard recommendation."


Love this :) Also, thanks for the summary of what you have been doing! It's quite different to what I'm doing. I try to keep my carbs under 120g (way higher than yours!) but usually keep them under 100g. I haven't been getting indigestion, but I don't eat a lot at once; it's more like grazing during my eating window. I don't worry too much about the cals (as much as I can), as long as they are under X amount (ie, I don't eat unless I am hungry regardless of cals) Your diet takes in too many factors for me right now, lol. I can handle calories, fibre, carbs, sugar, fat and protein... And that's it :p If I added in the stuff you track I'd go insane! That being said though, good for you! It's obviously working well for you :)
June 17, 2011 4:18 AM
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To the people who say this is bad. We're not doing "long term fasting" fasting gets rid of toxins from the body, which is healthy. This is why doctors recommend it for caner patients sometimes, to clean all the junk out of them. The style of fasting we do also increases growth hormone that perseveres muscle tissue, and burns fat. This method of eating provides a lot more health benefits than the "standard recommendation."


Love this :) Also, thanks for the summary of what you have been doing! It's quite different to what I'm doing. I try to keep my carbs under 120g (way higher than yours!) but usually keep them under 100g. I haven't been getting indigestion, but I don't eat a lot at once; it's more like grazing during my eating window. I don't worry too much about the cals (as much as I can), as long as they are under X amount (ie, I don't eat unless I am hungry regardless of cals) Your diet takes in too many factors for me right now, lol. I can handle calories, fibre, carbs, sugar, fat and protein... And that's it :p If I added in the stuff you track I'd go insane! That being said though, good for you! It's obviously working well for you :)


For you just keep doing what you're doing. Actually what messed me up that one week was being greedy with weight loss, pushing things to the extreme, it just lead to binging for 3 days. haha

You have to keep in mind "IF" is a life style... if you want to eat in the "standard" format during the weekend that's fine. Just try to eventually take that out. If you continue to lose weight with 120g of carbs a day that's good. If weight loss stops, lower them to below 100... and see how that works for you


I thought it wasn't advisable to IF everyday? I'm happy to keep it on the weekends too (and actually usually only eat lunch on weekends ANYWAY without consciously thinking about it), but I thought that you should actually have a few days of standard eating so your body can't get used to the routine...?
June 17, 2011 5:07 AM
Come on IFers... I need some answers :(
June 17, 2011 7:20 AM
I did leangains style IF 16/8 for about 2 months. I wasn't trying to lose weight though, more of a recomposition thing. (stay same weight, but increase muscle mass) It worked very well I thought as I was hitting PB's in strength at a lower body weight than what I had previously done them.

I am currently not doing IF because I can't train as hard as I want to because of an injury and IMO the training is a BIG contributing factor to the success of the plan.

Leangains style IF you can do everyday also. It's pretty easy.

I tried ESE a couple of times but didn't really like it that much.

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