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Pejorative Miscreant

16/8 intermittent fasting?

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Anyone ever try this?  Started this week. Seems to fit my schedule so I will see what it brings.  Maintaining closer to an 18/6 on a mostly low carb/keto like food intake.  Early days but it seems like eating 3 meals based on the clock was more of a habit than a necessity. 
 

Only drawback is my intake window is between 3:00 and 9:00 pm but I think the shortened time frame might somewhat offset the late meal.  We shall see. 

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It works...and if you want to turbo charge it keep doing low carb with it.  Sheds pounds like crazy.

Expect your energy level to skyrocket as well.  

Personally I have found this works good when I want to shed some pounds...

Don’t  eat after 8pm or before noon (16 hrs).  I make sure that first meal around noon is low to no carb.  That way I am still burning fat.  If I eat some carbs around dinner so be it.  

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Can I ask how old you guys are?

My normal schedule is pretty close to a 16/8 now, but I've tried several weight loss methods which have yielded no results. But, in full disclosure, I'm 64, my thyroid quit working 5 years ago and I had my gall bladder out about 9 years ago.

When my thyroid went, I went from 250 to 280 in about 18 months, had zero energy and couldn't motivate myself to do anything. Once I was diagnosed and started taking my daily pill, I also started a gym routine which keeps my energy level up and I've added a good deal of muscle, but my waist size is the same and my weight has remained constant for the last 3-4 years at 285,  give or take 2-3 lbs. 

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I've been doing it for  3yrs 5-6 days a week mon-sat ( eat whenever on Sun). Started out as an experiment when I was about 215lbs I took off 15lbs pretty fast, then it just became a lifestyle.

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6'0" 195lb

My last meal is 8pm and I don't eat until about noon. 

14-15hr seems to be my sweet spot these days, I work out first thing in the AM for 1 1/2hr, and especially after a hard Cardio workout I'll need to eat. ( usually break it with fruit and a kombucha.

I've tried the 18/6 but can't maintain more then a few days,  if I wasn't working out so hard then probably, but after a long workout I need to refuel just get too light headed and irritable if I try to push on.

I listen to my body, If i wake up and I'm starving and feeling weak I will eat forget the fast there are usually a couple of days per month like that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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49 minutes ago, Anybodyhome said:

Can I ask how old you guys are?

My normal schedule is pretty close to a 16/8 now, but I've tried several weight loss methods which have yielded no results. But, in full disclosure, I'm 64, my thyroid quit working 5 years ago and I had my gall bladder out about 9 years ago.

When my thyroid went, I went from 250 to 280 in about 18 months, had zero energy and couldn't motivate myself to do anything. Once I was diagnosed and started taking my daily pill, I also started a gym routine which keeps my energy level up and I've added a good deal of muscle, but my waist size is the same and my weight has remained constant for the last 3-4 years at 285,  give or take 2-3 lbs. 

I’m 48 and just needed to shed some weight.  No health problems other than the growing bulge around my mid section so I wanted to confront it before it caused some problems.  

only issue I have is my work schedule and i usually finish dinner around 9.  But then again that would be an issue even if I weren’t doing the fasting but we will see.  

lots of people swear by this not only for the weight loss/ muscle gain but the self healing that it supposedly bolsters. 

Only a week in but it’s been a breeze and I have nothing negative to say yet.  

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12 to 8 is pretty easy. I had a cup of coffee with a little Splenda every morning, tried to stay under 20 grams of carbs a day, and had some sort of snack at 7:55 each night. Sun-thru Thurs only, Friday and Saturday night were bourbon and Coke Zero and pork rinds. Found recipes for low carb pizza crust and pancakes using cream cheese and eggs that helped a lot. And Hardees 1/3 lb Thickburger wrapped in lettuce with mustard, pickle, and cheese are the best thing ever when you want a burger.

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To me an 8 hour eating window isn't really a fast, it's just skipping breakfast.  So I'm glad you went to a shorter eating window.

I started intermittent fasting almost 10 years ago, and it honestly reshaped my entire relationship with food ever since.  Like you said, it made me realize I was eating at certain times just because that was the norm.  The idea of skipping lunch was unthinkable before doing IF.  Now I have no issue with it.  Heck, I skipped lunch today for no particular reason.

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I do 20/4 now and I love it. Just make sure you're getting your proper calories in.

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1 hour ago, Dex said:

I do 20/4 now and I love it. Just make sure you're getting your proper calories in.

Everyday? 

 

You just crush 1 big meal?  Or graze over the 4hrs?

 

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I come pretty close to a 16/8 simply because I rarely eat breakfast and generally eat a late lunch if I eat lunch at all. The biggest thing I try to do is really watch simple carbs. I don't eat breads, pastas, rices, starchy vegetables, etc. 

Most people would be shocked at how much food you have to eat if you really make an effort to stick to lean meats and non-starchy veggies. It takes a poo ton of that type of stuff to add up to 2000 calories. Like gluttonous amounts.

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Lost 40 pounds with pretty much only IF, but I think it's a combination of the regimen and the natural reduction in calories. I never eat breakfast now and feel way better.

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7 hours ago, PurityControl said:

Everyday? 

 

You just crush 1 big meal?  Or graze over the 4hrs?

 

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I mix it up. Sometimes I go full warrior and others I snack.

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I started this a few weeks ago and felt great.  Weekends are harder for me and I just celebrated my birthday, so that blew it a bit.  I'm doing 16-8, but could probably get away with 18-6.  

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I'll give it a try when I get back from Aruba at the end of the month. Did you guys go full tilt into 6-7 days a week or did you play with the schedule a little?

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19 minutes ago, Anybodyhome said:

I'll give it a try when I get back from Aruba at the end of the month. Did you guys go full tilt into 6-7 days a week or did you play with the schedule a little?

I went straight into it but I already had some habits to support it.  Was already skipping breakfast here and there and was limiting lunch intake as well.   That said my lifestyle was already on track for the routine and I just buttoned it up and made it more regimented.  
 

 

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