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    Intermittent Fasting - my experience

    I don't wanna start a lengthy discussion on whether there is enough scientific or anecdotal evidence that supports intermittent fasting as an effective solution for losing fat. To be honest, I couldnít care less what some academics conclude in their studies or what 3 guys down the gym say. Nothing works for everyone and everything works for someone.

    Iím only interested in what works for me and intermittent fasting is doing the job.

    Iíve been following IF for 2 months and Iíve lost about 7lbs of lard but reckon Iíve put on at least 3lbs of muscle. Strength is well up and I generally feel good. I know these arenít exactly mind blowing numbers but bear with me and Iíll explain why I find IF so effective.

    First, a few points worth noting:

    ē I donít calorie/macronutrient count.
    ē Although my diet is generally Ďcleaní, Iím no way near as restricted as I have been in the past.
    ē I lax things somewhat over the weekend and treat myself to least one takeout/junk meal.
    ē Hunger throughout the fasting period is no problem at all.
    ē Eating during the non fasting period leaves me very full.

    Iím following a pretty simple IF pattern, eating only between 1:00pm and 9:00pm daily. This fits well for me as my weakness has always been munching in the evenings, which is now not a problem. Hunger during the fast is no more than Iíve experienced in the past. By midday I do start to feel quite hungry and look forward to Ďkicking thingsí off at 1.

    Perhaps the only problem (if you wanna call it that) that I initially experienced is managing to eat enough to hit my target calories/macronutrients. I found eating about 2,300Kcal in 8 hours tough going on some days, especially given that I was so used to eating 6+ small meals over an entire day. After 2 weeks of this I packed in calorie counting and now just eat as much as I want. I donít come close to being hungry during the 8 hours of eating which leaves me ample room should I want to lower the calories for some serious cutting.

    I find IF so easy to do that I wouldnít call it a Ďdietí in the traditional sense. To me, itís a lifestyle choice and is now just my normal eating pattern.

    I know there are advocates that swear by the many claimed health benefits of IF like reduce blood pressure, reduce cholesterol levels etc.. Ė who knows. All I do know that IF is working very well for me, very easy to do and is a way of eating that Iíll probably stick to long term. Iím not saying IF is for everyone but itís working very well for me and I wanted to share my experience with you all.
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    That sounds positive. If IF fits in with your lifestyle it is good. Different things work for different people. Thanks for passing your experience on. IF might be a good way to kick my fat loss back into gear :P
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    Wow , you are doing pretty much everything exactly the same as me. We even got the same eating window, to me its just a normal eating pattern now , heck even started doing IF without knowing anything about it untill 1 year later when I stumbled over it browsing around the web. Seems to just be a natural way of living to me.

    Thank for sharing your experience, and since you do everything identical to me I dont have to make a post like this
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    Originally Posted by RobjConnor View Post
    I donít calorie/macronutrient count.

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    Perhaps the only problem (if you wanna call it that) that I initially experienced is managing to eat enough to hit my target calories/macronutrients.
    How do you know if you don't count?
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    Originally Posted by dmacdonal9 View Post
    How do you know if you don't count?
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    Do you believe you've been able to build muscle and lose fat at the same time?
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    The lack of tracking is a massive variable that others have pointed out.
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    Originally Posted by RobjConnor View Post

    I find IF so easy to do that I wouldn’t call it a ‘diet’ in the traditional sense. To me, it’s a lifestyle choice and is now just my normal eating pattern.
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    Originally Posted by dmacdonal9 View Post
    How do you know if you don't count?
    Originally Posted by RobjConnor View Post
    After 2 weeks of this I packed in calorie counting and now just eat as much as I want.
    After 2 weeks, no targets, just eating what I feel like.
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    Originally Posted by KCUFTHIS View Post
    Do you believe you've been able to build muscle and lose fat at the same time?
    Defo.

    Everyone has noticed the weight loss and the fellas at the gym all reckon I've put on some muscle. I know fat loss makes you look like you've added muscle but my shirts feel tighter on the arms (not one for measuring so can't give numbers). I record my weights (something you just don't see many guys doing) so I know exactly how much iron I shift for every exercise and everything is up.

    Like I say, I've never been interested in taking theories, studies or gym banta as gospel (been around too long). I try things and see if they work for me. I'm losing weight, getting stronger and pretty sure I'm putting on muscle, all without counting the calories or actually feeling like I'm on a diet. Speaking of which, it's Saturday, hello fry up!!
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    Originally Posted by GeraldineHearne View Post
    The lack of tracking is a massive variable that others have pointed out.
    True, but I'm only interested in results for the least amount of effort - and that's what I'm getting. If and when things stagnate or my goals change then I'll swithcback to counting stuff.

    I've been tracking exactly what I put done my neck my for well over a decade so I can't tell you good it feels to be free of the [insert explicit] spreadsheets and I'm gonna enjoy it while it lasts.
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